Well another year has passed and we are still living in Spain! That is exciting for us, as we never dreamed we would be able to keep it going. We just wanted to provide you with a quick little update with no frills attached!
For the first time in 4 years, we actually put up a little tree in our home. Anya was very excited and it gave us a little feeling of Christmas. You know us, always planning to travel around the holidays so we usually just make a tree or do very little with decorations.
It doesn’t always feel like the traditional holiday season, when we are looking at a gorgeous sea view and it’s in the 50’s outside. The town does put up a few lights and this year we were excited as there was a small Christmas market in the town center. Yep, I think there were about 5 or 6 booths, but it is adorable, festive and fun. Of course the big holiday around here is really in January for the 3 kings.
Holiday Travel – Scotland here we come!
As you might have guessed we will be traveling. This year we are meeting up with Grandma Linda in Scotland! We are very excited and will be spending a week in Edinburgh! Of course we are staying right in the city center, so everything will be at our fingertips. I am sure the Christmas decorations in Edinburgh will put our little Almuñécar Christmas market to shame, but we love it anyway.
If you are on Facebook, make sure you are following Wagoners Abroad, as we will be posting live updates every day from Scotland. We will even try to do a live Facebook broadcast at 6pm GMT on December 23rd, as we experience the Street of Lights in Edinburgh! At a minimum we will be sharing loads of photos.
You know I mentioned it didn’t “feel” like Christmas, well that is going to change once we are in Scotland. I think we are in for a spectacular and magical Edinburgh Christmas, with ice skating, Christmas markets, a Scottish whiskey experience, chocolate tour, Ghost tour, the castle, camera obscura, shopping on Princess street, eating amazing meals, and more! Also in the mix is a full day trip to seek out Nessie and visit Loch Ness. We are going to be busy, busy, busy!
We will be bringing in the new year (Hogmanay) in Aberdeen!.
Hogmanay ([ˌhɔɡməˈneː] HOG-mə-NAY) is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner.
With just a few nights in Aberdeen, we are staying right in the city center. This way we can just get out and walk to tour the city. We will return home to Spain on new year’s day, just in time to enjoy the 3 kings festivities.
If you know if anything we should do or see in Edinburgh or Aberdeen, tell us now! Time is ticking.
The flu really zapped our family this year and has touched each of us over the past 5 weeks. It kind of put a serious halt or pause on some of our projects and work, but we still managed to get a little done. Of course our new ebook about Driving in Spain was published, and we are very excited about that. It has been pretty popular and we can’t wait to see some reviews or hear some feedback!
Alan is almost finished with his ebook on Education in Spain, so look for that in the next month or so. He has done a wonderful job explaining school choices for children PreK – High School.
If you haven’t caught on yet, we are doing our best to build a library for you! Rather than one huge moving to Spain book, we are opting to cover each topic. This way people can purchase what applies to them. When the entire series is complete, we will offer the full bundle of topics as well. If there are topics you think we should cover, let us know.
Here is what we have completed and in the hopper thus far:
- Live in Spain – How to obtain your resident visa
- Driving in Spain – Everything you need to know & more
- Education in Spain – School choices for your child PreK – High School
- Pets in Spain – How to bring your pet to live in Spain
- Getting settled in Spain – (We haven’t drafted the outline yet)
Pause on projects
You know some of the other projects in the works were certainly put on hold due to illness, as we needed to get out of the house and in public for those. We tried our best not to pass the germs along to others, so didn’t get out much. That means our quest for improving our Spanish will be delayed until the new year. We actually signed up for a resident Spanish course, we just never made it in because we were sick.
Also, we put obtaining our Spanish driver’s license on the back burner. Not a good idea, but again we needed to be out and about. This too will need to be a top priority in the new year. What would you think if we did video about our experiences, like a video journal. Would that be of interest to you?
Okay that ought to do it for our little update. We wish you the best holiday season and thanks so much for keeping up with us. We love our life and continue to share, as it seems to inspire and help people. It is even bringing new people to Almuñécar. With the count well above 15 families now, we have a little American expat community. We have also inspired families from other parts of the world as well.
Thank you for your comments, likes, emails, interactions and more. Keep them coming, as we love getting to know you too. Happy Holidays!