Busy, busy, busy ! This month was heaven and hell in preparing to leave Spain.
HELL: Not being able to find a sensibly priced removals company to move my apartment contents from Spain to Austria. Requests either ignored or quotes of €6000+. Cat couriers ignored emails, or one wanted €2000 to transport my 2 cats to Austria. The vet said she was coming, then not coming. THREE TIMES !!. to microchip Sonic & Samantha and give them their rabies shots for their passports and health certificates. She is due to give them their final rabies shot, but I have had no reply from her to my email. 2 phone calls and 13 emails it took to cancel the Internet. A morning’s trip to my bank to transfer funds. And THEN I hid €1000 contained in an envelope in a blanket in a cupboard ….. no idea where it has gone … packed in a box I hope. Oh boy !
HEAVEN: A removals company popped up in my inbox, quoted €2500 to move my stuff with a 20 cubic metre & 1000Kg strict limit…. I took it. My flight booked. Friends: Christine, Toñi & Pedro, Linda & John, Monica, and finally, Louise came round and packed all my stuff. Thank you fantastic friends ! Thierry has and will be driving me around and he has organised personnel to load the removals vehicle. Thanks Thierry. Great friend ! My Spanish lawyer is acting for me concerning the sale of my apartment. The Internet equipment will go this week.
This is what the removal vehicle should look like ……….
…….. but knowing my luck this is what will turn up to move my stuff to Austria.
As soon as the removals vehicle has left I will leave for Malaga airport. Hopefully they will get the plane off the stand before it takes off !
Then it’s goodbye to Spain as the Niki flight takes off for Vienna. I will be so relieved and happy !
But what about my cats you may well ask ?
You have given me months of grief, so it is payback time guys ! China Cat & Coo Coo, you will be in that box for a couple of weeks, whereas Sonic & Samantha ……. brace yourselves ! You two will be put in your own cat carriers ……….
…… where you will be in a car for a couple of hours, hang about at Malaga airport, put in the hold of the aircraft (€100 each), a 3 hour flight, taxi to the hotel where you will let out overnight. 10 hours in your carriers !
The following day, back in your carriers, taxi, train, taxi to your new home. Another 4 hours in your carriers !
I am loving this. HEAVEN !!
As I gradually turn out the lights on living 15 years in Spain, memories flood back; parties, great friends, wonderful days, screwed up goverment paperwork etc..
Goodbye Spain !
And so begins a new chapter in both Natascha and my life. Marriage, new country for me, new home and 3, yes, 3 cats. Our new family !!
Natascha will be waiting for us at Vienna airport Arrivals as the cats and I emerge after midnight. There will be lots of hugs and kisses, then we will walk out of the airport hand in hand to begin our new life in Austria.
So, look out Austria !!!! Here I come with my CATS !
Meanwhile, back in Graz, Austria >>>
OH NO !!!! Not another one !!
Ralph xox ❤
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