A few weeks ago a patient at Centro Boston told Nick that he had an extra apartment up north and gave us an open invitation to use it. We took him up on it and I'm so happy we did. Juan Fernando and his wife Maria Antonia were some of the nicest people. They live about 4 1/2 hours north and there isn't a high speed train that goes there so we headed out early Friday in our rental car. The drive was really pleasant, zero traffic and sunflower fields dotting the highway the whole way. We got in at lunch time and we were lucky enough to have Maria Antonia make us an awesome lunch. They have two grandkids so the kids were so excited when we got to their house and were shown the play room, especially since they have had basically no toys for the last 3 months.
During lunch Maria asked what our plans were for the weekend and without even waiting for an answer went into the plans that she had for us. She told us some towns to visit and informed us that Sunday would be spent in Santander with them.
After getting settled at the apartment we headed out to a local beach town and even though it was 7pm decided to strip the kids down and let them play in the sand for a while. Then headed back to the apartment to try to get some sleep for our big day we had planned.
|I saw this picture and cracked up. Nick said that when Andrew saw the van he had to get a picture with it.|
|There were 30 bears below and we spotted at least 5 roaming the hills above. The little cubs were the best.|
|Sadie, trying to share her flower.|
|We didn't go inside, but you can see some of the torture stuff hanging above the wall.|
|Of course Sadie knocked on every door in the town.|
Sunday we woke up to rain which is not surprising in this part of the country but that meant that our day at the beach in Santander would change. Instead of eating at an ocean front restaurant that they had planned, Maria Antonia decided that she would stay home and fix lunch while Juan Fernando and Nacho (their son) took us all on a tour through Santander and the country side. I felt like we should've been on a tour bus with about 30 other 70 year olds. It was awesome. Juan took us all around pointing out each sight and would pull over to have us get out for a quick photo op and then we'd get right back in the car. We stayed out of the car for more than 5 minutes 3 times the whole day. the first was to get the kids some food (and Juan a beer), the next was to play at a beach for a bit, and the last was to get us some food (and Juan a beer) before we went back to the house for lunch. At the time I was feeling sorry for the kids because although Nick and I would get out to take pictures they only got out for those three times. But afterward I was happy that Juan took us around the way he did. We definitely wouldn't have seen half as much without him.
|Nacho and Juan Fernando with Nick and the kids|
|This is the valley that Juan has his vineyard. He was disappointed to find that we didn't drink because he wanted to give us some of his wine.|
Of course when we got the the house Maria Antonia had out done herself and made a great meal and the kids loved playing with the toys before we headed back home that evening.
|Us with Maria Antonia and Juan Fernando|