Visitor season is upon us…
One of the great things about living overseas is the number of visitors you get – it always amazes us that our friends and family want to come and see us as much as they did back in Blighty. We LOVE having people here and we realise it’s a lot more complicated than a couple of hours down the motorway now, so like to lay down the welcome mat in the proper fashion.
For the sake of house harmony though we do have a few ‘guidelines’, which we’ve picked from other people and other travels:
1. This is our home, not a guesthouse – we have a spare room and lots of floor space, but it’s possible you or your children might be on an airbed of a night-time; strangely we have not rented a mansion! Use the garden, use the pool, enjoy your stay but please don’t expect luxury – mi casa es su casa.
2. We live here – and so have work, school and other commitments to fit in. During the school year, weekends are best if you want to see us! If we can we’ll try and keep the extra-curricular activities to a minimum when you visit, but life has to go on too. Depending on what’s going on when you come to see us it’s likely we won’t have a lot of time to sightsee with you, but we can point you in the right direction…
3. Continuing on that theme – we are on an ‘everyday’ budget rather than a ‘holiday’ budget. We don’t eat out much, but if you’d like to then we’re happy to recommend places. If you’d rather eat with us, that’s wonderful, let us know, and bear in mind you might be sent on a shopping trip! Breakfast can usually be found in the cupboards and fridge…
4. As well as shopping errands, we love it if our visitors don’t mind cooking dinner once or twice, watching the girls by the pool for an hour or two or hanging out the laundry. Having time to relax with a glass of wine/beer/Chris’ cocktail menu and your company is the best reward of having people stay with us, and it feels even better if some of the chores are done for us. At least you get a good view from the kitchen sink!
5. Transport – we are up on the top of a headland, and whilst you can walk to the shop, a couple of restaurants and bars and the tennis club, the beach is a looong way. For a weekend you could manage, any longer (and if you are a family) and you need a car. From the airport by car we can give you detailed instructions on how to find us, if on foot we simply don’t have time to do airport runs (3 hr round trip) but we’re not far from public transport hubs.
6. With the baby years firmly behind us, we don’t have any cots, highchairs or similar, although we know places that hire them locally. We have a couple of baby gates that we can put across doorways to help you out, but please bear in mind we have quite a few steps and a swimming pool in the back garden. We can isolate it to a certain degree but the bottom line is if you have toddlers you will need to watch them!
So that’s it, hopefully this hasn’t put you off and we will be seeing you all soon!!
All love CRFS xxxx