Dear Fodenvensel Friends,
We would like to take a moment to say that we are very happy to know that you are reading what we’re laying down. It makes us feel more connected to home and friends and family. We thought we would also fill you in a little about our plans. As this blog title suggests, we’ve been here for about a month. Our plan was to be in the south of Spain during February and March while the weather in northern Spain is cold and wet and then walk the Camino de Santiago at the beginning of April. It turns out we have really been enjoying our time at Cortijada Los Gázquez and Simon & Donna have asked if we’d be willing to stay through mid-April. Although that will change the timing for our walk we have decided to stay. Since David may only be in the EU for 90 days within a 180-day period, he must leave for 90 days before returning to walk the Camino. Austin will accompany him on his 90-day walkabout because we like to stick together. At the moment we are considering other places to go in order to refresh our time in Spain. Right now we’re considering Morocco, in part because it is so close and also because it’s Africa! We are also accepting recommendations and suggestions, and if anyone has a connection someplace we would like to know about it! (Dear Israeli family, we would like you to know that we are thinking about stopping over at some point to visit with you.)
We left the United States with the idea that we might travel for at least 4 months, maybe 8 months and possibly a year or so. At the moment, having found a situation we really enjoy and being so full of ideas, we feel quite optimistic and open to a longer timeline. (Dear Mom, we are sorry for this.)
And now for something completely different:
We can’t tell if we have done a thorough enough job conveying to you the vast amazingness of the geography that surrounds us here. Every day, all day long the beauty of our surroundings is astounding. When David goes outside at night to water a tree (due to water conservation efforts gents are asked not to use the loo unless necessary – ladies are exempt from this rule) the sky is so dark we’re pretty sure there are more stars shining and twinkling than there have ever been before. It’s fun sharing pictures with you and it is difficult to communicate how picturesque every direction, mountain, hill, tree, sowed field, forested area, big open blue sky, billowing clouded sky or blowing snow storm is. The homestead is located within a national park called Parque Natural Sierra de María-Los Vélez and the driveway is several miles of winding mud and gravel. Sometimes when the wind blows it’s like putting your ear to a seashell, except it is a special sea storm shell. And sometimes when the wind blows in just the right direction it carries the sound of bells from distant flocks of sheep moving across the hills.