Celebrating 4 years with my Technical Manager, Shrink and Sounding Board

Last Update: June 10, 2019


Celebrating our 4 years together

On the 7th of June, 2019, Michael and I celebrated our 4 years talking to each other. We "met" on the internet where I sent him a message and he answered. That was the start of 3 exciting months writing long emails every day and talking for hours on end on Skype during the weekend.

Sitting in a restaurant in the harbor of Malaga

Michael arrives in Spain

Then arrived the day when I went to Malaga airport as Michael came for a 2-week visit. I showed him around and got the impression he liked the Costa del Sol. When he left we were both sad as we had to wait 7 months before seeing each other again as he was still working. Then came the day where he surprised me saying he wanted to retire 1 year before time. He was thinking of moving to Spain.

My fantastic 3 weeks trip in the U.S.

In May 2016 I was invited for a fantastic 3 weeks holiday to the U.S. The trip did not start well as my plane had been delayed in Paris and on arriving in New York the formalities also took very long so I lost my connection flight to Denver. I was put up for the night in a hotel. Poor Michael had driven 13 hours from Idaho to pick me up and then I was not on that plane.

The flowers which had wilted landed in the bin. It took a while till the authorities kindly informed him I was ok. The next day, standing with a fresh bouquet waiting at Denver airport there was Michael and we could start our holiday. We talked about everything during these 3 weeks while I was being shown beautiful places. We traveled 3000 km and visited 5 states. The trip ended in Seatle.

Dreamboat in the harbor of Malaga

Michael comes to Spain

In August Michael emigrated to Spain and we started our life together. In January 2017 I discovered Wealthy Affiliate. I got 2 websites up and running and started writing and learning. I am still writing and learning and am happy that by now I can do quite a lot of things myself. Without Wealthy Affiliate this would not have been possible. As I am not good with technology I am happy to have some extra help.

Michael is always there when I need help but he has complained I spend too much time on my computer. He is right of course. When I finish a post I read it to him and sometimes he takes those European ways of expressing things away, but not too often.

Traveling in the south of Spain

We are doing nice trips together. I am showing him Andalusia as there are many beautiful places to visit. Afterward, I might write a post about it. As I got a rock tumbler for my birthday we collect stones on our trips. Now we are waiting for a waterproof 30 meters, metal detector so you can imagine it is really getting exciting.

At the entrance of the van Gogh exposition

Our nice day in Malaga

On the 7th of June, we celebrated our 4 years together. We went to Malaga and had a nice little lunch on the new promenade at the harbor. There were some interesting boats lying in the harbor and Michael was fantasizing about sailing the seas. To do that we will first need to get our license.

Then we visited the exposition of Vincent van Gogh. It was really impressive seeing the details of his paintings on big screens all around us. In 30 minutes were shown his life in a nutshell, illustrated with lovely music. Before walking back to the underground parking under the new Pompidou museum we ate a big ice cream. It was a good 4 years celebration.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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LindaF Premium
Hi there my friend sorry I hadn't pop in earlier because I love your stories. and it was very entertaining reading your comments especially the conversation with Valerie and all our Hig's friends are here. It has been quite a trip my friend

You and Michael are definitely made for each other.It is so refreshing getting away for a bit with all that is happening in the world today. We need to remember always our blessing. With out that life is meaningless.

Don't get to overwhelmed with FB because it can be disheartening sometimes. I have had many experiences in FB before coming to WA. but with WA experience I have been able to handle it better. Especially with the group page.

You and Michael have each other and there are still many years to come that is a blessing in itself.

I have so much fun with you on FB, finding so many familiar faces from WA. It has carried me away from WA. My ranking here has dropped off tremendously. But all said and done I think I am in the right place for the time being.

Love and HIG's always a better way Linda
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Linda,

Thank you for stopping by and your long comment, girl, you must have blue fingers from typing.
Today I will not have time for FB as we are invited for dinner. I have 100 plus things waiting there for me, it gets a bit much!
Ja, Ja, telling me about handling the group page.....
Anyhow, happy I am back on there again.
I try to set myself a timetable, it is not always easy to stick to it but I try. I have to leave you now as the shower is waiting and then we will be off on the high way direction Marbella.

Adios, Taetske
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LindaF Premium
taking about blue fingers what about all your commenting much longer then my comment,
Have good evening in Marbella.
bella vista
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laparra1 Premium
Japanese restaurant where they make the food in front of your nose, huge flames, great taste and talked a lot, nice evening.

