Last time I wrote to you about setting our course and since then there have been some big changes! You know how it is when you are sailing, sometimes a big storm comes along and you have to change your course. Well, that is what has happened with us. Since I choose to focus on the positive I won’t go into a lot of negativity here but my guy and I have removed ourselves from the sailing program we had been studying.We spent a few days really sad and frustrated and thinking, “Well, what now?”
We decided that we should fly home sooner than we had originally planned and were able to move our flights up to a few weeks out. We had arranged to do some house sitting for the couple whose boat we stayed on in Gibraltar so they drove us up to their beautiful villa in the hills of Andalucia about 40 minutes outside of Malaga.
Villa Olivia overlooks a beautiful lake and also down the valley all the way to the sea! They have a pool, an in-home movie theater, a hot tub, a huge house with room for plenty of people and one lovely calico cat named Sukie. We stayed there for about 10 days, feeding the cat, watering the plants and doing odd jobs around the house while they went on a short vacation. It was quiet, we had work to do and also time to read, meditate and figure out what we were going to do next which was a constant topic of discussion.
We left Villa Olivia 3 days ago. Our hosts drove us to the Malaga airport, kissed us goodbye in the Spanish fashion and wished us well. We picked up a rental car and headed off to Ronda. Ronda is about 90 minutes north west of Malaga. We took our time getting there but once we arrived we quickly fell in love. Ronda has a newer business side and also an older historic area. We stayed in the historic part – in a barrio call San Fransisco with an Airbnb host. Alex and Mar run a language school in Ronda called Entrelenguas. They teach visitors how to speak Spanish as well as doing local food tastings, hikes, photo tours and cultural events. We hit the jackpot with them! They made us feel so welcome and showed us the best places to hike, eat and take photos!
Today we arrived in Seville. Seville is a much larger town – huge in fact. We are staying in a modern hotel here right outside of the historic town. I can see the fortress walls right outside of my window. We spent today taking a horse drawn carriage ride around town and visited the extensive Cathedral of Seville.
It’s nice to be able to see all of these places. We have moved away from the negativity and frustration we were feeling and we’ve moved into a more positive place. Even though our minds are constantly on our future and what we will be doing once we get home, we have been blessed in that we had to wait a bit to get our flights back home so that allowed for some time to rest, travel and decide what we really want to do.
The main thing I have learned from this situation is that when something really frustrating happens you can either stew in that feeling and let the negativity get to you OR you can figure out what you learned from that situation. Believe me, we have learned a LOT from this one and we plan to put what we have learned to use. We have a new course and a new plan and we’re setting our sails accordingly.
It’s ok to change your plans. Most people do – some more often than others. Changing your plans is brave, resilient and adventurous. In fact….change is part of the plan! If not, a lot more of us would have grown up to be ballerinas, cowboys and movie stars!