Goodbye Spain !

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 ………. 

Luton Van

…….. but knowing my luck this is what will turn up to move my stuff to Austria.

The Beverley Hillbillies

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 !

Model of a Niki A320-200

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 ……….

Catit Design Cat Cabrio Carrier Flight/ Airline Approved, Pink/ Grey/ White

…… 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.. 

Natascha & Ralph

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.

Vienna Airport

So, look out Austria !!!!  Here I come with my CATS !

Meanwhile,  back in Graz,  Austria >>>

OH NO !!!!   Not another one !!

Have you made big life changes like I am doing ?

Ralph xox ❤

Please bear with me as I may not have time to answer comments and goodness knows when my next post will be (and stay safe my Florida friends).

106 Comments on “Goodbye Spain !

      • Awesome ones dear Ralph! lol☺ I’m sure our adventures are going to be awesome! Because you’re awesome! Love you lots! Forever! ❤

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      • What an awesome comment from you my pretty future wife Natascha. Only 60 hours to go before we meet at Vienna airport and I am so looking forward to being together with you for ever. Love you to bits. Ralph xox ❤


    • Hey Beth! I wanted to thank you! You’re always so kind and have such lovely comments regarding Ralph and myself… Ralph has the best readers and friends! Yay!
      Hugs & love,
      Natascha 😉

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  1. Good luck on your move. It’s always so stressful, especially with animals! We moved to France permanently 3 years ago and we will be moving again but same country. It sounds like you have a great new life ahead of you!

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    • I totally agree with you about the stress of moving Amanda. Boy, has the last few weeks been traumatic ! Talking of animals, I emailed the vet last night explaining what would happen if she did not come. Empty apartment, cancellation of my flight, Natascha in Vienna having to cancel the hotel and returning to Graz in tears. The vet replied immediately saying that she thought that she had answered my email which I sent three days ago and that she will be here tomorrow afternoon. What a relief !

      I do hope that your new move will be less stressful and go without a hitch.

      I am so looking forward to my new life in Austria and I will be so happy when I am on the plane taking off from Malaga.

      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much Irene, just a few things left to do and I should be out of Spain in a few days. I do hope that your move wasn’t as stressful as mine has been.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • I like happy Annette and I will be once I land in Vienna. Yes, the worst part is now behind me thank heavens.
      Have a lovely Sunday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • You have been such a faithful reader of my posts Peggy and I do hope that there will be exciting posts from Austria for your enjoyment. I have no idea when the next one will be. Thank you, safe is good !
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thanks Juls. I hope the removals vehicle runs on baby oil. lol.
      I hope you are having a lovely Sunday my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  2. It is odd Ralph, I had just a few minutes before your post arrived wondered how things were going for you and Natasha. Click, there was the answer.

    You are a brave guy and worthy of the love. I do notice that the paragraph with Hell is longer than the one with Heaven !
    But, with help of all good friends You Did it.

    Yes, I have made such a big move but you have moved once before.
    All happiness on your travel and arrival.
    Big Hug

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    • Now that was odd Miriam ! You must have been picking up my finger hovering over the Publish button. lol.
      I don’t think that being brave comes into it as I know that being with Natascha will make all the stress and worry worthwhile. I am so lucky to have so many good friends within this Spanish village who were willing to come to my home to help. I could have never done much without them. Great people !
      Yes, I did move before in 2012, but it was easy to move my stuff to next door, balcony to balcony. The reason for the move was the stressful bit, but at the end of the day it was worth it as I ended up with a lovely apartment, soon to be a memory.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Miriam and I hope you are having a great Sunday.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Courage ? I had a choice, stay as I am alone with my two cats, or go with my heart into a new life, a new country, a new wife plus her cat. Expensive, yes, but it’s all worth it as we love each other so much.
      Thank you for your lovely comment Ada and I do hope that you have a lovely evening.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  3. You took care of every little detail and now off you go! I am sure everything will go as planned because beautiful people like you (and Natascha) create their own good karma!
    So…. Buen viaje mi querido amigo! Hope to hear you yodeling really soon!
    Kiss & big big hug ❤

