Wednesday - Still no Computer!!

Trip Start May 21, 2011
Trip End Jul 22, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Castile-La Mancha,
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Still no computer!  Very sad.  And no one here at the university seems to know anything about Macs.  So we´re up at the computer lab again, and I just have time for a short update, and sadly no pictures.  I sure hope the 255 photos I took last weekend in Granada, at the Alhambra, and in Ronda will be saved!

The last 3 days have been pretty calm just hanging out in Ciudad Real.  The day starts with Dad heading off to work, leaving about 845 to walk to class. Class is from 0900 until 1330, which is lunch time.  For lunch he either walks home or we come up to meet him, which we did on Tuesday.  The students and professors get their lunch included at the university.  Class starts back up at 1500 (3pm), which is when we often head to the computer lab.  Dad is home by 1900 (7pm), and then we eat dinner (early) at 2000 (8pm) or just after.  We get the kids in bed by 2130 or 2200, and the parents are not far behind.  We´ve purposely tried to catch up during the week since our weekends have been so busy!

During the day, the kids and I do a mix of work around the house, shopping, playing and exploring.  Probably all the things we´d do in CS, but it´s all a bit more exciting in a different country!   Monday morning we did a big trip to the grocery store while we still had the rental car, but normally we only buy what the 3 of us can carry home (and Graham´s not too much help!).  Since most folks don´t have yards, there are parks everywhere, and we´re trying to explore them all.  Kids here are still in school, though, so we´re often there by ourselves.  Yesterday afternoon we went to the library, got a library card and checked out some books.  They have a couple of small programs later in the month that we´ll try to attend.

And even the household chores are exciting.  We have a tiny washer but have to hang things out to dry.  We even have a pully system out the upstairs window that the kids find quite fun.  Tuesday Claire and I swept and mopped the whole place (no vacuum), and then there are always dishes to wash.

Our other shopping adventure has been trying to get a new cord for Claire´s Nintendo.  We blew up the first one with the 240V here.  We´ve befriended a guy at the electronics shop, but we´ve been there 3 times and still don´t have a solution.  He´s now talking about trying to rewire the European plug to the US input to the DS, which for no apparent reason is different than the one here! 

And yesterday, we walked for hours exploring the town.  There are some interesting sights.  I´ll try to get some photos up soon!
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virginia on

I'm just now catching up on your last 2 weeks of adventures! I'm so happy you're getting out and exploring. I agree that Grenada is awesome, and we loved the white villages. Will you go to Seville? It's also beautiful. If you venture further south to the beaches along the Atlantic / Andalucia, you'll find white sand, tons of sun, the African coastline across the water, and probably lots of wind--it's the kitesurfing capital of the world and great entertainment for children. Enjoy!

And, after all that domestic work, coming back home and enjoying big rooms and modern appliances will be a joy! : )

Kelsey on

Sounds like you guys are having a great time! I hope your computer is okay and you didn't lose all those pictures. Hope to hear from you soon!

donna on

Sounds like fun. Sorry about the computer! Love, to all

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