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„Der Paul war der Dolmetscher bei einem Choraustaustasch zwischen den St. Nicholas Singers aus Northwich, UK und unserem Kinderchor, den „Kolibris“, hier in Koblenz, Deutschland. Ohne ihn hätten wir es nicht geschafft! Er war fleiβig, sympathisch und sehr effektiv.“
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Third time lucky! PDF
Thursday, 03 February 2011 00:00
 

Yesterday we became the proud owners of our dream home here in southern Spain - at the third attempt! Yes, a visit to the notary’s office in Ronda and the handing over of a large sum of money were enough to transact the house we had put a deposit on four months ago.

When we decided to marry last year the future Mrs W and I decided to pool our resources and look for our dream home – a house we could retire to and which we would own jointly. 

Our first dream home was an enchanting old town house with a stunning garden in another village in the Serranía de Ronda. We set our hearts on that, although it ultimately fell through for two main reasons: it was too expensive; and we realised we didn’t really want to leave our current village to move to Gaucín.

Shortly after that we thought we’d found the perfect answer – on the edge of our village itself. Dream home no 2 was a large holiday villa with pool set on a large plot and ripe for conversion into a permanent home. We agreed to buy and set a provisional completion date for Autumn 2010.

At the end of July we set off for Germany to get married as planned before our thoughts then turned to the impending move. But shortly after we returned to Spain from our extended honeymoon, that house also fell through, for reasons too complicated to describe here. Needless to say, we were pretty angry and upset.

As therapy for our frustration and disappointment we viewed seven properties in two days, and in so doing found dream home no 3, the house which finally became ours yesterday.

In most respects it’s just what we wanted - a ground floor villa with vehicle access, a large garden and a pool - and although it’s not in our village, it’s just  15 minutes away by car in the next valley.

Back to today. After our somewhat longer-than-expected stay at the notary, the vendors and ourselves adjourned to a nearby cafe for a celebratory drink before we all went to the house for another celebratory drink, while they showed us the ropes. After they’d departed we unloaded a vanload of belongings we’d brought across, before we returned to our village for another celebratory drink with friends, a meal and an early night.

Today it will be more ferrying of furniture and possessions, a bit of internal decoration, and the delivery of a couple of new items of furniture. Tomorrow, the removers are due to arrive from England with a container full of furniture and belongings from my former house there.

We plan to move in on Saturday, all being well. Then, Iwe hope we can relax and begin to enjoy our dream home, for this whole process has been one of the most stressful periods I can ever remember, but that, as they say, is another story ...

© Paul Whitelock

 

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0 #1 2011-02-07 14:48
I hope the move went well and that you both now have the chance to enjoy your new surroundings. Don´t forget those 15 bars in Montejaque though.
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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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