A Fortnight Of Friends

Phew!  The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of visitations.  We have made new friends, visited with some long-term friends and family too.  I don’t think we have talked this much in months.  Now it is back to our normal routine in Spain and it feels a little quiet.  So as I am thinking of all those we have visited recently, a song I learned in girl scouts keeps ringing in my head about friends.  For some reason this song has stuck with me for nearly 40 years and I found myself even quoting it to the kids the other day.

A Girl Scout Song about Friends,  Author unknown

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend…

About 2 weeks ago we were fortunate enough to meet another traveling family OliverTheWorld.  They are a family of 4 that have been on the road for a very long time and were going to be passing through our little part of Spain.  We connected via our blogs and Facebook groups and made a date to meet up.  We had so much fun with them and just couldn’t get enough of their company, so we met up with them again the next night.  It is great making new friends with like minds and have that instant connection.  We really wish them well and hope to connect with them in person again.
OliverTheWorld and Wagoners Abroad meet in Spain

The same weekend, we were thrilled to have our cousins Sandi and Paul arrive and spend a full week with us in Almuñécar.  We met up often and again, it was difficult to break us away from conversation (every time).  It is so good to have great family, but when they are your friends too it really is something special.  We had the best time and wished we could see them more often.  I hope they loved our town and had a good time too.
Sandi and Paul visit Spain 2013 Oct

The day after Sandi and Paul’s departure, we were off to London for a week.  We were scheduled to do our first house sit and so excited to be back in London.  Alan and I lived there from 1997-1999 and to this day keep in touch with many of our friends.  The first day we arrived we met up with Alan’s former boss and good friend Paul.  We met at Piccadilly Circus and walked the city for a while and visited.  Of course we hit up Wagamama for dinner and just had the best time too.

Alan and Paul Buckingham Palace London 2013

Just a few days later it was time to finally meet up with another traveling family Travel With Bender.  We have been on-line friends for quite a while now and we were thrilled to find out they were going to be in London the same time we were.  We just had to make it happen and meet each other in person.  It was great to meet with them and it was so fun to exchange travel stories and they too had just completed their first house sit, in Ireland.  We enjoyed our evening and with the Bender family happy safe travels.
Travel with Bender and Wagoners Abroad meet in London

The next day it was time to meet up with some of our friends from Spain that moved back to the UK.  Mike and Maggie lived in our town and we met Mike in our Spanish class last year.  They are a couple from England and they have that gypsy spirit.  They had been traveling around and landed in Spain for a couple of years.  About 8 months ago, they returned to the UK.  We have kept in touch and were completely tickled to see them.  It is amazing we only knew them for a few months, but they feel like life long friends.  I am sure they will be!

Friends Mike - Maggie

The friends don’t stop there.  No, upon our return to Malaga we met up with one of our lovely readers Serena!  She has been following our blog from the beginning and lives in Malaga, but we had never met.  We finally got to meet in person and it was so great to have a meal and walk around Malaga with her and one of her sons!  Thanks Serena for taking the time to meet us.  She too has a blog and you can check it out The Seas of Minitaka.

So as you can see there is rarely a dull moment for Wagoners Abroad.  We love that the world is open to our friendship and that we have so many friends around the world.  Just as they say around Disney “It’s a small world after all” and we love making the world ours and sharing it with friends!  Now I am missing our friends and family in the USA too.  Let us know you are staying connected by leaving a comment on our blog or facebook.

How do you keep in touch with your friends?

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8 thoughts on “A Fortnight Of Friends

  1. Hi Heidi, Alan and kiddies! Oooohhh I can’t WAIT to see you again and spend some more time with you!!!!!! Do come and hop on over to Malaga again soon!!!!!!! And hopefully one day we will be able to jump over to Almuñécar too. Don’t know when that will be though. I know it’s not that far, but my kids don’t always spend the weekend here, and I work a lot (ie. too much hehe?)! But we’ve got to meet up again!

  2. Such a pleasure meeting you. You guys are super fun. Looks like you’ve had a busy few weeks, I love social periods in travel – keeps ya happy 😀

  3. I can’t wait to make it into one of your blog posts-it will happen, I just know it! Such a shame we couldn’t get to London to meet up with you, but to be honest a trip to Spain would be preferable for me! 😉

    • Oh Melanie, you are here every time you make a comment! Thanks for keeping up with us and we will meet someday. Spain works for us, so come on down! The kids fell in love with England and of course we left them with wanting to see more. You never know when we will be back up that way too.

  4. We miss seeing you guys. With the Holidays coming up it is especially different now. Stan and I are closing our office as of December 1st and moving it to the house. We are then planning to go to Florida for three or four months. Finally giving into our age and looking forward to the warmth. We have been following your adventures and hope we can we can see you all soon.
    Stan and Carol

    • Oh good for you Carol and Stan! It is nice to see you are going to be the snowbirds and head South for the winter. I bet you will have fun with the golf and the sunshine. If you get restless, you know you are always welcome to hop over to Spain. 🙂 Thanks for the comment and we love love love that you follow our adventures.

      The holidays are the most difficult time to be away from everyone, but we do our best to keep in touch. Hugs to you both.

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