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One Long Holiday?

Posted on June 14, 2010 by Ben Algarve

Only time for a very quick update this week, as my birthday is a few days away and we are getting our house in order ready for a short holiday 🙂

We are taking advantage of how close we are to Spain and taking a trip to Seville.

Seville

Seville

Moving abroad has changed our approach to holidays completely, not least because the bulk of the annual holiday entitlement my wife has from her job is now spent going to England to attend weddings and christenings! Unfortunately, whilst there I also have to work so we don’t get an awful lot of time off at the same time.

Of course the flip side is that we now live in a warm climate, ten minutes from a beach and have access to a swimming pool just yards away, so the urgency of “having to go somewhere hot” has gone as well. A lot of the things we used to enjoy on holiday – walking on the beach, having barbecues in the sun and having time to read a book (something I never relaxed for long enough to do in London,) are now what we do all the time, so everything is turned on its head.

What we haven’t had though, in over a year, is a break AWAY together, so we are really looking forward to this trip, not to mention the chance to explore the beautiful city of Seville.

I know friends of ours back in the UK joke that our lives are one big holiday now we live here. Whilst we are certainly very lucky that a few times per week it does feel a bit like that (a cooling swim at lunch time is definitely preferable to queuing for a disappointing sandwich in Pret a Manger,) that simply isn’t the way it is. We live in a different country, not a different WORLD and have to deal with the same bills, clients, idiots and call-centres – sometimes in foreign!

It is quite important to know this if you are considering moving to the sunshine but still has to earn a living – I’m afraid there are still many days when you have to tap away at the keyboard while the sun blazes outside temptingly – and no one back home will sympathise, because whatever you tell them, they will assume you spend every day bathing in Sangria.

Did someone say sangria? Back in a week 🙂

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  1. Alice says:

    ha ha!!! I sympathise completely! I spent many a hot day trying to work on my computer in a stuffy room when all I wanted to do was sit on the veranda and drink a cold beer 😉 Enjoy Seville – it is a beautiful place 🙂

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  2. saz1 says:

    Hope you both have a great time, I will look forward to hearing of your Seville escapades. Saz

  3. Dreamer says:

    Its sounds like you have built a life that you don’t need to escape from:) so no need to run off on holiday all the time.
    That is what I am trying to find, a life where I don’t feel that I need to escape from all the time.

    Enjoy Seville 🙂

  4. Alice says:

    … I thought I had commented, but clearly my rubbish boat connection did not complete!!! but I agree with Dreamer. Finding a life you don’t need to escape from is a great goal to have 😉 although i sympathise HUGELY with tapping away in a little hot room when all you want to do is sit on the terrace with a beer – nobody felt sorry for me either when I lived in Spain!

  5. admin says:

    Hi Alice,

    Yep, it did feel nice to have had a lovely break but still look forward to being back – it was a novel feeling!

    Best wishes, Ben

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  6. admin says:

    Hi Dreamer,

    As I said to Alice, yes it is a very nice feeling. It sounds from your blog like your day of freedom is getting closer. Being free of the 9-5 can be unsettling, but it’s pretty great too! I wish you well!

    Best,

    Ben

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