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  • Day7

    Evening in Granada

    January 31, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    We did a tapas run. Buy a drink (coke) and they bring out different tapas. Enjoy the evening snack and then walk down the narrow alley ways to another cafe. Order a drink and the cafe brings another completely different type of tapas. It was fun.
    Here’s more fotos of the Ahambra
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  • Day44

    Churros & soccer

    September 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    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 ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    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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  • Day122

    Christmas lights

    December 5, 2017 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    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!Read more

  • Day122

    Autumn colours

    December 5, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    One of our favourite places to stroll in Granada are the paths leading up to and around the Alhambra and surrounding gardens. They are steep but spectacular & there are lots of things to explore on the way up. Right now the trees are all red and yellow & with snow capped mountains framing the view it is beautiful! Just a shame that it’s sooo damn cold!!!Read more

  • Day125

    A puente

    December 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    A puente is a holiday in spain from the 6th - 10th December. The 6th (Wednesday) is constitution day & the 8th (Friday) is the feast of the immaculate conception of the blessed Virgin Mary. The holiday is called a puente (meaning bridge) in recognition of the fact that they need an extra day off to bridge the time between the weekend and the holidays to create a long weekend. Love this country!!

    We utilized our days off school off with a short trip to nearby town Cordoba & under intense pressure from Max we drove up to Sierra Nevada to touch the snow.

    The highlight of Cordoba was the Mezquita-Catedral a beautiful and fascinating building that symbolizes the many religious changes Cordoba has undergone over the centuries. My pictures don’t do this building justice - it is truly amazing. Of course the kids were more interested in the garbage truck outside and Ivy actually declared she was bored after 3.5 minutes. Max used the time to ask us every question imaginable about the death of Jesus & the meaning behind all of the other religious drawings, all of which Chris & I were ill-equipped to deal with.

    The sun was shining for our first time in the snow. No skiing but great fun tobogganing & just general messing around. I think we will be back soon!
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  • Day49

    Day 49c. Alhambra, Granada

    September 22, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today we took our only excursion. We went to Alhambra, the palace of the last Emir of the Arabic Calliphate of Spain. It was capture by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castilla in the 15th Century.
    While is was first a Roman fort and second a Arabic stronghold it was the Emirs that gave its its scale and magnificence. Isabelle and Ferdinand made minor changes and later King Carlos built the Summer Palace but it was the Moors (Arabas) that were the true architects of The Alhambra.
    The palace fell into disuse in the 16th Century and for many years it was occupied by squatters, but in 1870 Washington Irving discovered it and popularised it with his novel "Life in the Alhambra" and since then it has been a tourist "mecca".
    In the Alhambra the space is arranged as enclosed gardens separated by rooms and passage of intense beauty. Gardens are centered on water features with still reflective pool with water channelled from mountains 8km away.
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  • Day5


    December 18, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Heute ging es in die Alhambra, die rote Burg. Die Anlage besteht aus mehreren Palästen und Gartenanlagen. Jetzt im Winter ist die Vegetation der Gärten zwar nicht so üppig, aber dafür ist die Burg touristisch nicht so überlaufen. Die Alhambra ist auf jeden Fall einen Besuch wert und der Nasridenpalast mit seinem maurischen Baustil ist sehr beeindruckend.Read more

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