Returning to Andalucia





We’ll all booked, in May we shall be returning to Andalucia to see our very own cave house for the first time since the purchase was completed.

It means another overnight flight from Miami to Madrid, then it gets worse as we have a 6 hour layover in Madrid before flying to Granada ! There seem to be no other options, I looked at flying into Malaga and opting for a longer drive but there are no significantly earlier flights. To drive from Madrid just isn’t a realistic option. Maybe its just too early in the season for more regular flights ? The worst part is that I still haven’t broken the news to Josie *gulp*

The car company I usually use no longer seem to offer rentals from Granada so I have gone directly with Goldcar rental who were their partners anyway – I hope it wasn’t a lovers tiff.

This time we will be returning to Andalucia for 2 weeks and hope to get the cave houses back into a livable condition. The initial renovation work should be completed by the time of our arrival and then we can look at the place with fresh eyes. We are spending the first few nights in a rental cave about a mile from our caves, the place looks wonderful and has all the facilities we need. I am hoping that we will be able to pick the brains of the owners whilst there.

Those first few days give us a short period of time to get basic furnishings and clean the place before moving in for the last week or so. Once we move in we can get a better feel for what we need to do to the caves, what works and what we need to replace.

We won’t be doing this unaided as our great friends Kes and Sarah, along with their daughter Charlotte will be coming out to join us and test piloting the second cave house.  This is good news as we have a not unsubstantial list of things we want to do.

Our ‘to do’ list when returning to Andalucia

  • Meet with both Sean and our solicitor to sort out and collect any paperwork relating to the purchase.
  • Check everything works – electrics, boilers, cookers, fireplaces, BBQ etc

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  • Find out where rubbish collection is and whether there is a mail delivery service or if we need a PO box.
  • Buy mattresses and bedding, a fridge freezer and washing machine, along with all utensils and other general items for daily living.
  • Get internet installed.
  • Sort out the jungle of a garden

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  • Put together a list of additional renovation/maintenance work and meet up with the builder.
  • Try and enjoy ourselves, relax a little and do some sight-seeing !

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That lot should certainly keep us out of trouble and if it doesn’t look too much for 4 people to do over 2 weeks, just remember a lot of this is going to be conducted in Spanish.

So … Who are one foot in the cave ?

We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂

5 words related to this blog entry …

Furniture – Los Muebles

Mail – El Correo

Garden – El Jardín

Exhausted – Agotado

To Relax – Relajar

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