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Granada

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  • Day37

    First day of School

    September 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    First day of school! Kids were amazing! Max & ivy took everything in their stride. Tom needed me by his side but was gaining confidence by the minute. Good signs.

    Ivy's teacher speaks some English. Max & tom are completely immersed in Spanish. Quite funny listening to their take on what happened today. Max thinks his class were talking about pirates but isn't sure. Tom only talked about a boy who blew up a plastic bag and popped it on his head. Ivy did a picture of an elephante.

    An embracing school community with a smattering of parents we could talk to from Canada, US, Holland & Germany. Even one Dad from Melbourne on his second year in Granada with his 4 kids!

    You can see the toll the day had on Ivy. She is really embracing the siesta!
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  • Day44

    Churros & soccer

    September 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Now three weeks in and we are starting to find our feet! We finally tracked down churros & it goes without saying that it was hugely popular!! The boys have joined a soccer club & Chris has somehow found himself again in assistant coach position. The boys hang out for the Tuesday & Thursday games. Last night while having dinner we had to leave the Barcelona match on in case they scored!! It seems our football obsession is transferable across boundaries.

    School continues to go well. Max has scored a seat next to a girl that gives him lollies everyday. Tom is learning the numbers & doing lots of coloring in & Ivy has made a friend.

    Chris & I have done our first tapas night with some other expats. Delicious, lots of drinks, out too late!
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  • Day59

    Ivys birthday in the alpujarras

    October 3, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    We ventured out of town this weekend to the mountains above Granada - the Alpujarras. Little white villages built on steep slopes within a dramatic rocky landscape. We arrived a little bit homesick (missing the grand final) & bus sick (very winding roads) but were revived quickly by our very tranquil & quaint little casa in the hills.

    Ivy celebrated her long-awaited 4th birthday. The boys even trekked to the next village to get her a chocolate cake complete with pink sprinkles!

    Now back to our new 'normal' in Granada. School, Spanish, soccer, music & dance & usually a few to many cervezas!
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  • Day98

    More birthday parties..

    November 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    This week has been the week of Tom with him celebrating his 6th bday. Two of the lovely mums from his class invited us to do a joint party with their kids Sara & Pablo, which we keenly accepted. The parties here are almost all held in ‘the pinos’ above the city. The spot has spectacular views out to the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains & lots of room for the kids to roam. It was great to see Tom enjoying himself and getting showered with love from his new classmates. Tomorrow his birthday celebrations continue with us all going to a soccer game to see the team ‘Granada’ in action.

    Out of all the kids Tom has had the hardest time adjusting to a new place & school. I’m pleased to report however that over the past couple of weeks he has switched into gear. Almost like he has accepted the fact that this is his new reality & has decided to enjoy it. Fingers crossed he stays on track from here!!

    The weather has also suddenly changed here. We are waking up to 1 or 2 degree mornings & we have snow on the mountains. We are struggling to work the complicated, underfloor heating system in our house & it is COLD. The days are still clear, warm & sunny but I’m already missing the warm summer evenings we experienced when we first arrived. The kids of course are super excited about seeing snow for the first time! That might be my next post!!
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  • Day105

    A narrow gorge, cave and swinging bridge

    November 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Today, the 18th of November is my mums birthday. This day and the days leading up to it are always difficult because she is so present in my thoughts and that means I miss her more than usual. So, in her memory, I decided to embark on an 'Aima adventure' and take the boys to the hills. We started on a dirt path outside Monochil a small town 10kms from Granada. Alone and with little signage we followed our instincts along a narrow path through a dramatic gorge crawling under rock overhangs and though a cave to finally reach some spectacular (but suspect looking) swinging bridges. It was a beautiful adventure and we needed lots of 'Aima explorer spirit' to get us through! Happy birthday mum.Read more

  • Day34

    Our hood

    September 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Some more photos of our local neighborhood in the albaicin. We are a few steps from a plaza that has a fresh food market everyday and an ice cream shop! Importantly we have found a playground & some open space a few minutes walk away. Sadly - no grass! As you can see from the photos, this place is concrete, rock, tiles and dark wood. It feels so solid!!

    Things we love so far: no cars, walking everywhere, hot weather, salami, really cheap beer, the beautiful architecture, tapas!!

    Things we are not so sure about: the bread, shops always closed, dog poo, smoking, steep hills, late nights = cranky kids!!

    Kids start school on Monday. Wish them luck!
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  • Day28

    We made it!

    September 2, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    We are very pleased to have arrived in Granada! We are already in love with our little house & this beautiful city. We survived our 28 hour journey unscathed however arrived with a sleep deficit that might take a few days to work off. Getting ready now for our first siesta!

  • Day191

    Family Road Trip - Part 2

    February 12, 2018 in Spain ⋅

    Our next stop was a cliff top house overlooking Strait of Gibraltar near the beachside town and kitesurfing hub of Tarifa. The kids spent a day rolling down the sand dunes at Punta Paloma beach before we boarded a ferry to Tangier in Morocco. All my preparation for our 2 day trip to Morocco went out the window when our trusty guide did not meet us at the port. But in true Morocco style there were 100 other tourist guides ready to take his place. We ended up on our feet with a great guide, nice walking tour of Tangier, an authentic Moroccan lunch and a comfortable ride to the 'blue city' of Chefchaouen, 2 hours away. Chefchaouen lived up to its reputation as a relaxed and picturesque town and the kids were well entertained by all the weird and wonderful things and people you see in a developing country.Read more

  • Day606

    WWOOF 1 Arriving at Cortijo Don Federico

    February 22, 2018 in Spain ⋅

    Today was the day we began our 2 week WWOOFing experience on an organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We were both excited so we made a prompt start, emptying the van waste and decrying the low water pressure as we waited what seemed like an interminable time for the water tank to fill.

