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As promised, here is the next installment of our crazy move to Spain. I wrote this based on a writing prompt provided by my writers’ group.

Those That Don’t Believe in Magic Never Find It                                              

It looked like it would take a hefty dose of magic to make our dream of moving to Spain come true. Things went from bad to worse and I began to think that it was a terrible idea. However, since it poured rain for the entire last week of October, we were more than ever determined to live where the sun shone most days.

Everything in the apartment was gone, including the bed, so we stayed overnight at a hotel on October 31, our last night in Canada. Hubby had a terrible cold, oh joy! I walked to the mall in the rain to pick up cold tablets and take-out food to eat in the room. My runners filled up with water, and even though I was wearing a raincoat with a hood, I was totally drenched by the time I got back. I threw the runners and the clothes I was wearing in the garbage. I imagined the cleaning staff would think we had been involved in some sort of crime or undercover op.

The next morning, after a goodbye coffee with an old friend, we headed to the airport more than three hours before the flight. We were eager to check-in and get rid of our six large suitcases. No one was even at the British Airways check-in yet. As we made our way to Starbucks, I teased hubby about always being ridiculously early.

My phone pinged. A text message from BA indicating the flight was delayed 24 hours. Whoa! I must have read that wrong. I looked again, then showed it to Paul. Yup, that’s what it said. We returned to the check-in where a line was starting to form as staff opened up. When we got to the booth, it was confirmed. There had been a bomb scare at Heathrow, cancelling all flights.  Ours would leave tomorrow at the same time. It was suggested we go home and come back the next day. We explained we didn’t have a home to go to. (In fact, we did, but it was empty.)

British Airways was great. They provided a room in the Fairmont at the airport, a 5 star plus hotel, gave us a voucher for dinner at their fabulous restaurant and one for breakfast as well. Of course, we still had our six extra-large suitcases and four carry-ons, but the room was large and we could store them there. This delay had a domino effect. The hotel reservation in Madrid had to be changed, as well as the train tickets to Alicante and the car rental upon arrival. Fortunately, we were able to make the changes on our computers from the hotel room. To calm my frayed nerves, I had a lovely soak in the huge tub.

 The next day after an excellent breakfast we said, “Let’s try this again.”

The flight to London went as well as a nine-hour flight could. Sadly, poor hubby´s cold had taken a turn for the worse in spite of me filling him with medication. After a few hours in Heathrow, we caught the flight to Madrid. All we wanted to do was sleep, but that was not to be as the plane was full of soccer fans going to a Madrid/Liverpool match. There was much drinking and partying going on, and many trips back and forth to the lavatory. On another occasion, it would have been funny. Once we landed in Madrid, the shuttle bus picked us up and delivered us to our hotel room where we collapsed into bed. We were in Spain at last!

The magic was working, or was it?

The next morning after breakfast, our pre-ordered cab arrived. The driver informed us he could not take both of us and six large suitcases. We had to order another cab, one for me and three suitcases, and one for Paul and the other three. Double the cost! Oh well, we’d been through worse. We just needed to get to the train station so we could get to Alicante, pick up our car and drive to Orihuela Costa to begin our new life.

Atocha train station in Madrid
Inside Atocha, beautiful but no luggage trolleys

At Atocha station, we looked for luggage trolleys as the station is three floors below the front entrance. There were none to be found. Hubby stayed on top with the bags while I went down the three flights of escalators to see if I could find a couple of trolleys. No luck. WTH! There was no way we could take all six bags and four carry-ons down in one trip. Leaving some behind would be taking a huge risk that they would be stolen. Paul went to look, as I had obviously not looked in the right places, but came back empty-handed. As the time for our train to depart got closer, panic set in. I went downstairs one more time. When I could not find even one trolley, I burst into tears. Why was this happening?

There is always an angel. And one appeared by the name of Mercedes. She asked me what was wrong. I explained everything to her and she offered to help. We went upstairs to Paul. With an extra set of hands, we were able to get all the luggage down to the train and board on time. Never ever underestimate the kindness of strangers.

At Alicante train station, I watched the pile of luggage while hubby walked the two blocks to pick up the rental car. He was gone a long time. I started to get worried. He finally arrived, very agitated. Poor guy, his cold was still terrible. Although he had contacted the car rental company about us being a day late, head office did not let the Alicante office know. So they didn’t have a car for us. Paul, who is always a gentleman and seldom swears, swore and demanded they come up with a car for us. Which they did. The Fiat almost held all the luggage. I held one bag on my lap and another was stored under my feet.

We looked at each other and said at the same time, “Whose stupid idea was it to move to Spain??”

One hour later we arrived in La Zenia, where we collapsed into the arms of my in-laws. That was almost six years ago and we are loving our life in Spain. Of course, it hasn’t always gone smoothly, but what does?

We made it! Two days after landing in Spain.

It’s true, as Walt Disney said, “Those who don’t believe in magic, never find it.

This is a great article I want to share with my readers. Enjoy!

