First Week in Spain

by Mar 5, 2016Chasing Freedom Blog6 comments

The first week did not go according to plan. Apparently, when I was running through the JFK Airport in New York trying to catch my connecting flight to Europe, I managed to inhale massive quantities of the filthy, germy air. Not only did I miss the flight and end up spending the next 24 hours in New York, I wound up with a serious uppper respiratory infection. When I finally reached Spain, I spent the first 24 hours sleeping and emerged with a nasty cough.

I spent the first 24 hours sleeping and emerged with a nasty cough.

One of the first things that struck me here is the abundance of edible plants all around. On the property where I’m staying there are: avocado trees, lemon trees, almond trees, orange trees, and every kind of herb… Everywhere you walk you are passing something edible every step of the way. My hosts, Alexandra and Piotr are kind enough to answer my many questions about this place. Apparently, the area is very fertile and it takes little more than putting a plant in the ground for it to grow up.
As most people know, I’m really big into natural health and all things organic. So, I have been resisting taking antibiotics to get better. Recovering has been especially difficult because I have been living in Florida for the last 13 years. I’m accostomed to warm, humid weather and here is just the reverse, compounded by the fact that my hosts are very careful with spending and do not use heat. So, the nights have been super cold. However, we experimented with different methods and came up with a tent-like scenario in the bedroom that reminds me of the Arabian Nights and I’ve been toasty warm ever since. I drank garlic tea for three days. (Garlic is a natural antibiotic.) Now, I am taking priobiotics and I’ve created a Magic Healing tea to drink for a few days.

Geva’s Magic Healing Tea

  • Fresh Ginger, chopped
  • Tumeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Honey
  • Boiling Water

Combine and let steep for 5 minutes for drinking.

I haven’t coughed hardly at all today. So, I think it’s working. 🙂
The work aspect has been moving along. So far, I have been setting up a communication system to use with current and prospective customers of the villa and teaching Alexandra how to use it. Next week I should be starting on the new website. I was sharing with Katie, the other work exchanger, how excited I am to be able to use some of the skills I have picked up along the way to not only help other people’s businesses grow, but to achieve my own personal goals, like travelling. And the adventure continues…
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