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    • Good morning my dear friend Pelly. As usual I absolutely love your comment. You are so sweet.. I really do hope that I have thought of everything for my move. Hey, I will be just up the road from you now. lol.
      I do hope that you are well and happy Pelly.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Magick Mermaid. I totally agree, it is the beginning of a fabulous adventure with Natascha. I am so looking forward to flying to Austria in a couple of days.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  4. Ralph, What a move, a lot of stress but it will be worth it. I am sure you have packed all those lovely pictures on your walls, to remind you of Spain. Toni and Pedro will miss you most I believe. Some of your friends have left Spain already too and Hilda and David went further away. Your friends there are brilliant but you can keep in touch with internet from anywhere. I do hope the move and your flight etc with the cats will go smoothly. I wish you the very best and that it goes well and you get sorted soon in Austria. Big hug my friend, you deserve it. Looking forward to a post from Austria. My love to Natasha and the cats, including China cat. 🙂

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    • I totally agree with you dear Ute, it has been really stressful for both Natascha and I up until last week when everything fell into place. The vet is even coming this afternoon to give Sonic and Samantha their second rabies shots and give me their health certificates so they can go to Austria. Yes, Louise, Jim’s (who painted the pictures) wife made sure that the paintings were well packed in bubble wrap. Toni and Pedro will look after my apartment and show potential buyers around and I am sure that they will miss me as much as I will miss them. They are good friends.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and I do remember fondly the few days you spent with me here. Talk to you again from Austria. I am not sure when my next post will be as there is so much planned to do, such as find an apartment in Graz and most importantly get married, gaining not only a new wife but her cat Murli who is big trouble.
      Maybe we will see you in Austria or southern Germany one day.
      Love and hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. A lot of things going on! It seems like you handled all the moving so well and should already be on the way there. Have a great time at your new place!!!!

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    • Thank you for your great comment YC. I hope the final things to do will fall into place so that the cats and I can fly to Austria in a couple of days.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  6. Good luck and safe travels. Vienna is a great city to live in. 🙂

    I also recently made a big change – a new job in northern Canada.

    My best wishes to you and Natascha. 🙂

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    • Thank you Lynette. Vienna is nice, but I will actually be living in Graz, a long way south of Vienna.
      Wow, northern Canada ! That must be interesting to say the least. lol.
      Thank you my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  7. It sounds like quite the whirl wind, Ralph. Wishing you both much happiness and I hope you’ll get back to posting about your new life in Vienna. -great music there.

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    • At my age Leslie everything has to be done at a whirlwind pace. lol.
      Thank you so much for your wishes and I haven’t a clue when my next post will be as there is so much to do in Austria after I arrive there.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Oh no ! Here, use my hanky dear Resa !
      Thank you so much for the hearts and here are three for you my friend, one for you and one each for Jeep and Johnny. ❤ ❤ ❤
      This may be my last post for quite a while, but I will be back with new adventures and a third cat, Murli.
      Love from me and Natascha. Ralph xoxoxo ❤

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  8. Gosh Ralphy you are a whirlwind and the grass is definitely not growing under your feet – Wow – well done to you for making such a massive life change and how wonderful that Natacha has inspired this change for you. I’m feeling a bit sorry for china cat though… Wishing you much joy in the coming months! xxx

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    • As I said to Leslie, Wendy, at my age one has to be a whirl wind. lol. Yes, it is a massive life change, but with Natascha it will be worth it. China Cat will be okay once she is unpacked in Austria and has a door to lean against.
      Happy Monday my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  9. Dear Ralph and Natascha

    Here’s to your future happiness together, and good luck Ralph in the next chapter of your life.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon, and no doubt photos of you both and the cats.

    Kindest regards

    Adrian and Linda xxx

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    • Hello Adrian and Linda 🙂

      Thank you so much for your welcome comment my friends and I mean that ! You have both been very good to me. I remember fondly the Christmas dinner with your family and Linda doing my passport application. You are great friends and I will miss you a lot.