Hasta Pronto, Taetske
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ShihTzuSteve Premium
Your circumstances are very similar to how my wife, Elizabeth, and I met, almost 19 years ago now. We used to chat all night on the internet but these were the days just before Skype, Facebook and broadband. Dial up chat connections were held together by pieces of string and rubber bands.
Your first journey to the USA reminded of me of once when Elizabeth was coming over to see me in London on a whistle-stop weekend visit. I arrived at Gatwick to meet her, only to see her flight number disappear from the arrivals screen. I had several minutes of panic before I found out that her plane had a bird strike on take off from Gibraltar and had to make an emergency landing at Malaga. There was nothing else to do, except drive home alone. About half way back I received a phone call. Elizabeth managed to borrow someone’s mobile to tell me she had been given a seat on a flight to Luton. So, all was not lost, I drove up to Luton to meet her and we eventually managed to get a day and a half together.
A few years later, I too took early retirement to move to the south of the Iberian Peninsular.
Wishing you and Michael a happy 4 year chat anniversary,
Steve.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Steve,

Thank you for telling me your story, indeed similar to mine. I suppose Elizabeth was happy you wanted to come to Spain and retire earlier than planned.
Remember we talked when I wrote my WA post on El Torcal? Do not forget to let me know when you are in the neighborhood.

All the best and perhaps hasta pronto, Taetske
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ShihTzuSteve Premium
I haven’t forgotten, and I will let you know.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Good afternoon, Taetske,

What a lovely story. It reflects lots of peace and happiness for which I am delighted for you and for Michael.

I love your photos, and especially the Dreamboat.

I wish you both great happiness together for many years to come.

Valerie
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Valerie,

Nice to see you again after some time. I hope you are keeping well.
Yes, that boat and then when we are in a different harbor there will be more boats. Michael has this dream to sail the oceans, we will see what will happen. I would not mind being on a boat for 1 month but to live permanently I do not think so. Where do I go with all my things, I need a house somewhere in this world, contact with Mother Earth you know.
Thank you for your kind wishes.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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ValerieJoy Premium
Good Afternoon Taetske,

I enjoyed reading your response to my comment. Regarding being in a boat; one day or even half a day would be enough for me. However, with Michael at your side, no doubt being in a boat for a month would be pleasurable. There's nothing quite like Mother Earth!

I apologize that I haven't been in touch. I did read your 'Beautiful Spring Flowers ......' post and thoroughly enjoyed. I meant to thank you at that time for reminding me of Google Earth. I had forgotten about that tool and had much pleasure in looking at your area which showed the mountains you had talked about in a previous post. I was having a hectic time and just couldn't keep up. I will catch up with your post prior to your current one, soon.

With kind thoughts _ Valerie
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Valerie,

Please no stress, I know time gets short for all of us sometimes.
Google Earth is fun and I have been flying over the region and even houses of quite a few friends here at WA.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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ValerieJoy Premium
Good Evening, Taetske.

Thanks so much for your kind message.
Google Earth certainly provides great interest. I must return to it someday.
Right now I am pondering over Pinterest. This is something I really struggle with. I know you have a fantastic Pinterest account/page or whatever the correct name. I started a Pinterest account in 2012/13 but have never come to terms with it.

Onwards and upwards, as the saying goes. Hmmm....!

Wishing you a wonderful day _ Valerie
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laparra1 Premium
Just imagine Valerie, I dared to start on FB a few days ago. I still do not like the setup/layout of it. A lot of things can happen all at the same time. As my screen is quite small all these different things are also small, little pop-ups so and so is sending a message, etc.
I like Pinterest better, cleaner layout. My rank there has been going up and down. One really needs to keep pinning and making own pins. I spend at least an hour a day with each of them. No wonder I have no time to start course 3.
I do not remember, are we following each other on Pinterest?

You too have a great day, Taetske
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ValerieJoy Premium
23 hours have passed since your last response to me, Taetske. Importantly, I was fairly sure I am following you on Pinterest and just checked now. Yes, I am following you. I think my problem with Pinterest is because I wanted to start afresh last year but I couldn't find a way to delete my account and start a new one. I will get it sorted though because my experience with Social Media is similar to yours. I'm not keen about Facebook even though I have a business page. I would rather concentrate on my Pinterest account. All I need to do now is get back to action!!