    Currently at 670m above sea level we had nearly 300m to climb. The roads were good until we came to a stretch that had obviously suffered a major landslide. Most of the road had been dug out from under the scree but yellow lines had been painted to divert the course of the lanes, keeping them away from the rubble still piled on the uphill side, and at times, away from the large subsidence cracks on the downhill side.

    Cortijo Don Federico is off grid so it doesn't have an address and even when we entered its coordinates, the sat nav could only get us as far as the nearest village, Lobras. From here we turned off onto a single track concrete road cut out of the hill with overhanging olive and almond trees. We would never usually have taken Martha Motorhome along here, but our hosts had assured us that larger vehicles than ours had recently used the route, so we persevered despite the branches scraping along both sides at the same time. It was to be the most terrifying drive of our lives! The concrete disappeared and the narrow gravel track started to climb and wind tightly upwards. The underside of the van grounded more than once and when we arrived at the first steep switchback bend the wheels began slipping. After reversing and several more attempts we finally got enough traction to continue and took the bends faster after that, our knuckles white at the prospect of misjudging it and tipping over the edge, down the near vertical slope to our certain deaths!

    We arrived physically shaking and were greeted by our host Andi and the two friendly long haired family dogs, Mora and Rita who excitedly barked us to a space in the small parking area the Cortijo shared with the neighbouring property.

    Luckily Andi had the kettle on in the house he and his partner Chiara had rebuilt from ruins when they moved here 14 years ago. Andi is from Cumbria and a trained stone waller, building and renovating dwellings in the local area. The farmhouse was open plan with smooth edged walls that contained little enclaves of cupboards and shelves. They had reclaimed wood for the worktop and unit doors and slate for the winding staircase, whose banister was made of rustic branches from their trees. Quince wine sat fermenting in large glass demi johns and dried sharon fruit hung from long bamboo poles on the ceiling.

    After we'd calmed down, Andi took us for a tour of the 2.5 hectare farm. Near the house were the tool store, compost toilet and solar shower. Andi's partner Chiara builds geodesic domes and we passed an example of her work, covered in sheets in the garden. It was used as additional accommodation and could have been where we stayed, had we not brought our home with us. Passing the vegetable garden with raised beds growing winter salad we dropped down to the horse corral and chicken coop.

    Andi introduced us to the two horses; Capitan, a grey arab cross had recently come to the Cortijo from a neighbour who had allowed him to become dangerously thin. He is still building up body mass but was good looking and alert. Cyrano, standing at over 16 hands is the larger of the two. With his dark brown coat and black mane and tail, he is an impressive looking bay. Part arab like Capitan he is crossed with an Andalucian horse, so is strong and elegantly built. He had arrived in December from a rescue centre where he had been living since his owner had allowed a wound to become infected and refused to pay €300 for treatment. Vicky was delighted when Andi said there would be a possibility of riding!

    Most of the trees growing on the sloped orchard are green leaved olives and blossoming almonds but the family had also planted a few carob, chestnut, hazel, pistachio, mulberry, sharon fruit and mimosas (nitrogen fixing trees) that were in bright yellow bloom. We talked about the measures taken to enrich the soil, such as adding homemade compost and sowing green manure. It is important in these climes to keep the ground covered as much as possible, not only for the root network giving stability, but to provide shade, reduce surface evaporation and the amount by which the top soil is baked by the sun and particles removed by the wind. Much was said about evidence of the changing climate and increasing unpredictability of the weather and seasons.

    Soon after returning to the house Andi's partner Chiara got back with their two children Emil 15 and Nina 11. We had a lunch of chicken soup that Will had helped prepare on the wood burning stove, fed by twigs and branches from the orchard. As we were eating, chatty Nina informed us that someone had recently died driving off the edge of the road!

    We expected to get to work, but were told that today was a settling in day, so we accompanied Andi in his landrover to the village of Juviles, about 30 minutes drive away, in an attempt to find his cement mixer that he'd lent to a friend. Unfortunately the machine was nowhere to be seen but the mountain scenery on the drive was beautiful and we met another English farmer, Damien, who was seeing two WWOOFers off on a bus. They'd worked at Cortijo Don Federico before moving on and seemed pleased to see Andi, so we took this as a good sign.

    The evening was warm and bright so Andi generously bought us a beer and we sat on the bar terazza munching on mixed nuts while he told us about the depopulation of villages in the area. People had moved enmass to Catalunya, with only some returning after the financial crash. As a result several villages have fewer than 20 people living in them, many of whom are pensioners.

    The sun set on the drive home, shedding a soft glow on the valley sides and backlighting the almond blossoms. We spent a bit of time in the van with Poppy then went in to the house for a Shepherd's Pie. Although we'd helped prepare lunch and washed up afterwards, we felt a little strange accepting their hospitality without having done any work!
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  • Day122

    Christmas lights

    December 5, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Some of you will know that I’ve always loved Christmas carols & Christmas lights. So it was with delight that I dragged the boys into the centre square tonight to see the lights get switched on. They didn’t disappoint!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Granada, Granada, Grenade, グラナダ

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