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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.

The Ferry!
13 April 2013 @ 13:41

So I am on board the good ship Bretagne of the Brittany Line, bound for St Malo. I just can’t sleep when travelling & the time spent through the night will be such a drag, the evening meal was superb & though not cheap I felt it was worth the money. So I’m waiting now for the restaurant to re-open in the morning to see what they have to offer with regards to a breakfast. We are scheduled to disembark at 8.15 in the morning (Friday) when I will then have a drive for about 550 miles (about 900 Km’s) through France. I hope to find a hotel in northern Spain somewhere, far better quality & cheaper from my experience, than France.  I’m then hopeful of arriving in Sedella late on Saturday night after another punishing drive of again about 550 miles.

On Sunday/Monday the aim is to clear the car from all the things I’ve brought from England then hopefully to find everything “lost in the car” & find a place in the house.

It was very difficult to finally say goodbye to all my family, Phet (my wife), & my two daughters were very tearful & upset as was of course my sister & seeing their sadness did make it all the harder for me although mine was tempered with the excitement of at last starting my lifelong dream of coming to live in Spain. And as for my many friends, both Masonically & others, I don’t think I’ve had so many hugs in my life!

In Spain I know that there are loads of things I need to do, but as I am in Sedella for a couple of months, before I to return to England, think there’s plenty of time before I need to concentrate on them. I might do one of my infamous lists. Anyway I need a bit of warmth on my back after the horrendously cold winter & spring of the UK. It seems like the very cold & snowy winter has lasted forever. Nature has not been very kind this time & seems to have gone mad!

With regards to my Freemasonry I have spoken to a fellow on holiday in England but who has lived in Puerto Banus for about 20 years & he says he will help me in those endeavours, so that seems promising.

Then of course I want to get involved in some football, so I may pop along to see Malaga play their last couple of games before the end of the season.

Right, I better try to get some sleep but if I do I’m likely to keep everyone awake with my snoring!      

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Louise said:
13 April 2013 @ 12:03

I hope that your journey is going well today (Saturday) and that you arrive safe and well. I must admit saying goodbye will be hard mostly of my children and friends. My parents both live away from me and although I speak with them every week I don't see much of them so there will be no real change there. Some friends have said to have a farewell do and others have said don't! I have no intention of upsetting myself, friends or family so will give it a definite miss! Like you though, we will at least have a tinge of excitement to keep us going. I will miss my children and grandaughter massively but I hope to skype/facetime loads. Just thinking of it brings a tear to my eye. Keep up the blog as I miss it when you're busy with other things! :)

windsor said:
13 April 2013 @ 14:55

good luck with your new life in Spain.
Like you recently retired will be arriving in Malaga on Sunday.
Picking up new car on Monday.
Completing on house purchase Tuesday.
Hope to spend 2 months in Villnauva del Trabuco getting the house in order and settling in.
Learning Spanish main priority.

Lin said:
13 April 2013 @ 17:48

Hi Gerald
By now you will be well on your way to Sedella. I hope your journey is going well. It's good that you are breaking the journey down I do think that last time you must have been exhausted trying to drive for so long without a proper break. Anyway I hope all goes to plan and you are able to take a little time out for yourself when you arrive.
Alan finished work yesterday so we will be able to both concentrate on the final push with the packing. The moving company is now booked and we sail together with our three little dogs to Bilbao two weeks tomorrow. We did have a leaving do Louise, it was great to see so many family and friends come along to wish us well on our new venture. We decided to make it a happy send off as you said we didn't want any tears, so I booked for 56 guests at the local Greyhound Stadium. Everyone agreed it was the best leaving do they had been on and several friends have already booked smaller parties at the venue already for various other occasions. We are now looking forward to meeting our new friends in a few weeks time.

Tamara said:
14 April 2013 @ 09:20

Welcome to Spain Gerry! Let's meet up next week in Torre del Mar.

Louise - it's not "goodbye" it's "see you soon" because they will all come out and see you :-). Good luck with your move :-)

Windsor - celebration drink on Tuesday!

Lin - good luck with your move. I know Gerry is looking forward to having you and Alan in the patch!

Gerald said:
14 April 2013 @ 10:22

Sunday morning & what a superb start to my first full day! My door to the balcony is wide open & I am WARM which is more than I can say after being in dear old England these last 7 months!

I'll write a blog possibly tonight to answer all your posts but thank you Louise, Windsor, Lin & Tamara for your kind words & best wishes.

And yes Windsor what about that celebration drink then you can meet some of the friends you already have on EoS.

Louise I will attempt to tell you a couple of mistakes I made saying goodbye to everyone.

Lin I look forward to "popping" over (or you popping over to me) in a few weeks, I say "popping" 'cos its only 5 miles (9 Kms) but takes 20 minutes between villages!

And Tamara! ................... I really look forward to seeing you again. We know where; it's just when?

We'll then arrange another "friends of EoS" get together.

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