|Olivia (far right) with the new team|
The new left wing party “Podemos” (we can) led by a young man called Pablo Iglesias who wears a pony tail and is a teacher of political science at the Madrid Complutense University, were the protagonists of the week winning 5 seats in Brussels thanks to 1.2 million voters. This party stems from the movement of 15M of mostly young and well educated people who want a greater chance in life and are disgruntled with unemployment and the cuts. The movement started in 2011. It remains to be seen just how far this party can go. Will the establishment here let Pablo Iglesias have a say in how the country develops?
|Pablo Iglesias the leader of "Podemos"|
|Olivia performing her last task with TVE|
|A selfie with Olivia at TVE in Prado del Rey on Monday|
|Suzy carrying her Tesco shopping bags on her bike in London|
|A special goodbye photo with Marilo Montero, the presenter of the programme La Mañana de la 1 where Olivia worked for 3 years until this week.|
|The huge parcel Suzy received in London this week|
Thus that afternoon Eladio went into Madrid to view three parking spaces near the Torres Kio. He found a great one which meant that the next day Olivia would be able to park comfortably right next door to her new work place.
On Wednesday none of us could have showers that morning as the hot water had stopped working. The plumber came later in the afternoon. It was bad news as he had to replace the “burner” which ended up costing nearly a thousand euros!
Because the new parking space was tricky to find, Eladio accompanied Olivia on her first day at the Torres Kío. It turned out it took them more than 2 hours to get there because of the traffic. Now Olivia may well have to commute via car and metro but as she still doesn’t know her timetable, she will have to decide later whether she drives or commutes on the train to work.
|Olivia in a selfie with some of the members of the teams of the new Telemadrid programmes|
At 10 we were on the road and 1.5h later having a glass of wine and plate of ham at Rueda on the way. We got to Montrondo at about 14.30 and then my cooking started. I have spent the whole weekend cooking for the men and have got many compliments.
|What the ground floor of our house looks like in Montrondo after 10 days of work.|
|On the walk to Senra and back on Friday via the "Bao"|
Yesterday was Saturday and it was a glorious day in Montrondo. I was up early for my morning walk to Murias and back. As always, Nuba, José Antonio and Dolores’ mongrel joined me.
|My favourite path on my early morning walk to Murias and back|
|The men on the walk up the mountains yesterday|
|The Omaña no limits race which went past Montrondo today|
|Happy to see a herd of cows on the walk down the mountains yesterday|
|Toño (left) and Eladio (right in the checked shirt) tucking into fried egg and chips last night for dinner|
|Suzy (middle), Stefania and Gabor having a picnic in a London park yesterday|
After writing my blog and hopefully publishing it, thanks to poaching a neighbour’s wifi, I shall make a simple lunch for the men and then we will be off. José Antonio will be staying here all week as Dolores is away in Norwich, England, for a 10 day trip to stay with friends. But he will not be alone. Nuba will accompany him and tomorrow Monday, Andrés, Pili’s husband, will be here for most of the week to oversee the building of their new house which is looking good. I can’t wait for ours to be at their stage of building. I just hope it won’t take too long.
I will leave off now, happy to have finished my story of the week earlier than usual. I wish you all a great week,