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September 2017

Spanish Grandpa's in a sand ditch, oh my!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be helping a couple of Spanish Grandpa's out of a sand ditch and getting an invite to dinner on my first day of vacation in Xeraco, Spain!  

It had only been a couple of weeks since my first trip to Xeraco, Spain and my very first love affair with the city of Valencia.  My fabulous new friends had invited me back to their home to relax some more near the sea, to explore Las Fallas (one of Spain's biggest celebrations), and to enjoy my first Easter holiday with my new family away from home.   Who would say no to any of that?  Not this gal, so I was heading south of Barcelona on a road trip, hooray!  

It would be the first time I took all transport directly to their current hometown of Xeraco straight from Barcelona.   This journey consisted of a 45-minute train from my wine village to Barcelona, 4.5-hours from Barcelona to Valencia, 45-minutes from Valencia to Xeraco and a cab ride to the sea with the only off-season driver that didn't speak English from here.  Luckily, I had a ton of handy apps to help me along the way, and my gracious hosts awaited my arrival with the one cabby in Xeraco to help me navigate to their home with the driver.   Phew, I made it!  My friends had some work to do at the start of the trip, so I did what I loved best, which was to walk and explore their little beach town by the sea on foot with my trusty camera.  

From this small Mediterranean town, I could see the coastline for the next biggest beach town named Gandia, so I headed in this direction along the beach for an exploratory adventure.  As I made my way down the beach, I veered in and out of the first line of homes and streets if I saw anything interesting along the way.  As I made my way off the beach and over a bridge and then back onto the beach, I saw two older gentlemen drive a big Mercedes in front of me heading straight toward the sand.  While thinking this was odd, it wasn't until I got closer to the beach again that I saw these same two gentlemen and their large car stuck in the sand.  It's like I had a severe case of Deja Vu: a stuck car, two men alone and nobody else helping.  Well, I had to put an end to this lack of citizen chivalry again!  Dun Dun Duuuunnnnnnn!

I saw the two stranded men and darted toward the sand to help them.  Naturally, they were Spanish speaking, and so I did my best with my translator app to communicate with them about how I might help.  As I mentioned, the two men were elderly.  One was now in the driver's seat and the other left by his lonesome to push this massive car out of the sand.  I began to press the vehicle with the cute little Spanish Grandpa to try and move it toward the concrete.  As other people now saw a woman come to the rescue of these two old men, they began to join in to help remedy the situation as a team.  All it takes is one to start an army of good, and that is just what we did!  A surfer camping along the sea came to our aid, along with a couple walking the beach from Scottland.  Together we pushed and pressed and finally got the car back on track to its final destination of Gandia.  Woohoo!  

The driver of the car was so incredibly grateful that he insisted I give him my contact information so he could treat me to a meal on my trip.  What a way to make new friends.  And so, my first day in Xeraco ended with an invite to dinner, which I, unfortunately, had to decline.  But I went to sleep with a smile that night knowing that I had done a little good in the world that day. 

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Happy Father's Day in Spain!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's adventure was celebrating Fathers Day on Spain's calendar and appreciating that my Father's spirit was helping me manifest great things and that his father was doing the same!

It was now Saturday, March 19th, 2016 and the day that Spain celebrates all their loving Father's here (as compared to our celebration in the U.S.A., which was on June 19th this same year).   On this day, I had to stop and raise my heart and hand to the sky for my father, Big Bill, whose soul I had felt was now a guardian angel to me since he had left our world to rest his spirit in a heavenly place.  

I had felt a closeness to my father here in this village as I spent many days walking through a small beautiful cemetery most times that I headed for a stroll through the vineyards.  It was here that I would always check in with him and ask for the guidance I needed to carry on my life in the best manner that I should, being mindful, and always with an awareness to stay very present with myself.  Looking back now, I am not sure who heard these wishes spoken to my dad.  What I do know is that these conversations helped me get a lot of mental clarity and were falling in alignment with a primary natural law for living the life you love called the law of attraction.  Getting clear on what I wanted, setting intentions verbally and in writing than believing that they were mine for the taking were indeed the success formula for the natural law of attraction.   Thank you, Dad, for prompting me to get clear on what I wanted on this new journey abroad and to trust that the guidance was coming to help me along. 

These conversations with my dad were, in fact, heard even if I didn't have his soul's ear listening as I hoped.  I was putting energy and thought into the things that I loved and wanted in my life to allow for them to manifest before me.  So, on this Father's Day in Spain, I had more to be thankful for than I even realized at this time.  I gave a loving shout-out to Big Bill in the sky and another to his father, Vincent who were both actively playing a role in my current ability to manifest great things.  Grandpa Vincent was the reason that I was currently able to live in Spain.  If it weren't for him being born in Ireland (the European Union), I would not have my second passport and the opportunity to call Spain home currently.  Thank you Universe and thank you to my Father and Grandfather today and all days to come for all your gifts. 

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Peacocks, a stranger and Montserrat!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be a chance encounter leading me to peacocks and walking new vineyard terrain with a stranger while getting my first glimpse of the beautiful mountain named Montserrat in the Barcelona region of Spain.

Whenever I met new people in the small wine village, it would always be just a matter of time before our schedules aligned again and we would experience a chance encounter in town.  Today would be one of those days.  I would run into the Argentinean that I met back on (American) Valentine's Day when I shared a splendidly flavorful pink cava at Jaume Giro y Giro with this random English speaker and English Academy Director while celebrating America's day for love in Spanish wine country.  

Today, my Argentinean friend was also teaching lunch hour English for one of the big Cava Companies on this beautiful day.  I'd find out that the cava company where we had both just finished teaching backed up to an entirely different set of walking vineyards connecting Sant Sadurni to an even tinier neighboring village.  Hot diggity damn!  This news meant I had a whole new adventure plan ahead of me!  Walking in the vineyards just got a little more exciting from here on out!  

My next walking adventure would stroll me past Peacocks and many other types of domestic fowl in a barn setting.  I would meet a stranger (that spoke minimal to no English), and we strolled and struggled to communicate with one another for a good straight hour together on these winding vineyard trails.  Finally, I would cap this tiny adventure off with my first glimpse of the majestic mountain called Montserrat being responsible for inspiring the names of many young women in this region of Spain.

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent