Along the Natchez Trace

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's Coming Together....

A month or so my blog was about our future plans to live in Spain for a couple of months.  We had to put that on hold for a few weeks because of health reasons.  (health is excellent...  body needed repairs).  

Since everything is well on the mend and I'll soon have my final check-up, we were given the go-ahead to make our plans.

First off...  airline tickets.  We'll be flying out of Ft Worth, Tx with our final destination being Seville, Spain.  Bill got tickets on-line...  Ft Worth to Boston; Boston to Madrid; Madrid to Seville.  I think the longest flight is 14 hours.  That's a long time to sit strapped into an airline seat that is never quite right. But...  no first class seats for us.  We'll leave here on January 31st...  and begin our next great adventure.

We will be living with a family in Seville and going to classes every weekday.  We just got assigned to our family.  They live at Calle Alfareria 59....   I believe the family is a man and his wife...  an engineer and a teacher and their 18 year old daughter.  

Yes...  that's the house that has the "For Sale" sign on it.  Hope that's not a bad omen....
Actually, this is a Google Maps photo so I have no idea when it was taken.

We'll have 2 meals a day with our host family....  we'll be on our own for any other meals.  

The school is within walking distance of our host's home.

It's located on this street...  at:
Calle Pastor y Landero 35

Point A (middle left) is the location of the house.  Point B (middle right) is the location of the school.
That circle you see in the lower right is the old Bull Ring.  

Here's the route we'll walk to go to class.  That's the Isabel Bridge we'll cross.  Google says this is less than a mile and should take us about 12 minutes to walk.

We'll start our Spanish classes on Monday, February 4, 2013.
This is an international school... Enforex...  that has facilities in several cities in Spain and also in about 10 Central and South American countries, including Mexico.

We decided to take classes for 2 months.
I have no doubt that Bill will be speaking Castillian Spanish fluently by then.

As for me...  I can only hope....

We'll be flying back to the States on April 3, 2013.
Back to Ft Worth and to our motor home which we will leave at our daughter's place about 50 miles south.

So now the basics are taken care of.
I've been fortunate to read Mitchell's blog all the time.  Mitchell in a former New Yorker who now lives in Seville.  His blog is full of wonderful photos of the festivals, the architecture and his life in Seville.  He has been so helpful with hints about the weather, clothing etc.  It will be fun to meet him in person sometime during our stay.

We have over a month before we start this new adventure.  (yes we have vacation insurance ...  just in case)
The holidays are quickly approaching and I figure anyone who reads this has a lot of other things to deal with right now....

So..  this is just a heads-up for what's to come.
My sister, Cynthia, who is a seasoned traveler herself, will check out the maps...  check out various sights etc.
In fact, knowing her, she'll probably have an itinerary of festivals and other events that will be happening during our stay.

That's All For Today!


  1. Wow, things are moving right along! It sounds like you already have a lot of plans for your stay. I'm really looking forward to hearing all about your experiences in Sevilla. Glad to see you looking so well in your photo, too!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful experience!

  3. Boy are you the brave ones!!! Great photo of the two of you. Merry Christmas.

  4. That's awesome. Well, not the flight part. I don't envy you that part at all. The living in Spain for a couple months though will be pretty neat. I've only been to Barcelona and Bilbao, and enjoyed both. There are nice people most anywhere if you care to just look.
    The Spanish will be a bit of a tough nut to crack at first, no matter how much "American" Spanish you're comfortable with.
    I could understand it when we lived in Puerto Rico, but my old noodle couldn't compute fast enough to sort it out in Spain, but at least you have two months.
    Good luck.

  5. Oh my, how did you ever come up with this idea? Safe travels to both of you!

  6. The only time I have been overseas was a class trip to Spain when I was 16, we stayed near the sea. Loved it, hope to go back someday. This sounds like a great trip/learning experience you have planned.

  7. What a great adventure you two are embarking on. And I love your header picture. Vaya con Dios, adios, and all that stuff LOL!!

  8. Sounds like you're in for a wonderful experience!

  9. Great photo! Looking forward to hearing about your Spain adventures. Wishing you both a very Merry Christmas!

  10. Sounds like a very exciting trip--good luck with the Spanish! While in Alamos, Mexico a few years ago we took an intense week long Spanish class--if we had continued to stay in Alamos, I think we would have learned the Spanish. Unfortunately we had to leave, our little dog was very ill and vet care in that area of Mexico was non-existent. Hope you continue to post a blog while in Spain.

  11. OH, and great Christmas photo of the two of you!

  12. Sounds like a great trip and adventure in Spain. Looking forward to many more great photos.

    Have a Merry Christmas.

  13. So exciting! The school is down the street from El Arenal's public market, and it's near so many wonderful things to see! And you'll be living in Triana, which is charming and feels like a different city. I like their public market even more. You are going to have a ball! Can't wait!