Friday, February 11, 2011
If you have read Peter Mayles´ book "One year in Provence" you know what we are fighting...
When I read it in Sweden I really thought much of it was fiction, written to entertain the reader, and not his every-day reality. Now I know better!
Should I tell you all my struggle with the paperwork here this blog could be very, very long. Let me just tell you that when we are going to the authorities or going out to buy something bigger, we always bring with us the;
-empadronamiento (a paper from the city hall that shows where you live)
-the latest phone or other bill (to show that we are really living where there)
-NIE number (spanish personal number)
-contract from work
-the latest salaries
-the rental contract of the apartment
-seguridad social (shows that you are in the system)
-the bank account
-last years return
I am sure that I have forgotten something - like we often do with the actual papers... In addition to the stamped, signed and authorized papers we need to have copies with us.
An example of this hysterical paperwork is that we have not been able to PAY bills because we did not have the other persons security number. Twice I was not let to pay the phone for another person because of this. The sum is on the bill but they just refuse to take the money if it comes from the wrong hand.
Today however I was going to the Hacienda (tax office) to get a certificate, and as usual we took the whole pack with us. But when in the car it hit us that we forgot the obligatory latest bill. Should we go back and get it???
We took the chance and went on without it.
When we got to the Hacienda there were nearly no queues. I got in line, got my certificate and that was that - without noone even wanting to see any phonebills. WOW! A big moment.
Next we went to the Seguridad Social office to get a card for the EU health system that we need if we are leaving Spain. Same thing here: no queue. No asking for bills or what my fathers name in Sweden is. WOW again!
Funny thing is that my husband started to take out sheet after sheet from our pack and showing it to the clerk, who took a nice long look at it as it was some sort of very valuable information.
After five years in Spain they are starting to treat us as their own! Nice feeling!
I have never lived abroad in another country - maybe it is the same to be a foreigner in Sweden. I has been some tiresome years I can tell you.
Hopefully they are over and this was not only a very lucky day!
This had nothing to do with weightloss, just life. Well - I have got a lot of exercise running from office to office with all these papers.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
SP has really become important to me. I understood that when I couldn´t log on for some time. The way it helps me to put my goals in front of my eyes every day makes me do better!
Just wanted to sat that I missed SP and all of you sooo much and that I´m glad to be back!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Well, not the weight, but the good habits I got during my first months here!
I´ve been gone a while, as you may or may not have noticed, due to a visit from Sweden. My family-in-law was here and with them coming my life was turned upside down for a while.
The weather was really bad the whole time so what did we do??!
Stayed in and ate or went to restaurants to eat.
They brought swedish sweets and I had some. The first bite I felt a rush I never felt before, like the sugar made me happy chemically. I never had any problems with addictions but that feeling made me understand it a bit, a lovely and scaring rush. Brr, staying away from swedish chocolate in the future!
How all this sitting still and eating effected me? I honestly don´t know how bad because I don´t dare step on the scale. My pants still fits but not as comfortably as they did before and as it is february they shouldn´t fit at all. My plan was that they should be way to big by now.
But that´s life I guess. We had a nice time. They have left and the sun has returned and I´m back here.
I had so many good things going here though, that are now lost. All my streaks are broken! What I struggle with the most is eating regularly and that I haven´t done for weeks.
It felt quite hard to log on here again and have to start over.
Well, I haven´t just been on my bottom; friday I walked in the mountains for over 3 hours and my pulsewatch told me I´d burned 1200 kcal!!!
The sun was shining, the almond trees in bloom and we had a fantastic view. Sunday I took my husband to the nice track I found some time ago and we walked for almost 4 hours. YES I BROUGHT THE CAMERA AND I WILL POST PICS!
A little sorry resumé of what I´ve been up to. Trying to muster up some energy to start my program again.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Before the breakout of my cold I had found a track in the woods that looked promising for running. Today at last I went there to testrun it. To get there I have to walk down-and-up-hill a lot so I got there all warmed up and sweaty.
Had to catch my breath and started walking on the new track for a bit. After a minute I started running, for some seconds; the track made a turn and became another hill to climb.
Well, shame on the one giving up, as we say in Sweden. I climbed on and after a while it was ok for running again. Then suddenly the track ended...
OK!? I stood there looking at an old ruin. I did not feel like going back the same way so I looked for, and found, a small path heading up the mountain. If I could not run I could as well check this out. It was very steep and at times I almost went on hands and knees. And a lot of thorny bushes!
But having gone this far it seemed stupid to turn around, so I climbed on.
This small path came out on a bigger track again that was perfect for running. I run in the woods, birds singing, sun shining, beautiful olive trees and the rocky mountain as a fond. On the way back I had a fantastic view over the mediterranean sea. PURE HAPPINESS!
And I was almost turning around when I ended up at the ruin! I would have missed out on all this.
We have been living here for over a year in this village and I discovered this lovely part of it today. So glad I kept going!
Now I have found a track for running - which has been no easy task here.
Lot of happiness and love from Callosa dén Sarrià!
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