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2018.05.17 Erosiones de Bolnuevo

We went house-hunting today in Bolnuevo at the coast. Bolnuevo is famous for its erosiones, although I must admit that the first time we went to visit those we couldn’t find them. That is to say, we walked past them several times before we realized this was it. A house we didn’t find either. Yet. … Read more

2018.05.02 Men on the roof

Craftsmen, no matter if they are in the Netherlands or in Spain, always start with remarking that something is difficult, will cause many problems, or isn’t even possible at all. I am sort of getting used to that by now. So when the men of the internet came this morning I was well prepared. I … Read more

2018.04.18 The weather makes up for everything

The sun is shining again. Oh, how we missed the warmth of it the past weeks, hmmm, maybe the past months. And it makes up for a lot of things. Especially for the Spanish bureaucracy. Yesterday at the very last moment before leaving we had to arrange for a document from the city council that … Read more

2018.04.16 Finally a NIE !

They did warn us [14] Every time we visit the police station in Carabanchel they give us an inside view of their well-organized archive. ­čśÇIt makes us smile every time, starting off our appointment well. And this time we were really happy because at last, we have our NIE. Yeah!I expected a card – it’s … Read more

2018.03.21 Sunny goodbyes

Today was our last day in Canillas de Aceituno and we were lucky: the sun has been shining all day. The wind is still cold, but nevertheless, it was wayyyy better than when it’s raining. We said goodbye to the shopkeepers where we got our groceries. (Our favorite restaurant is closed on Wednesdays so we … Read more

2018.01.29 Sharing and caring

What is different In the Netherlands, our lives were a bit more separated than here in Spain. Tom did the shopping. He had to go to Amsterdam on a regular basis. He visited his friends.I visited my friends. Had walks with some of them or lunches together. Over here we have much more activities we … Read more

2018.01.08 ┬┐Hablas espa├▒ol?

I had a Spanish trial lesson today. The school in La Herradura only offers individual classes or group conversation lessons. My other courses all were group lessons and I wasn’t sure whether I would like a one on one lesson, hence the trial. As a present from the school, I not only had my trial … Read more

2018.01.03 Civil servants not being civil at all

They did warn us [7] Some people remark that the Americans are so insincere with their “Hello, I am your waitress for tonight”. But I prefer that level of customer service way beyond the treatment you get over here. Last time we went to the police station in Motril we were sent home with a … Read more

2017.12.14 Spanish bureaucracy

They did warn us [5] In our ongoing search to get a NIE number we went to the Oficina Extranjeros today. Our son went along to translate, maybe that would help. A very friendly security officer told us our form was wrong, and where did we need a NIE number for anyway since we are … Read more