 

5 Tips for Living In the Space Between Dreams & Reality & Why You Should by Sheri McConnell

“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams & reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” – Belva Davis

I absolutely adore this quote. I feel myself expand each time I read it. When I found it earlier this year, I realized I’ve grown accustomed to living in this place. I’ve been practicing awareness and shifting and walking back and forth on the bridge between dreams and reality in bigger way for over a decade now. And from the outside, I am sure you can tell because so many dreams have been fulfilled. So I’d like to share a few ways you can create a life that allows you to live in this electrifying (and sometimes scary!) fulfilling space.

Always Have More Than One Dream At A Time

The best way I know how to deal with the length of time it takes to reach some of our dreams is to have multiple dreams at one time. Write them down so they become physical on paper and anchored in the universe and that is the first step to making them become a reality.

Be Careful Who Your Smart Five Are

You’ve all heard how we do anything is how we do everything. And one of the best ways we can do things better is to be extremely conscious of who we spend time with. I call it my Smart Five. Who are the five people you spend the most time with? Are they positive people? Are they supportive? I know how hard it is to truly look at this area of your life. I get it. I let go of a bi-polar mother and walked away from an abusive marriage in order to protect the dreams and future reality of my children and myself. If you feel like it is time for some restructuring in this area, shift gracefully by putting up boundaries that allow you to have some empty space so you can manifest healthier people into your life.

Be Aware of Relationship Flow

Back when I was independent and loved everything in my life to be perfect, I suffered. Then I discovered the power of being interdependent and the beauty of flowing relationships. These are relationships that allow you to give without fear of not ever receiving. Helping other people make their dreams a reality is an interdependent way to live. Being in relationship flow with the entire universe (and the people in it) means that you know if you really need anything, it will come to you when it is supposed to or not at all.

Feed Yourself Along the Journey

Living in the space between dreams and reality requires lots of energy. So feed yourself knowledge (the mind), real food from the earth (the body), and find something creative to do that makes time disappear (the soul). This is one of the biggest reasons people don’t dream. They simply don’t have the energy to.

Let Yourself Shift for Higher Value

There is no way that dreams can ever become reality if we aren’t willing to let go of what is lesser value in our current lives. It doesn’t mean that we don’t still love them and that we didn’t grow from having them in our lives. It just means that sometimes to make space for higher value in our lives, there are activities and people that must be let go.
Sheri McConnell is the CEO of the Smart Women’s Institute of Entrepreneurial Learning (formerly the National Assn of Women Writers-2001). You can visit Sheri, access her free article archive, and grab lots of free stuff at http://www.smartwomeninstitute.com. Sheri lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, their four children, and two really cute weenie dogs.

Rosemarie Hurst has worked as an image consultant, a museum worker, a retail clerk, administrative assistant and a modal to name a few. But her passion has always been photography, singing and song writing. She is a wonderful example of someone who has not given up on her dreams.

Taking pictures for as long as she can remember , she admits to having started with a Brownie camera many years ago. She still uses a 35 mm and produces fabulous photographs inspired by nature. Her work will be shown at The Tsawwassen Art Centre from September 16 to October 3.

Rosemarie has been writing poetry since she was five years old. She used to write plays with her sister when they lived in England. At age eight, her parents moved to Ontario where she lived for most of her life before moving to Vancouver fourteen years ago. She writes to express herself and get things off her chest. The playwriting and poetry evolved into writing songs. Her first CD, Eyes of Angels came out in 2004. Her new CD, Faithfully Yours, a tribute to Pauline Johnson, took a long time to put together, almost 6 years.

It is a miracle it has come to be at all as Rosemarie encountered many set backs. Not just the financial and time constraints many artists encounter, but much more serious issues. She lives in a complex that has experienced an unsolved murder and a serious fire. When she realized the place was on fire, she grabbed her guitar, camera, medication and some cash. She knows her priorities. She also suffered from a stroke and soon after recovering, had a ruptured brain aneurism. She counts her self lucky not only to be alive, but to have retained 20/20 vision and the ability to create. In spite of family opposition and the recent loss of a good friend, she has never stopped pursuing her dream.

She was inspired early on by Joan Baez and when she got her first job, bought a suit and a guitar. She wanted to sing just like Joan Baez but alas it wasn’t meant to be. Rosemarie has her own unique style though which comes through nicley as she sings the poems of Pauline Johnson.

Faithfully Yours is a selection of Pauline Johnson’s poems set to music. Rosemarie said it was hard to sing to poems, but the music just came to her as if it was meant to be. She has always loved Pauline Johnson and feels she is a kindred spirit since they both went against convention and showed great tenacity. While working on the CD, amidst all the set backs, she kept a picture of Pauline on her wall and on her screen saver to keep her going. She is very proud of the fact that two of her photographs of Pauline Johnson’s cairn are on display in the Six Nations Chiefwood Museum, Pauline’s childhood home in Ontario. A nice tie between her two loves, photography and songwriting/singing.

Rosemarie’s advice to any struggling artist – persevere, don’t worry about public opinion, take courses in your area to keep up to date and meet like minded people. Take it one step at a time and never give up.
Rosemarie is working on a third CD and a book of poetry with photographs.

http://www.rosemariehurst.com
http://www.myspace.com/rosemariehurst


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