Wishing you another great day _Valerie
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Valerie,

I was sending this Youtube to WA friends and thought you also might find it interesting/helpful.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/-SAikultRIA" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Linda and then Jenna wrote about it on their websites that is how I got it.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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laparra1 Premium
p.s. I went to your Pinterest account and understand why it does not function. 17 monthly viewers, 12 following, and the last pin saved 2 years ago. Valerie, make that account come to life again.
You need to pin approx 10 pins a day. Also, have a look if there is a long list of people you have not followed back, they probably gave up hope by now. When you write a post for your website you have to make a homemade pin and post it. I use my Gravatar photo for that. If that is good or not I do not know but it stands out, that is a fact.

Happy pinning, Taetske
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Vickic3 Premium
How wonderful Taetske
Adventures and love- What more could a girl want :)
Go well
Vicki
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Vicki,

You said it, what more do I need/want. I am happy I still have dreams and make plans at my age, it seems to keep me young.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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LLettau1 Premium
Spain would be a great destination to vacation.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Larry,

If you should come this way do not hesitate to contact me. I love meeting people from WA. Last year during our trip to Holland we met Michelle and Loes, that was one of the highlights.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DaisyK78 Premium
What an enjoyable read, and congratulations on the 4 years. I wish you many more years of happiness and exciting travels ahead.
Kind regards
Daisy
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Daisy,

Thank you for your good wishes. When that little underwater metal detector arrives it could really get exciting, I cannot wait!

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DaisyK78 Premium
Hi
Yes the metal detector sounds very exciting. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures
Kind wishes
Daisy
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Roger,

Nice to see you, how have you been these past months? I hope your foot is completely ok again? Thank you for stopping by.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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kiliwia62 Premium
Dear, Taetske, this was a very nice post to read and I also love the pictures.

Wishing you many more years with Michael and visa versa :) I love how people have found each other and came together.

All the best to you and Michael

Sylvia
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Sylvia,

Thank you for your good wishes. It is rather unusual how Michael and I met. Come to think of it, I never wanted a computer. I got it by the end of 2013, rather late in life. There you see what consequences it can have to let technology into your life.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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kiliwia62 Premium
Taetske, you are not the only one meeting your partner that way, just saying. :)

Talk later, Sylvia
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Loes Premium
Congrats on your 4 years anniversary Taetske and Michael! Cheers. Willem always says: I am a lucky man, I know always where to find my wife... ;)
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Loes,

Thank you for stopping by and good wishes.
Willem knows what he has and is counting his blessings.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Loes Premium
Good morning back😀 thanks, I do count my blessings with him too, hé is a terrific supporting guy
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laparra1 Premium
That is really nice to know. So you both count your blessings together.

All the best, Taetske
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lesabre Premium
What a great story. Romance is alive. Congratulations on a beautiful journey.
Michael
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Michael,

What would life be without romance, boring right? There you see, one is never too old for that.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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lesabre Premium
I really happy for you Taetske. One day I wish to visit your beautiful country. It is on my bucket list.
All the best to you and Michael, great name :)
Michael
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laparra1 Premium
Make it happen Michael and if, do not forget to contact me.

All the best, Taetske
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SondraM Premium
Congratulation on your four year anniversary. It is fun to read stories about friendships and loves that are found with the internet.

Malaga looks beautiful. The van Gogh exhibit sounds like it was wonderful. The starry night picture that you are standing in front of is my favorite work of his.

Best wishes for lots more fun experiences together with Michael.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Sondra,

Thank you for your good wishes. The van Gogh exhibit was very special. To be surrounded by his moving paintings, going from detail to becoming bigger, also seeing some I did not know, it really was a special experience.

Now we are waiting for that little metal detector, you never know what treasures we might find. I have a big metal detector and in the past have found a few curious pieces. Sadly it does not function well anymore so gives a false alarm. Probably will have to buy a new one.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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SondraM Premium
I'll be looking forward to the story(ies) about the treasures that you find.
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RosanaHart Premium
So much fun to read this!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Rosana,

And for us doing it. As we are 2 oldies we get into each other's hair now and then, well, Michael has none, but still, sharing life is nice.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Hollshope Premium
What a great story and life!
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Holly,

Thank you for stopping by. It is a fact, I am living a nice life.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Joy3 Premium
Very good. We all are one
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Joy,

Thank you for stopping by and your comment.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Joy3 Premium
I visited La Manga in the south of Spain sone years ago. I am in Jamaica
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laparra1 Premium
If you should come this way again please do not hesitate to contact me.

