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El Viaje, Fasten you’re seatbelts

Somewhere in the airspace between Spain and Belgium Thursday, 10 October 2019 It’s just incomprehensible, once, only a few years ago I was like death for flying. I was in a constant state of panic from about 24 hours before the flight, until the moment of landing, and then the whole process began again with…

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12 October 2019

Invasión de mosquitos (mosquito plague)

San Vicente del Raspeig, Monday 30 September 2019 Due to the abundant rain of the Gota fría, the soil and the air are very humid. Let that now be the ideal conditions for insects to develop. Especially the mosquitoes and the last few days also the flies are present in large numbers, pertinent even. It…

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Gota Fría – code red

San Vicente del Raspeig, 16 September 2019   The last few days it has often been in the news that the southeast of Spain was hit by heavy storms with lots of rain and thunderstorms. As a result, several villages were flooded last week, schools were closed as a preventive measure, hundreds of people were…

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24 September 2019

Dormitorio con vistas

Lavinia, Sunday 1 September 2019 It seems like a long time since I sat behind my keyboard again. Too long in fact, but so much has happened in recent weeks because we had a few ‘Bv’s’ (famous Flemish people) to visit, and because we almost constantly occupy all the villas. So this is just good…

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4 September 2019

Doberman y el fotógrafo

Lavinia, August 13th 2019,   I strongly suspect the Spanish authorities that they are manipulating the clock, or at least the speed with which it is running. And I’m not the only one who notices that. All guests who come here have the same experience; time just flies by. It seems as if the days…

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13 August 2019

Rico sin dinero

San Vicente del Raspeig, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 In the last week of our holiday, one of our best friends unexpectedly came to stay for a few days. The same friend who was with us at Easter and then unfortunately had the full three days of rain. Fortunately it was different this time and the…

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Las Palmeras

San Vicente del Raspeig, Sunday July 14, 2019, 4.00 am In the meantime, we have been on leave for a week. As usual, it looked completely different from what we had planned, and what I had expected. The only thing that went as expected was the two visits to friends. On the one hand there…

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23 July 2019

Vacaciones en España

San Vicente del Raspeig, July 6, 2019 It is Saturday morning, 6 o’clock, and as so often the early morning, which for many people is still in the middle of the night, is the ideal time for me to write. Nature is beginning to wake up, I hear the rooster crowing, the birds timidly shouting…

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8 July 2019

San Joan

España, June 24, 2019 While San Joan is being celebrated here in Spain, meaning the beginning of the summer, we have our first official week with guests done with. And what a week! We would never have dreamed that it would be so fantastic. Thanks to our last-minute offer, we suddenly occupied 2 villas instead…

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27 June 2019

Gran apertura

Lavinia, June 1, 2019 We have lived and worked for months to yesterday, and countless other people with us. It was often a race against time, but we met the deadline. Punctually at 6 pm we were dressed and welcomed our guests. Up to the last minute, together with our dearest friends Mieke, Ann and…

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2 June 2019

The garden of Eden

Spain, Sunday 26 May 2019, 3.30 a.m. While everyone in Belgium is getting ready to vote, I currently experience Belgium in a very different way. My best friend has been here for three weeks to introduce me to her unique cooking skills. In addition, she has years of experience in running a small-scale hotel in…

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30 May 2019

Bulgarian roses

Spain, May 14, 2019 On Saturday evening we received an unexpected message from a Bulgarian couple that was looking for a place to sleep for one night the next day. They were supposed to land in Alicante and had found our resort on the internet. Despite the fact that we only open on June 15…

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16 May 2019

Vamos a Belgica

Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 After a long doubt, we finally took the plane to Belgium last week. And only for two nights. Traveling with just a small backpack and a laptop gives a strange feeling, but also an enormous freedom. We had only announced our two-day stay to parents and children and the friends…

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13 May 2019

Semana Santa

Easter, Sunday, April 21, 2019 Here in Spain Easter is celebrated exuberantly, especially in the week before, the Semana Santa. There are numerous processions in colourful robes with pointed hats and brass bands playing custom music in the atmosphere of the subject depicted around the suffering of Christ. Traditionally, the week starts on Palm Sunday…

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24 April 2019

Dos Hermanos

Spain, 7 April 2019 This Wednesday my twin brothers arrived in Lavinia. They are the first to test our accommodation. It was a huge stress for me to get their house ready. Because in the last few days quite a lot had to be done ; painting, assembling furniture, and especially cleaning. The only problem…

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8 April 2019

Goodbye to a friend…

España, Sunday, March 24, 2019 This week we made the decision, although with a great deal of regret. We can’t give Amigo a good home and upbringing, so he’s social enough once there are guests. And so we brought him back to the neighbour so she can give him a good home. The past 14…

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26 March 2019

Gepetto, Cowboy and Macho man

Spain, Sunday, March 10, 2019 The past week was pretty eventful, I must say. And then each time with a number of unexpected things that will cost us extra money, and that nobody could predict. The week actually started very well, because the planning of the works is very far ahead. For example, it was…

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El coche, 7529 KTV

Spanje, zondag 3 maart 2019 Since Friday our mini bus has become Spanish. Import into Spain has been arranged, thanks to Wim and our gestor. Proudly yesterday Wim picked up the new Spanish license plate. I think it has something. We are becoming more and more integrated. I also feel very much at home here,…

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‘Los Vecinos’, unexpected encounters

San Vicente, Thursday 31 January 2019 Meanwhile, we live two full weeks in Spain, our own ‘mountain’ as we call it so badly. It looks like it never was different. It seems like we were always here, as if there had never been another, previous life. It feels so home already, all fears – if…

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Viva España

Spain, Monday, January 21, 2019 The first week here in our new home has flown by. The ride to here we have happily done a slow pace, because the second day I fell ill. Abdominal cramps, enormous fatigue, giddy, in short miserable feeling. The result was that I could not drive and Wim had to…

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D-day

Beveren, Saturday, january 12th, 2019 It is 4.00 a.m. in the morning. Unfortunately, I spent a short night there again. I enjoy the last day in Schoofland, in Beveren, now for 23 years my home, my nest. It does strange to sit here in an empty room with only a folding table and two chairs,…

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Farewell to the Poppies *

Saturday, December 22, 2018 The last days were quite emotional. Gradually comes the realization that I leave a lot of people with whom I have built up a friendship bond for the last year and a half. And that in fact in a quite relatively short period. I could never imagine beforehand that a change…

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Farewell to the Poppies *

The last days were quite emotional. Gradually comes the realization that I leave a lot of people with whom I have built up a friendship bond for the last year and a half. And that in fact in a quite relatively short period. I could never imagine beforehand that a change in working environment could…

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28 December 2018

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