The weather is quickly warming up in southern Spain. Given this, I (Radhi) planned a quick two-day trip down to the coast in Almería with friends visiting from the U.S. Most locals recommend a visit to the beaches of Cabo de Gata but no one said anything about visiting Almería the city. In the end I found a great hotel deal in the historic center so we opted for a quick day-trip to the beach, with the rest of our time spent in town.
In an attempt to be forthright about our move overseas, it seemed only appropriate to include a post about some of the crazy sh*t that happened in the lead up to our move to Spain. Some of the items are downright ridiculous and will hopefully make you chuckle.
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.
The stress of our US departure was behind us. We were on our way to Spain. Weeks of purging, packing and cleaning our house were at an end. Jed and I were certainly very relieved when we boarded our flight. As to be expected with any big move, the calm was short lived.
One of the biggest challenges logistically and emotionally for our adventure is taking on this trip with our twin eight year-old sons. Jed and I have always wanted to live abroad and it is only in the past few years that we realized that this was an experience that we wanted to share as a family.
Adding kids to the scenario meant that we had to think through things like access to good schools and a safe neighborhood as we determined where to take our sabbatical. As we dug deeper we looked for a welcoming school community so the kids would feel at home. We also looked for a city with other sports and creative activities that would be available to the whole family to round out our experience.