“Boy, this had better be worth it.”
I must have muttered these words a couple dozen times each day for the past week. There is nothing like packing up your family and moving to another country to really get your juices flowing. By day, we’ve been packing and cleaning. Packing and cleaning; on our feet all day long. By night, there are so many things swirling around in my head that it has been difficult to sleep. So I’ve been left in a state of both physical and mental exhaustion contemplating if we’ve made the right decision.
I suspect we have. It just may not be confirmed for a little while.
Our flights to Madrid depart on Monday, June 30 so here is the final pre-trip update.
- Renters – check! Like many things in life, things usually work out in a positive way when given a little patience. At the final hour, we found a lovely family to rent our house while we’re away. They seem to be excited about the home and we know they’ll fit well in the neighborhood.
- School Enrollment – check! Despite email problems at the local public school in Granada, I was able to successfully enroll our boys into their 4th grade class prior to school being let out for the summer (along with the administration). We are now enrolled into the school of our choice that is also a 6-minute walk from our Albaicín house.
- Sell Car – check! Within 24-hours of my car being listed on Craigslist, a guy drove up from Chicago, took a test drive around the block, and paid 90% of my asking price in cash. I think we’ll use this money to open a bank account in Spain to pay for utilities and other expenses while there.
- International Driver’s Permit – check! The fine folks over at COMO Consulting had some good information about driving in Spain. It’s not enough to just have your U.S. driver’s license so they advised picking up an International Driver’s Permit. It seems like a racket to just extract an additional $15 out of your pocket, but it does buy some piece of mind in case we get pulled over.
- Move out – check! The movers came last Tuesday and promptly emptied our house, trucked it over to our storage units, and unloaded all of our stuff. I helped and was absolutely whipped by the end of the 5 or so hours of lifting only the lightest of our boxes. The movers went off to perform another family’s move later that same day. The wife and I ended the beautiful day with some cold beer.
As long as we make our flight, there is nothing left on our list but finding some chocolate con churros once we arrive in Madrid.
I’m a pretty big soccer fan, so the World Cup matches have made for some welcome reprieves to packing and cleaning. While I was bummed to see Spain knocked out from the tournament prematurely, it will be a real treat to watch the USA vs Belgium from our hotel just south in Madrid after a long day of traveling.
We’ll see you on the other side and thanks for following along!