Monthly Archives: August 2018

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Mothers are made to worry, especially when it comes to their little ones.

I’m worry if Sky would be okay with our big move. If she would like our new house here in Spain, with us busy settling things down and learning the language and everything new around us…

I’m worry, because she will soon enter a new school and learn 3 new languages at once. Three!!! Which means she will be in a new environment, with all new teachers and kids who all speak languages she does not understand yet. We try our best to teach her some English the past half year, but that’s so far from enough. At least, that’s my worry…

And she is such an observant girl. Not shy, like some people might think at first sight. She would not jump into anything before she’s comfortable enough with it. She needs to watch and understand the situation first, and it might take some times. Maybe she would not easily make friends in her new class… At least, that’s my worry…

I was reading her new school schedule and oh what a long day they will make at school. Much longer than the school days in the Netherlands, almost 2 hours longer! Wouldn’t she be too tired? And their lunch start at 13.20!! Oh my, that’s so late! At her previous school the kids would have lunch at 12 (and at home also)! And she’s such an eater, will get cranky when her tummy rumbles. Poor little girl… At least, that’s my worry…

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But then,

She has never complained ever since we’re here. She always has a big smile on her face, and keep telling me what a beautiful house (with a big garden!) and a pretty green surrounding we now have in Spain. She is so sweet and helpful (what have I done to deserve this kid!)

We take her everywhere, from arranging some legal things (city hall, police office, parking office, other offices…) till shopping for the necessary home appliances (internet/tv/phone office, car dealers, electronics, diy-stores, garden and plants, water filter, outdoor furnitures, more diy stuff…) and she enjoys it all. Everything. Each of them is an adventure, and every single one is just as exciting. Whether it’s about finding a delicious dessert in the supermarket or to get our health insurance done at the bank. Whether it’s about wandering around the weekly city market or to register ourself in the city hall.

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We got our first playdate. With two other mothers with their daughters (in total 5 girls together with Sky, all about the same age and all will go to the same school). We met at the park, and the girls immediately played together like they have known each other for years. The moms had a blast too. But for me it’s so special to see how Sky seemed to be at her ease. How much fun she had although she might not understand all words said (almost all in English). How children can easily play together without having to worry.

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And moms like me…well, we are made to worry. It’s in our nature, I guess. But with all things happening these weeks, to watch and see how Sky smoothly and joyfully enjoying her days…it relieves my worries a bit. The big move still has to happen, when she really goes to school, in 10 days. But I believe we have set a solid base to hop on. Let’s continue from that. 🙂

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one happy cat

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Lot, our cat, has never placed her feet on the grass before…till this week!
Her first owner lived in an appartment, and when she came to stay with us exactly one year ago (she was one year old at that time, now just turns two), we decided to also keep her inside. Our garden was very small and the streets around the house were too busy. Plus some bad experiences with our previous cat, who -once allowed to go outside- would fight with all neighbour’s cats, killed the birds, went into neighbour’s house and pooped in their garden…
But then we moved here in Spain. In a new house with perfect backyard (with real grass!) and extra terraces. We think: “why not?” Let’s give it a try!
So there she was, for the very first time in her life, sniffing the real fresh air and feeling the morning dew under her feet. Covered in spider web and running after butterflies. Trying to catch every insects between the grass. She danced and made air-salto’s…so happy…and when tired settled down under the palm trees.

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But, she’s only allowed to go outside under our supervision, and may not climb on/over the fence (yet). We know her well. She’s a very playful, curious and enthousiast young cat, who loves adventures and new things. And we have been living in this new house for too short of a time to be sure that she knows how to come back after a walk. Another thing: in these 3 weeks we only saw once a cat wandered on the street. Maybe we haven’t seen them yet, but for sure we won’t take the risk to be complained by our new neighbours about our cat’s behaviour!

We noticed that through the branches of this olive tree, she can easily reach the fence and jump to the other side. So it becomes a restricted area, at least for now:

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Sky “called” her to ask whether everything is okay there under the palm trees:

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Our terrace, she always walks along with us if we sit there:

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One thing less nice is, just like any other cats will do I suppose, once she tastes the outdoor life like now, she will meow everytime she thinks it’s time to play outside. And that means a lot of meowing during the day. Luckily she is a lady with quite a soft voice. Our previous cat was a big male who would growl like a bear, haha…

first weeks in Spain – our new house

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A friend of mine said: “All the ‘last-times’ in the Netherlands will soon be replaced with many ‘first-times’ in Spain.”
And how!
We are now 2 weeks and 2 days here in our new home in Spain.
Hectic weeks full of formality and official things, but also filled with lots of fun and adventures…and so many ‘first-times’!!

In short: We like it here. 🙂
Sant Cugat is a beautiful city. We have (rent) a nice ground-floor appartment in a green and peaceful area. Our house has two terraces and a backyard which is in total 6 times bigger than our last home. Barcelona and the beach is only 20 minutes away and the green area “Collserola” between Barcelona and our city is only 10 minutes by car. There are plenty bike routes around the city, however till now I have only tried to bike once, because last week was really, and I mean really hot (even the locals chose to stay inside!). Biking is a challenge though, now we’re used to the flat landscape in the Netherlands. This country is hilly!

Now we have a yard, someone has to mow the lawn (but he does it with pleasure!):

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And just like many other apartment complex in Spain, there is a swimming pool behind our building. Sky would ask to go to swim every single day!

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And we take a walk around the block every day after dinner. Sky would walk or step on her scooter or bike:

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Many more stories to tell and photo’s to share…I hope I will find the time to update this blog regularly. Especially now the 115 moving-boxes are quite sorted out and many of them have found their places in and around our new house. 🙂