Primers passos - moving to Spain

It's been over half a month since we moved to Spain. Some milestones so far - Indian and Chinese visas in our passports (essentially nothing but expensive stickers that ensure our entry into the countries). Indian visa was very easy, Chinese people were a bit disappointing - at the moment they are not issueing any 3-months visas. The girl accepting our applications seemed to have strict instructions to remain relentless no matter what (she wouldn't even look at our colourful itinerary maps and advised us to request the standard 1-month double entry option, claiming that "one month is enough"). The only way to obtain a 3-months visa according to her was a letter from Chinese government (!?!). A small compensation for this disappointment was a free Hongkong visa. So now the itinerary for the China trip has been drastically replanned, and will be 1 month-before-Hongkong, Hongkong, 1-month-after-Hongkong (although we will try to apply for an extension in Beijing - then we will be back to the original 3-month route).

Leaving the Netherlands was anything but boring, with the main highlights being the washing machine and Baloo's passport.

Washing machine: this 100-percent digital sales transaction was completed 1 day after we left Holland, to a person we never met (thanks to www.marktplaats.nl and trust). The person who the mashine was sold to in the first place kept rescheduling the pickup with the final arrangement being the day of our flight. When she wouldn't appear at the agreed time and wouldn't answer her mobile, we had to arrange a new deal with another person. However, since there was no time to meet her, the washing mashine was left behind, the neighbours requested to keep an eye on it until it would be picked up, and we went on to catch our next "adventure" of that day - Baloo's passport... He didn't have one for the flight.

After we closed the door of our former home in Aalsterweg it dawned on us that there were 3 of us who had a flight and only 2 had a passport. Baloo's passport at that time was already reaching Spain, a few hours before Baloo had to catch the flight. Having taken all the care to prepare his passport for departure from Holland (missing vaccinations etc.), we have also successfully packed it on the minivan that took our things to Spain. So instead of having a comfortable 1-hour margin, we ended up rushing to the emergency vet to obtain a new travel document for the cat (God bless the vet for being understanding). The whole 'Aalsterweg - vet - Eindhoven station - Schiphol' route felt like a slow-motion movie. The funny thing is that with his original Checkish and the new Dutch passports, the lucky rascal now has a unique (for an animal) case of double nationality.

Our beautiful cat - Baloo

For the rest, we are now in a busy waiting mode, arranging our future home in Terrassa and waiting for May 4th, the date of our departure to our first destination - Delhi.

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Hi Jordi & Olga!
Men what a stressfull time. Well at least everything is good to go as a understand.
I wish you all the best on this adventure!
Have a safe and wonderfull trip.
Dennis (sitel)

Posted by Dennis on Monday, 05.3.10 @ 00:00am | #2453

Wow, el blog comença a créixer! I ja teniu un comentari que no es meu! Això serà tot un èxit! Jo també us desitjo un bon viatge i disfruteu al màxim!

Posted by Alba on Monday, 05.3.10 @ 00:00am | #2454

Hey guys,
I wish you a god start today, hope everything works out! And HK is great, you won't regret going there. Especially after being some time in China, you will really appreciate it! Believe me.
Steffen

Posted by Steffen on Tuesday, 05.4.10 @ 00:00am | #2455

Soooort del mail ràpid del Jordi amb la url del blog! Us poso a favoritos i us aniré seguint!! :)
Bon viatge!!!!

Posted by Marta on Tuesday, 05.4.10 @ 00:00am | #2456

NEWS from the adventurers!!!
Hi everybody!
Two days ago I had an Spype call with Jordi. They are enjoying the North of India, planning to do a trekking overthere. Everything ok. :)
Alba Fuertes ... SpanishTV... Spain
Good night to everyone. :)

Posted by Alba on Thursday, 05.13.10 @ 00:00am | #2457

Hi all,
Thanks everybody and we will try our best to fill it in... although for what I see it is not easy with this Internet connection.
Yesterday took us 1 hour to sign up in a website to be able to book trains!
We left Delhi already after 3 days and took a long bus (26 hours) to Kashmir region. It is beautiful, but after 5 days here (there were no buses) we really feel like moving on to our next destination, Leh, the old Tibetan capital.
See you very soon!

Posted by Jordi on Friday, 05.14.10 @ 00:00am | #2458

Amazing Blog Jordi!

I'am Pol R, we went toghether at the same school in Terrassa when we was kids. Incredible photos and blog!! congratulations about this and about your amazing adventures around the world!! ah! and Interesting post about Kungfu and post of travel costs at different countries :)! A hug ! i'll follow this blog! Enjoy!

Posted by Pol on Thursday, 03.8.12 @ 05:07am | #1300

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