      I will keep in touch and will have a lot of photographs in my next post from Austria.

      Goodbye !

      Love Ralph xox ❤


  10. Sounds exhausting. I hope you have some lovely rest and recreation planned for your first few weeks in Austria. 😉 Safe (and sane) travels, Ralph and kitties.

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    • Thank you so much dear Gallivanta. There is a lot to do in Austria, but plenty of rest is a good plan.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  11. It’s been quite a journey that has led you to Natasha and a new beginning. You kept your sense of humour when others might have thrown in the towel, and look how it all turned out. Lots of happiness to the 5 of you, in your future. oxo ❤

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    • I really must agree with you Yvonne, it has been quite a journey. Everything is set for me to move to Austria in a couple of days. My Internet equipment is being removed tomorrow, the removal van will be loaded Friday morning and I am flying with the cats Friday evening, so it is all go.
      I hope you are okay my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  12. Oh, it’s scary and exciting! Best wishes for a problem free and smooth trip for you, Samantha, and Sonic to your exciting new home. I hope everything goes as you hope it will. XOXO Amanda 🤗

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    • It was scary when nothing seemed to be going right for my move, but now everything is almost done and it is exciting as I am only a few hours away from being in Austria with Natascha and our three cats.
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Amanda.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  13. Sending love and hope for a peaceful journey from this point forward! Can’t wait to see your first posts from your new forever. 💕

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    • That is very kind and sweet of you to write such a lovely comment Grainne. I have absolutely no idea when my next post will appear on my blog. Watch this space !
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  14. Dearest Ralph, wish you, Samantha and Sonic a safe trip and a wonderfully beautiful new life with Natascha and Murli in Austria. Sending all of you much love and happiness. ~ Mia 💗

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  15. Wow, what wonderful news. i haven’t been on here much recently, and then this popped up on my phone the other day! What a great love story! I wish you both lots of happiness and send you my best of wishes for your new lives together. Que tengas un buen viaje…y adios amigo! Looking forward to reading about your adventure! ❤
    – Carly

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    • It is wonderful news, isn’t it dear Carly ? I am so looking forward to my new life with my sweetheart Natascha in Austria. What an adventure !
      I do hope that you are healthier and happy my friend.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤


  16. Ralph, this is a huge undertaking and it sounds like it’s been a nightmare with the moving quotes. I’m glad that’s sorted and that your very good friends are around to help. What a wonderful adventure and best of luck with the move. I hope your two cats plus China one settles in well…how’s their German? Warmest wishes to you and Natascha…it’s been lovely to follow your romance. hugs xx😀❤️

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    • The nightmare is over dear Annika thank heavens. The only things left to do are my Internet equipment being removed tomorrow, the removals van arriving Friday morning then straight on to the airport at Malaga with my two cats. The hours are counting down quickly to Natascha and I meeting at Vienna airport arrivals. It will be such a relief when the aircraft takes off from Malaga with me and the cats.
      My German is as good as China Cat’s. lol.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Mihran. Loved it !
      Take care and be happy. Ralph 🙂


  17. Oh dear Ralph, as one who has moved several times, and not even out of country, I know your pain. Moving is tied with most stress as divorce! You’ve sure had your obstacles and no doubt you’re packing and moving after a deadly eclipse that has disrupted so many technical things in people’s lives (especially mine). So cheers to new beginnings and safe travels my friend. Wishing you a world of happiness. ❤ xoxo

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    • Thank you so much for your great comment dear Debby. Yes, it has been very stressful for both Natascha and myself, but now that must be forgotten as I am looking forward to meeting up with Natascha in about 60 hours time. Those hours will go by quickly as I have still lots of little things to do in the apartment before leaving for the airport.
      I do hope that you do not have to move again after reading your comment my friend.
      My next post will be from Austria. Yay !
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Safe travels my friend. Try not to let the stress get to you. We all look forward to hearing from you from your new, happy home! ❤ xo

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  18. Ralph, I wish you the best of luck as you embark on this new adventure. Ahead of you are many new moments and memories, and I wish nothing but the best for you and Natascha and your gaggle of cat children. Looking forward to reading about your new life! xo

