Hi folks..I’m back. I find it hard to believe it is a month since I put finger to keypad and wrote. I guess life got in the way. I keep meaning to sign in, say hello to everyone and then sign out, but that is a little too much like facebook. I even forgot my password! I’ve just finished brushing down some cobwebs while reading some posts written by some followers.
I may as well say where I have been all this time. Don’t worry..I haven’t left Dublin or anything..I haven’t decided to pack my bags and move to Spain on a whim..although I would jump at the chance. Incidentally, a few people have told me that now is an ideal time to take that extended break. I have no ties, no mortgage, no children..it’s a great time to do it. It’s a nice thought alright, but….maybe later! The word “regret” automatically leaps into my mind!
As you are all aware (if you have been reading my blog), I have a mortgage approved for quite some time. I have been looking here and there and had pretty much bought an apartment in north Dublin. I was beyond happy as it was central and the prices are getting higher, so I got a good deal. But before I signed on the dotted line, I wanted to check one final thing out. The original architect’s report..drawn up in 2000..which was by chance in the middle of the riddled Celtic Tiger. I wanted to see if he had approved the build. But he didn’t. He denied liability, as there were no fire breaks in the walls. The words “Priory Hall” jumped into my mind and I ran from that sale as fast as I could. I’m delighted I didn’t sign as I would never be able to sell in the future. I have pity on the current owners, they will have a tough time trying to sell it. Imagine if there was a fire there…actually no, don’t! So I am back to square one and I’ve decided to wait until the new year to start looking again.
I have decided to go back to Spain to finish the remainder of the Camino, but not until September. I have gotten used to the May / June time slot, and I wonder what it will be like in September. I reckon 10 days will be enough and I will have it completed. I may leave it a few years after that and walk the full stretch…for my 40th! Who knows? I am meeting some folks I met in Burgos in May before Christmas. It will be great to see them again. And I hope to see a few others who plan to visit Ireland from Canada and France respectively. I’m actually looking forward to walking the first few stages, they aren’t busy and there are no day trippers, unlike in Galicia.
He terminado mi clase de español para el año, pero no sé qué hacer ahora. Creo que necesito más prácticas de conversación! You might need to use Google Translate to figure out what I said there, but it’s about learning Spanish Oh..if you are planning on learning the language, you shouldn’t pay a dime..you should 1) visit duolingo.com 2) read El Pais online and 3) watch a Spanish speaking channel. You will pick it up very easily. And practice makes perfect. Surrounding yourself with like minded individuals helps too. That goes for any language. Rosetta Stone..ripp off, more like!!
Well I think that’s about it from here. I have a few e-mails to write and an episode of Breaking Bad to watch. Yes, yes, I know it is finished but I am still catching up. I’ve avoided spoilers for a while so I’m doing well!!