Well, on Wednesday, we got our "residence" documents completed. We celebrated with a glass of wine on "becoming Spanish citizens" (not really, but it felt like becoming more permanent fixtures).
"Empadronado" Tick.This means our local authority can claim money from the Eu for having us
Spanish car - left hand drive: tick
As I drove along on Thursday having dropped John at the airport to pay a brief visit to the UK, I really felt I was driving "home' to walk the dog. Later, I was looking forward to another rehearsal of the Panto to be performed on 5th and 6th December.
Yep! Walking the dog, felt good.
That's when the new car was broken into and all my documents stolen - including the newly acquired residence paper, my passport and driving licence, direct debit cards (Spanish and English) - all gone!
Panic! Headless chicken-like rage and frustration. Broken glass all over the driver's seat, bag gone!
But that is also when I realised how many good friends and neighbours we have already acquired. Several came to my aid, willingly and warmly. John was not with me, but everything is quickly sorted and I feel supported and cared for - God's hands in the flesh. I am grateful to them all and I have learned a valuable lesson about life in Spain - don't leave valuables in the car.
But hey, no one was hurt and "worse things happen at sea". We live and learn .
I thank the Lord, that while I am not protected from bad things, I am surrounded by good people; from the first lady I met in the road, immediately afterwards who stayed with me, accompanied by her 14 year old son, until, my car was towed away and our good friends Ian and Janice came to pick me up .
Ian and Janice took me to the locksmith, made a cup of tea and took me to the police station. We shared some tapas with me too + chocolate. The police were sympathetic and helpful. In the waiting room, I spoke with a small boy and his dad - he boy had been half-strangled by his older brother who had literally put a noose aroung his neck and the neck of his sister to try to kill them. What is a broken window and a stolen bag in comparison with that life changing event?
I pray that little boy is not psychologically scarred, but I am afraid he will be without the correct help.
Meanwhile, thanks to modern technology, I was able to speak to John by Facetime as soon as he arrived at Nick's in the UK.
Another Spanish adventure, tucked away.
Ah 7:30 am - it's still dark but the mowers have started on the golf course. For some, another day of hitting a ball with a stick has begun
Now then, where did they take the car to be repaired.....?