Taetske
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Joy3 Premium
Thank you. I surely will
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AlanJE Premium
Hi Taetske,
What a lovely story. I wish you a happy future together as well, in technical bliss and harmony, Best Alan.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Alan,

Are you sure that is possible technical bliss? I have my doubts.
My little laptop was saved by the bars on the windows, something most Spanish houses have. Otherwise, it would have flown out quite a few times.
I am happiest when I can investigate a bit and just write. Thank you for your good wishes.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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LKick Premium
congratulations, such an amazing story. Happy to know that WA played a part in your happiness. I am 6 months in WA and so planning to be successful financially. I of course am already successful as I have learned so much here. Your story is heart warming. Linda
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Linda,

Thank you for stopping by and your nice comment.
Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the right place to be. I wish you lots of success on your WA journey.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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CordeliaN Premium
what a lovely blog. I was there with you, you created a wonderful visual.
Happy 4 anniversary

Cordelia
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Cordelia,

Thank you for your nice comment.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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CordeliaN Premium
👍


☀️ Spain
🌦 Uk

You have picked the right location he he
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laparra1 Premium
I have been in Spain since 1975 and been living in my old farmhouse since 1981. Yes, it is a good place to be.

All the best, Taetske
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FKelso Premium
Sounds like you are doing well and enjoying life. That is as it should be. Congrats on your four-year anniversary. So glad that all worked out for you. Best wishes for your future journey.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Fran,

I must say, my life has not been boring. To think I now start snorkeling, perhaps even diving, finding treasures, not bad for an old girl.
Thank you for your kind wishes.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Pedrone Premium
Great story to read and be inspired by!
thank you for share it with us,

I m happy for you and Michael and congratulation on your anniversary!

wish you guys a wonderful day

Cia:o)
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Pietro,

We had a very nice day and I hope many more will follow.
Nice to see you again.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Pedrone Premium
Welcome!:o)
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mmonterola Premium
Happy anniversary! More travels together and more love!

Marita
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Marita,

Thank you for your good wishes. I also hope to make many more nice and exciting trips together.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Cherry21 Premium
Happy anniversary, Continue to Be Blessed.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Cherry,

Thank you. Yes, we are blessed, 2 oldies who found each other and live in the sun.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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PMindra Premium
Happy anniversary, Teatske.
Sounds like you had a glorious day in Malaga.
Wishing you and Michael many many more years of happiness together.

Kindest regards from Canada.

Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Paul,

Thank you for stopping by and good wishes. I hope all is well with you.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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PMindra Premium
Thank you, Teatske.
Everything is wonderful here.

Canada just won their their round one game of the Women's World Cup and later tonight, The Toronto Raptors will be seeking their first ever World Championship in The National basketball Association Finals.

People here are very excited.

Kindest regards from Southern Ontario, Canada.

Paul.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Paul,

Good to hear that Canada is on top. I hope that in the meantime spring has also arrived. Here the days are getting warmer. On the coast a nice 30C but inland there were some places with 39C.
All the best and stay healthy.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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PMindra Premium
Good afternoon my dear.
Spring temperatures have finally arrived and have turned into summer over night. We have seen blooms but they were hurried.

So much rain though. Every day 5-10 ml. We have an area in Lake Ontario called 'Toronto Islands' and it includes a small airport that handles smaller aircraft. It is becoming under water.

Michael Kearns served us some very interesting posts about the changing trends in weather and the rising of water tables.

I'm glad you are getting the 'good stuff.' 39C seems a bit high though for Spain.

Peace, love and respect always from Southern Ontario, Canada.

Paul.
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Debs66 Premium
Hi,
This post is so awesome Taestke,

You know how much I love the costa del Sol it is my second home.
You look amazing by the way stunning or as we say in Spanish Muy Guapa. :)

What an awesome post.

It made me smile although I did feel for Michael when he realised you wouldn't be arriving on the flight. Luckily he got notification you was on your way.

I bet he had some mixed emotions bless him. So say hello to him from us at W.A. He should join us he would know why we spend all our time on the internet then lol. :)

I get the same chagrin from my family. Yes I am always at my computer too.

That photo did remind me of my Children in Holland as they went to the Banksy Exposition or Gallery not sure best to word it...

