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A giant leap…

Pet travel stickersThings have moved on since our last post. We’ve resigned from work (huge cheers all round) and found a place to stay in Órgiva. The flights are booked – including the cats (seat 27A and 27B, we’ll sit nearer the front) – and car hire to get our miserly belongings (clothes and stuff, not the cats, although they’re hitching a lift of course) from Málaga to the casita. Deep breath.

Our famed list of ‘to do’ tasks has shrunk and grown simultaneously. It includes such delights as: Clean extractor fan grill; Unblock bathroom waste pipes; Spend tons of money getting the radiators fixed. There are currently 28 things on it.

And don’t get us started on moving and storing items like the world’s heaviest upright piano (here it is being played).

It’s a both stressful and exciting time as we’ve yet to find a tenant for our property, but we’re on the case.

There’s also what we’ve dubbed the Knowledge List. Basically things we need to learn about or do – like understanding Spain’s legendary bureaucracy (impossible), collating documents, form filling and basic stuff like handling money (this is the type of information we’ve been trawling through, thanks thirdyearabroad.com).

So, dear readers – it’s onwards and upwards. All help and advice gratefully received.

Note the picture above – it’s the cute sticker to put on the cat kennels. It doesn’t have an image of a cat. Seems fish, sparrows and turtles get transported more often!

Discussion

5 thoughts on “A giant leap…

  1. I bet it feels VERY real now you have finished work! That’s always a big step.

    Good luck with your list of things-to-do and hope you soon find a tenant.

    You’ll soon be as frustrated as the rest of us with Spanish bureaucracy. Never mind, the weather’s great! 😉

    Posted by Marianne | May 9, 2013, 5:41 pm
  2. Thanks Marianne – it’s blowing a gale here in London/UK/Ireland…

    Posted by con jamón | May 9, 2013, 6:47 pm
  3. Fantastic! Yes, the bureaucracy…. but you’ll get through it. You are EU citizens, after all, and you have the right to live and work here, so all the systems ARE in place. The hassle is finding out about them, and in which order the various steps need to be executed, but it looks like you’re well underway!

    Posted by ladyofthecakes | May 9, 2013, 7:47 pm
  4. Dilemma: should we put photos of our cats smiling on the pet passports? Think a picture of them on top of the greenhouse or trying to catch fish from the pond is more suitable.

    Posted by con jamón | May 17, 2013, 7:55 pm
  5. WooHoo! At last! Excitement all round! How will you break the news to the cats?

    Posted by Bro | May 19, 2013, 7:10 am

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