Oh my Lord! What is going on with the train derailments? Very scary and sad. I feel very comfortable driving in our car everywhere. Maybe it is a control thing, but I felt so uneasy on the train from Amsterdam.. Anyway, we are okay. Safe and sound in Altea, Spain. We are staying in a home that we have several times and we just love it. It is comfortable, near the beach. We love the food here and it is a place to relax and take a breather.
We have been gone almost 3 weeks and I feel like I have been gone for a whole summer already! I have needed a few days to unwind here in Altea since we have been on the go so much since we left New York.
What I love about it here is the people are so friendly. The local Spanish people are great and many of the people who come to visit are from all over Europe. A lot of Northern Europeans are here also. In fact, some of the local store have Dutch and German foods, to keep their customers happy. The days here have been lazy. The girls have been reading, fighting, swimming, playing “ToonTown” on the computer, fighting, catching up on FaceBook, watching synchronized swimming on TV ( World Championships in Barcelona), fighting, practicing their synchronized swimming routine they started last summer in the pool here, sleeping 10 + hours, eating gelato & popsicles multiple times a day, fighting some more and eating fresh fruits and veggies that we find here.
It is hot for sure. Kelly and I have been getting up in the mornings to do “Sworkit” ??? Some new exercise app on Kelly’s iphone that kicks our butts. And man are we sweating in 2 seconds! Then I take Coco for a walk before it gets too hot outside. By 10 am it is sweltering and you do not want to be in the direct sun. Thankfully, there is shade on the patio and a pool to jump in. But even though there is the pool, it is too hot in the middle of the day to be out there. The girls have been mostly swimming in late afternoon until evening. They love being in the pool and I want them to enjoy it as much as possible while we are here, which is only 2 more days, then off to Barcelona.
Tuesdays are market days in Altea and we LOVE, LOVE ,LOVE going to market here. The fruits and veggies are so fresh and gorgeous and delicious and cheap! We load up and feast for the rest of the week. In fact, we have been out to eat only 1 time since we have been in Altea. This I love, because when you are on the road and staying in hotels, you don’t eat the best and cannot easily prepare your own food. So while we are here, we are eating well at home and enjoying dinners on the patio, and having the most delicious peaches and cherries and cantaloupes. We even made fresh watermelon juice. It makes the body feel good for sure 🙂 There is the fruit and vegetable market and then there is a separate market where you can find just about everything else. Clothing, spices, hats, shoes, jewelry, pots, pans, ceramics, etc. I was fortunate enough to find a pair of raspberry suede boots a la Kinky Boots, the musical, for 50 Euro! They were so nice, they reminded me of the Italian boots I find in Forte Dei Marmi, but they are way more expensive there. I have never seen anything remotely interesting clothing or shoe wise at the market her in Altea for me, so these boots were a gem to find. And there was only 1 pair and just my size 🙂
As far as the girls…. I love the summer time with them and get stressed being around them 24/7 all in the same breath. Yes, they argue and it drives me crazy! I think the fact that they are also around each other 24/7 which is a far cry from the school year, makes tension rise between them sometimes. However, it is pure joy to see them goof off and relax and have fun together and do things they really enjoy without the stress of school. I see the need for them to sleep a ton to recharge their batteries. I also am aware of their need to be KIDS and enjoy being kids and doing kid things without stress of school. School is way too stressful these days, so I am very happy to see them unwind. Sometimes they just need to unwind in separate rooms though 😉 It is fun to watch them practice their synchronized swimming routine in the pool. Last summer they started after watching it in the Olympics and it is funny to see them try to do it, but they so enjoy it and have to work together.
For me, I am going to enjoy these last few days in Altea and relax and get my rest, because the rest of the trip we will be on the road, but I am so looking forward to the places we are going and the friends we are meeting up with.
This train accident in Spain is devastating. The death toll is climbing. It really makes me think about how lucky we are in each moment and I need to remember to be grateful each moment, because one never knows what comes next. Stay present, I must remind myself. It is not always easy, but I will try.
Sorry for those lost 😦