My kids love Holland. They love it because of the culture and the people not for the weed. As most people think that's why my kids love it.

My daughters partner is Dutch aswell so that makes a difference...

Dutch people are awesome.

Looks like you have had a wonderful last four years. May you have many many more happy years to come.

This post was lovely and it made me smile Taetske. Thank you for the share.

Happy Anniversary both of you sorry I forgot to add that in :)

Debs :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Debs,

With all the work Michael is doing it is as if he has joined WA poor thing.
The Costa del Sol is a lovely place to live and Michael also likes the more relaxed way of living in Andalusia.
Nice to hear you like Dutch people. As I have been away since I was 15 for me Holland is a foreign country.
Happy my little post made you smile.

Abrazo, Taetske
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Debs66 Premium
It did Taetske

Abrazos Tambien. Que la vida es muy buena en España.

It's a bit like me I left the UK at 18 nearly 19 and I loved Spain. Albeit only to return to the UK again 20 years later. Spain will always be my home. :)

Que tengan un aniversario encantador. :)

Using Google translate the same in Dutch.

Heb een mooie verjaardag jullie beiden … Hope it translates ok. :))
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laparra1 Premium
Google did a decent job.

Hasta Pronto, Taetske
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Swangirl Premium
Happy 4 years Taetske! You look happy and it sounds like a lovely day! Thanks for telling us your story!

Jessica
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Jessica,

You know it is not so easy for 2 oldies who were living alone for quite some years to start living together. Do not forget we come from different continents!
Yes, it was a lovely day.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, that must be interesting! Relationships are hard enough when you come from the same place. My husband and I met online too.

He was back in Alaska after 5 years away in the Marine Corps. He didn't know many people in the town he was living in when he came back and just wanted some friends (he says). We both had profiles on a dating site at the time and I was the first girl he contacted (and only!). He sent me the sweetest message that said, "Wow! You grew up just like me." We both grew up in the mountains of Alaska and had parents that ran remote lodges. We both had dog teams and did things that are very, very rare even here nowadays.

We are pretty different in many ways but it has helped to have a partner who understands that life. Most people cannot imagine growing up as an only child (we both were) not on the road system, completely isolated with just your parents in the middle of nowhere. We know what it is like to be alone in the wilderness at a young age if our parents had to leave.

We also shared another unique aspect however. Both of our families had guests come stay with us from all around the world. (I think I told you about that before). So we grew up very isolated but we met people from all over who spoke all different languages and introduced us to different cultures.

We also did the same home school program and had some of the same teachers. We share a love of history, geography and philosophy and feel like we are from a different era. We don't really fit in with our age group in modern America. It can get pretty lonely so we are very glad we have each other.

Luckily, we were only an hour's drive apart when we met online.

I am glad you two found each other a continent away!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Jessica,

I also grew up being an only child. I never had a problem with that as I had many hobbies, painting, making and writing music, working with clay, drawing, etc. As we had quite a big garden I loved to go on expeditions with our cat and dog. My Father build a tree house for me. My Mother showed me to find little fossils in the gravel on the driveway. This gravel came from the river Rhine from far away, traveling for thousands of years.

As I was born in Australia and my parents lived there for 4 years over time many Australian friends came to stay with us in Holland. Later on, my parents might have the children of these friends come to stay. My Mother made her big trip in 1987, for 1 month she traveled to Australia staying at different homes where her friends lived.

My parents did not want a tv in the house, we would read, listen to classical music and often played games after dinner. As I was quite hopeless at school, grammar and mathematics, when I was 15 I was sent to different countries to learn languages.

I nearly gave up after 11 months on this International dating site. I shed quite a few tears as stupid things happened. Before leaving I did one last search, all the countries, from 60 to 75 and it took me 2 weeks to complete. The result was 5 men, 4 in the U.S. and 1 in Poland. I wrote them all a small message and Michael is the result.

What I liked about his profile was that he was an environmental engineer, then there was a photo of a black and a white cat sitting in front of a sliding door looking out. The rest is history.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Swangirl Premium
What a great story! It sounds like you grew up kind of like me. I also had no TV, read lots of books, played board games with my parents, had a huge garden, collected rocks and fossils etc!

I am so glad you took that one last look before you gave up online dating.
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laparra1 Premium
Yes, it was good I had a last look. Normally I do not give up quickly but after 11 months of misery, I nearly had it.

Taetske
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