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Was going to Spain from start to finish but now I, Luca have taken over

Was about researching about where to look & about living in Spain I am here. So was for anyone interested here are the good & bad things that happened to me. But now I (Luca) will tell you about my experiences, both very bad, better and good.

More of those "loads"
19 January 2013 @ 21:30

So after three days in Colmenar we booked out & plotted the totally unreliable satnav for Sedella. The day had in fact already been planned for us by Tamara before jumping on her flight England. Wonder if she will be my personal secretary – unpaid of course!

A couple of days before with the three of us in the car, she had picked up bloke thumbing a lift into the next village who was obviously an expat walking to his “local” 4 or 5 kilometres away. His name was Paul & he told us that there was a fiesta at Comares on the Sunday (today) which would be worth seeing. Tamara had also sorted a little hotel for us by the lake.
So that was it, over to Sedella back to Comares then back again to Puente Don Manuel to book in for 4 days. As a twist to this we received frantic texts from Tamara telling us not to go to the little hotel “as they have packed up”. But the ever reliable Tamara had instead found us a lovely looking apartment. We therefore telephoned the owner, Stephenie & got that sorted.
We arranged to meet the owners of the house at 10.30 & felt that the satnav was doing quite well for us arriving at Sedella only 15 minutes late, how I hate lateness!A couple of hiccups but Neil was waiting for us at the bottom of the hill. We walked 50 metres up the hill & into the little cul de sac. This looked promising, similar to Tamara’s home but hers was up hill this was down. We were eager to enter & look at the house. Was this the promised land? (or house). On entering we were greeted as long lost friends, this was nice. The house is lovely, it is ancient & modern. It is very much like Tamara’s & Phet liked it too. We looked over it twice, this could be the house. Phet & I needed to talk. So all four of us then departed to the bar about 50 metres away and held further useful discussions. It was now 1.00pm & we needed to drive to Comares for the fiesta. We therefore said our farewells & promised to speak to them again tomorrow
Comares is a little village on the top of a mountain & we had to park about a mile down & it's one heck of a hill to climb in the strong wind. We mis-timed it all though & got their in the middle of things at 2.15pm. We met Paul again & he told us that the carnival started at 11.00 am for 3 hours & then there was music from some very good groups lasting until about 5.00 then food from the cooking giant Piella, followed by more music. Phet though gets extraordinarily grumpy if she is hungry for any length of time so we had to leave at 3.30pm to find a restaurant to cater for her needs.
So then on to the Puente Don Manuel apartment, a nice hot bath, a relaxing night & plenty to think & talk about. Must be fresh to see the Estate Agents in the morning & to see what they have to offer spending time driving around the various villages, we have only three days left, would we leave Spain yet again disappointed & pessimistic about our future in Spain? I don't want to go home dejected again I might give up. We’ll see.

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James said:
19 January 2013 @ 22:27

Gerald, Glad to hear you are getting around ok without your in house guide LOL.

Remember it is a huge and important decision and not to be rushed take lots of photo's to remind you of the good and bad things, visit at different times of the day to see where sun and shade is.

The list is endless but most important is try and relax and enjoy your viewings.

I wish you all the luck in the world.


Gerald said:
19 January 2013 @ 22:45

Thanks James for your support. I feel now that I'm becoming an old hand & have looked at almost the whole spectrum of houses. I agree with though that looking at several times of the day is a good one.

Tamara said:
19 January 2013 @ 23:29

And just 50 yards from a bar!!! Make sure it's not noisy till 2am every morning! I'm looking forwardbto hearing about what you thought of Puente don Manuel ..... :-)

Maddiemack said:
20 January 2013 @ 12:35

Good advice from James and Tamara, Gerald. I would also find out what goes on during the year in the village you choose and consider where you want to be positioned. All was relatively peaceful where we lived (apart from the barking dogs in the distance and the tinny-sounding motorbikes when the local youths gathered to show off their skills)....until the peach picking season! The tractors and trailers started off very early in the morning, rumbling past our house on their way to the orchards, returing in the evening laden with peaches that were taken to the warehouse just up the road from us. We were never very sure what went on in that warehouse but it was very noisy until quite late at night.

Don't give up your search. We're looking forward to catching up with you in Spain...

Patricia (Campana) said:
20 January 2013 @ 23:10

Hello Gerald, good luck with everything. You"ll know it"s right when you see it.

There is no such thing as perfection, there will be small hitches no matter where you decide to live. Unless you were to choose the moon, where there will be nothing ever rumbling, except the odd alien, maybe.

Gerald said:
21 January 2013 @ 11:32

Thanks Patricia, wise words, perhaps I was looking for perfection & my ideal dream but I'm being sensible now.
Oh! don't think Ryanair have a flight to the moon - yet!

Tim said:
21 January 2013 @ 14:50

Hello Gerald,

Long time no hear. I am quite surprised you never gave us another visit. I had quite a nice house in mind for you in Durcal, you know a real Spanish town with a bus service every 30 mins to Granada. The rent is only €400 per month and it is spacious, well-furnished and with good heating.

Can´t say I know Sedella but I do know for sure that you cant get to Malaga as easily from there as you can to Granada from here!

Come and see us sometime,


Gerald said:
22 January 2013 @ 22:28

Hi Tim,
thanks for your comments.
I suppose Tim, when I came, in all that rain, I didn't really know what I was looking for & it was not until I visited someone's village house that I was pointed in the right direction. As you will have read in my last post, I now have a house in Sedella but I will, when established in Spain pop up to see you.

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