August was vacation month. The locals clear out of town to various locales, usually to either the beach or more northern climates. The neighborhood gets really quiet with the exception of the tourists. Lucky for us, we had planned to do the same.
We’ve traded in the sun and heat for some rain and fog. Vacation has landed us in the UK for a bit.
We’re in Edinburgh first, just in time for Fringe Festival. This means that not only do we get to see the castle but also a few of the many shows.
We’ve seen various street performers and also bought tickets to a children’s play about a “reluctant dragon”, and a Taiwanese percussion show.
Cool and rainy in the Scottish highlands, pretty much what we expected. Feels like only a brief introduction to all that Scotland has to offer. I definitely want to come back and visit some of the islands. It’s been a fun few days. Next we head south to meet up with some friends!
Living in Europe for a while means that we are closer to several friends that have moved across the pond for love or business. We used our vacation time in UK to catch up with them, their kids, and their dogs.
Visiting the London area means the option to see a lot of things. We opted to keep things simple and only do one or two major activities per day. We find that our children’s attention spans can only handle so much each day. We also keep an eye out for playgrounds to give the boys time to let out some energy between sightseeing.
Keeping things fun for the kids!
Back in Spain. Time to get serious about being prepared for the start of school in September. How do you convince the kids to read more Spanish books?!? Super Simpsons comics of course.
Our first guests to Granada have arrived! Nothing makes a new house feel like home more than having your first guests. We also saved our first trip to the Alhambra for this same weekend.
Taking advantage of the last weeks of summer. Tennis and swim lessons to help the kids improve their skills and their Spanish. Also an excellent opportunity for our boys to to get to know several other expat families that will attend our same school this September.
Gorgeous sunset view from the Generalife gardens looking back at the Alhambra complex. The gardens host an outdoor concert venue where I got to see a fantastic flamenco ballet performance. Pinching myself that I got to see a brilliant performance on a incredible summer night right beside one of the world’s most beautiful architectural complexes. Makes all the crazy expat adjustments more than worthwhile!
Basketball fever has hit Granada. Spain is the host of the FIBA Basketball World Cup this year. Granada is hosting the early round games. We have seen signs of the activities around town including several interactive exhibits near the river which the kids enjoyed.
Editor’s Note: Now that I’ve purchased my first ever smart phone, you can see additional snippets over at our Facebook page.