We finally got the house empty after many trips to the donation centre and the dump.
On the last night, we were eating off a tiny side table and sleeping with just our mattress on the floor!
All packed up and ready to go. It’s hard to believe that our whole life now fits into three suitcases
On the 31st we drove to Calgary. The weather was like this when we left – cold and icy.
Lucy proved to be a bit of an escape artist and managed to get out out of her carrier a few times. In the end, we just let her roam around the car where she checked out all the cars going by and eventually settled down on my lap.
At the hotel, after exploring everything, Maggie made herself comfortable on the chaise lounge.
I poured myself a glass of wine and relaxed.
The next day we caught a plane to Amsterdam.
Maggie settled down to sleep, but little Miss Escape Artist still tried to escape for about half an hour and then gave up and went to sleep.
When we arrived at Schipol airport, we took them out of their carriers and let them roam around, go to the bathroom and have some breakfast. After a few minutes, they acted like seasoned travellers!
After a long and tiring few days with very little sleep, we arrived in beautiful, warm Gran Canaria where David met us and drove us to our apartment for the next few months. We had supper at an Irish pub down the road and then soaked in the sunset from our terrace before falling into bed.
The next day, we had a lovely breakfast at the little Italian coffee shop down the road where the owner was very nice and friendly, and then David took us to various shops so that we could get new sim cards for our phones and a few odds and ends that we needed. Everything is much cheaper here than it is in Canada. I bought a week’s worth of groceries for half the price, and a bottle of local white wine here is €1.85 as opposed to $23 in Canada.
Maggie and Lucy explored their new surroundings and then settled down to bask in the sun.
In the evening David took us out for an Italian meal finished off with a Barraquito. Yumm!
I also managed to get down to the beach and dip my toes in the water!
The next evening we tried the local cuisine – tapas. Very delicious.