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment dear Tanya. It was really nice for me to read what you had to say. Love it !
      I have not had much time to think about what lays ahead for Natascha, myself and our three cats as I have been so busy here in Spain finalising everything. Just a couple of steps, Internet equipment removed and removals van to arrive and be loaded, then I am off to the airport with Sonic and Samantha. Then the reality of our new life and adventure will kick in. I am really looking forward to everything that Natascha and I will experience together.
      Big hug and have a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❤


    • Thank you so much Sylvia. Your comment is so kind.
      I hope that you are well and happy in your new home with your variety of creatures in your garden.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thanks Lara. Big Wheels are good ! The removal van wheels will be a welcome sight on Friday morning. lol.
      Take care my friend.
      Ralph xox ❤

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  19. Yes, I know all about bigger than life changes and move. Many years ago, I left Italy, crossed the ocean and arrived in America. It was tough leaving family, friends, work and everything else. Now, I go back and forth at least once a year. You will be still in Europe, Vienna is a very beautiful city you will love, I am sure, and you are not going to deal with scorching Summer heat anymore. Best of luck to both of you. 😀 Life is full of surprises. 😀

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    • That was really brave of you to go on your new adventure to America from Italy. From what I have seen on your blog Valentina you are doing very well. I am happy for you.
      That’s true. I don’t have to worry about the extreme summer heat of southern Spain any more.
      I am really looking forward to what lays ahead for Natascha, myself and our three cats. Good surprises I hope.
      Have a lovely day my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Hard work pays off, yes, I am doing very well in California, although my native Italy is always with me. I send you all my love. 🌺❤️

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  20. OMC Ralph….we missed so much….what a great adventure you are going to live. Granny and I are so excited for you and your beautiful burride and we wish you the best of everything ❤
    And you, S&S, my sweet furriends, be furriendly to your new sister, no chasing after her, okay…and don't let yourself being chased…MOL 🙂 Good Luck Pawkisses to you all, you deserve it! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Hello Binky and Granny 🙂
      Thank you so much for your wonderful words and I am sure that when they get to Graz in Austria, Sonic and Samantha will love their new sister Murli.
      By the way, Sonic and Samantha have passports ! All the other cats round here are jealous. lol.
      Have a lovely day in the garden. Ralph xox ❤

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  22. What in the world were you doing hiding €1000 in a blanket, in a cupboard. Did you ever hear the poem about “old mother hubbard?”
    Old Father Ralph
    Went to the cupboard
    To get the €1000 in a blanket ;
    But when he came there
    The cupboard was bare,
    And so the poor Ralph had no money”
    I hope the moving company will do an excellent job and not let you down. Warm regards to Natasha!

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    • lol. So funny ! Love it Liz !
      I had the money in one place and with so much going on, people coming to pack, emails flying backwards and forwards, I became totally brain fried and put it somewhere safe. I think I put it in blankets which not knowing to me were used to protect lampshades in boxes. Then I wondered if I had put it somewhere else, searched everywhere, couldn’t find it. One day Natascha and I while unpacking a box will find it I’m sure.
      The removals van is coming tomorrow so I had better not hide all the boxes in a cupboard.
      Thank you so much for your nursery rhyme dear friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • Thank you so much my wifi for your lovely comment. Oh dear, I am going to lose my wifi today as my Internet engineer is coming to remove all the equipment.
      Have a lovely day Linda.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  24. It is a time of great changes for you, I never liked the moves but I can see that you have organized everything perfectly.
    I’m sure it will work out, I send you a big hug and my desire for a happy and fast moving!

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    • Thank you for your wonderful comment Belén. I am in the process of writing an update, lots to write about !
      Big hug back. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Glad you had a great time in Spain Georgia. I lived in near Cortes de la Frontera, south of Ronda, Andalucia.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤


  25. See what I get taking a year off from blog world?? Ralph moving, a fiancee, the works!! Even one more cat. Blessings, not that you need them. cheers!!

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