We did a lot this weekend. I tried my hand at attending tennis lessons — in Spanish. It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed being active and out. Jeff signed me up through the instructor who also works at Jeff’s school; and somehow managed to let him know I needed a racket and was told I pay $10 euro per lesson. About half way through, as I fumbled along trying to understand the drill one of the other three women says to me “You have to switch sides.” In perfect English. I was so happy to find that someone spoke English and hopeful maybe I’ll find some folks to practice my Spanish with – over wine of course.
We took the girls Horseback riding. I booked the rides online but it was completely unclear when we should show up. I sent an email, in English, and never heard back so we headed out on Saturday hopeful it would work out. After several attempts to convey that we hoped Jeff & Amelia could go on a trail ride while the other two just rode around the property the owner/receptionist got us speaking to her English speaking son and we were all set. I am not a horse person. I had no intention of riding. I certainly had no intention of leading a horse around in a circle for an hour while I gave Violet & Clara turns on the horse. But that is what I did in the blazing hot sun in my sandals. Clara had a blast. Violet wanted to go on a trail ride like her sister. Amelia & Jeff headed off with little instruction for a trail ride. They had just left the property when I saw Amelia on her horse with her horse walking her back to the stables with the trail guide running down the road behind her. I was concerned. And I later learned so was Jeff. But the guide got them all straightened out and off they went. Amelia had a great time! She kept exclaiming how she never thought she’d ever ride a horse without someone holding it! We’ll be returning, well at least Jeff & Amelia will be returning for trail rides later in the year (Violet & Clara are too little) as it was really reasonably priced at 15 euros per horse.
We also went to Madrid. To which I brought my nice DSLR camera only to realize once I arrived that I failed to put the photo card back into the camera. Argh! I did have my phone and Jeff his so I’ll get those pictures up in another blog.
More pictures can be found at our online family photo album . I was getting some unwanted spam and since I upload all of our family pictures here, it is password protected. If you don’t know the password, email me 🙂