Life in Santiago

Right now, I'm sitting under the ancient stone arches in Rua Nova, enjoying the hustle and bustle and the ambience of Santiago life. Children walk by dressed in their quaint little dresses and 'outfits', followed by their beautifully dressed parents. Yes, Santiago may be a smallish town but they have style. European women dress beautifully. …

Routine

6 weeks in Santiago and I'm still pinching myself every day. I live in a tiny country town and I wake each morning to roosters crowing, birds awakening and dogs barking in the distance. This morning I can't see out my window for the fog that's rolled in and the air is still. It is …

WARNING- don’t read if you are Catholic!!! (You may be offended )

It's been a while since I posted a blog and I have no idea where the time has gone. School was changed to afternoons for two weeks and it has thrown my routine out badly. I'm used to the delight of afternoon siesta now. It has not been possible because of school and it is …

Perhaps I Should Plan Things a Little Better… or Indeed, Make a Plan 😳

This weekend has been so weird. John Brierley (author of my guidebook)needs to seriously look at his measurements and distances, and someone needs to walk the path from Armenteira to Vila de la Rousa with a can of yellow paint. I was wishing I had packed a telescope so I could see the yellow markers …

What a weekend!

Friday morning did not start well. 'Tracey' my Indian 'assistant' was most unco operative when I rang the bank because I was having trouble transferring money. It seems when one changes countries, Microsoft and many other companies like to shut down accounts! I was down to my last 25 euros and the it's 'so easy …

Bravery

I read a sign today that said "a foreign accent is a sign of bravery". It made me think.... This is very true! To leave the country of your birth, all those things familiar, friends and family, security etc. and move to a country that does not speak your native language, is indeed a sign …