Thursday, June 11, 2009

what's going on

You may have noticed (or not--that's ok) that things have been quiet around here lately. While the blog may have been quiet, my life has been quite the opposite.



We're moving to Spain. J will be working there, giving support to customers in Europe and North Africa. We are calling it a two-year stint at this point. We go late August. J was there recently and he found a house for us to rent, preregistered the kids for school, and made other arrangements so that we can apply for visas.


We could have chosen to live anywhere in Europe. We chose Spain for the language, relative affordability, climate, and general awesomeness. It was easy to choose Spain, but harder to choose a specific region. We finally settled on the Costa del Sol, a region of Andalusia that includes Malaga. While we are completely enchanted by northern Spain, there were four big negatives about it compared to the south: 1) Their public schools are usually in a language other than Spanish--Gallego, Basque, or Catalan. 2) There are fewer houses available for rent. 3) While it is incredibly beautiful in "Green Spain," it is also very, very rainy. 4) Their airports are not that great. The area near Malaga that we chose has excellent public schools, an enormous number of rental homes to choose from, sun all year, and a great airport.


We were planning to sell our house here. In fact, it was going to be listed today. For the past couple weeks I've been working non-stop preparing it to go on the market. However, we are now considering keeping it. It occurs to us that it may not be the best idea to sell when home prices are so low, and the possibility of interest rates going up soon is so high. We just started considering this option (to not sell) two days ago. I gave myself a day off yesterday, the kids first day of summer break. It felt so good to be idle! Today it's back to work. We may have a potential renter look at it this weekend.


So that's what's going on. It's hard to believe that after years of "moving madness" every February, it's really going to happen.

10 comments:

yesweareonmars said...

Doesn't Costa Del Sol have a lot of Brits there? At least on BBC they seem to give the impression there are a lot there.

I guess renting your house out is a pain but maybe a good idea now. With the dollar continually dropping it will be good to earn Euros for a few years.

I'm glad J's working for himself. That makes a world of difference.
You'll have to come here to visit.

Leslie said...

Yay! Congrats! Europe is so amazing, and Costa Del Sol is a GORGEOUS area!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Are the kids doing better with the news? I'm still so excited for you! I get goosebumps thinking about it. What a grand adventure you've set out upon.

Karen ~ said...

You *will* have a guest room, right? And I can reserve it for long stretches of time? I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't stop grinning!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dina said...

Holy majoly! It's your dream come true! I'm so happy for you! Now you get to tell us if living the dream is as good as we all imagine it to be. Just think of the travel opportunities you will have! Are your kids excited? Will working from Spain make J's work life easier or harder? More details please! Picture of the area?

If you really are coming back, I think renting is a great idea so the kids can picture where they will come back to.

Amity said...

mondo beyondo.....congrats!!

Gabriela said...

I'm so excited for you! It will be such an adventure. :)

Mallory said...

Honestly, I thought you were joking at first. That's awesome! Now we have ANOTHER reason to go to Europe! Man, I've gotta get crackin' on breaking Mike down to do grad school there.

Mama Ava said...

You will LOVE it. And it will drive you nuts. You've lived abroad so you know that the magic of a new place is quickly balanced by the challenges. I can't wait to visit you! And you of course are always welcome in China!

What a great opportunity for everything. I'll pass you the name of our agent. Renting really isn't a pain...if you can afford to keep it when it's empty--but in 4 years ours has only been empty for 3 months and yours is much nicer!

I'll call next week when I'm in town and we'll catch up!

yesweareonmars said...

Hey, I was googling the place and found this...

http://www.cjsonline.ca/reviews/brits.html

Also this...

http://www.costa-news.com/