We are finally feeling a bit more settled in our new home. As l wrote previously, we were very stressed from our failure to find a nice rental. Luckily, at the last minute, before giving up and driving to Seville to try our luck there (nice part of having no plans and flying by the seat of your pants), we met a very nice Italian realtor who showed us a total of 3 flats, one of which we liked enough to rent.
It is in a neighborhood that is about 3 miles from the center of Malaga, very easily reachable by bus, as well as the Metro. The neighbors are very nice and friendly. We have made a few new acquaintances from walking our dogs. A lot of people seem to have dogs, and in the evenings, about 9PM onwards, everyone seems to be out and about with theirs. Our little ones, being so curious, are loving meeting new “friends”. My Spanish being so weak, means l can only smile and say ‘Si” to whatever is being said to me. I really hope my Spanish increases significantly soon. It would be nice to really speak with people. I am used to Mexican Spanish from the U.S, but the Spanish spoken here is even faster, and sounds different too. It sounds like everyone has a lisp with the ways the words are said. I try to watch cartoons in the morning hoping to get used to the rhythm.
I am planning on taking Spanish lessons at a local University once we get settled. The realtor pays €70 per year for each language course. He is a language enthusiast, and speaks Spanish, English, French, Portugese, and German fluently, along with his native Italian. I will need a National ID number to register. Unfortunately for me, my passport was not stamped on arrival in Spain, standard, since we came from another E.U country, so l can not get the number. Silly, l know..l also think it is against the E.U rules, as we were led to believe that we just turned in our Maltese ID’s and trade them for the Spanish ones. Each country seems to have a subset of rules contradicting the E.U ones.. :-) . All part of the fun l guess. I plan on getting around this by taking a quick trip to Gibraltar or Portugal and requesting specifically to have my passport stamped upon my re-entry. I have 3 months to do it. My husband, being an E.U citizen does not have this problem and we will be able to pick up his card in a week from the National Police.
We went yesterday to get the forms, fill them out with the help of a wonderful lady at the Xerox place who translated for us, and pay the fee (€9.30). Thankfully, it wasn’t too crowded and we were in and out in less than an hour. I have heard horror stories of hours wasted without the help of a Gestor (basically translators who help you for a fee of like €50-100).
Here are some images from our new home for the next year. I love the little attention to details of the owner, including the crown moulding installed. All the hand made furniture reminds me of our stuff in storage back in Texas. The Feria is still going strong till this weekend l believe. I hope things get back to normal as the natives are partying till like 6-7 AM!!! I wonder if these people don’t have work in the morning. The only thing l can think of is that most people take vacation in August, so perhaps once the Feria ends, everything will get back to normal. It makes it a bit hard to sleep as nobody keeps their voice low as they stumble back home. Being on the first floor doesn’t help. We also keep the windows open for the fresh air. I don’t mind it too much now, but l look forward to it being just on weekends hopefully.