So when the view outside your bathroom window is of orange groves and a mountain, it’s really hard to justify coming back to Maidenhead… but we’re back.
Our first trip to Spain of 2009 (our second trip there so far) has come to an end and left us with the ever-solidifying feeling that it may be where we belong. The pace of life suits us, the diet suits us, the climate suits us… I could go on!
We stayed in the same resort that accommodated us last autumn and have another week booked for later in 2009. It’s at the more residential end of Dénia (the south side) and is a short walk to a beach, our favourite restaurant (Manduka), and has a superb view of the mountain Móntgo. The property market in the area has taken a hit in the economic downturn and there are plenty of tempting villas with either a mountain or sea view — or even more fortunately — a view of both. Neil and I are hatching a plan to raise some mortgage money and it won’t be long before we know if Spain is the place we want to buy. If we could do it tomorrow, I think hesitation would be in short supply.
I’ve uploaded lots of panoramas and photos from the trip to my flickr page and I’m sure I’ll have a couple of stories to tell in the next few blog posts. Hookers in orange groves, crazy Brazilian dancing woman, a town with roads made for toy cars, no one can escape The Girl from Ipanema, and more. Spain, you have our hearts!