Saturday, January 19, 2013
We live in an apartment on the 1st floor, really the 2nd, and even have an interior patio to play on in addition to the four bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms and living room. If you add the long hall way, the kids have plenty of space to play... indoors. We're used to having a large yard and a huge park 1/2 block away from our house and all the time in the world to be outdoors. While the kids are adapting quite well to the new living arrangement, I feel like they are missing a dedicated green space close by. There are several kiddie parks within a block or two, but the patches of grass are miniscule. Barely large enough for a dog to take a break. If we wanted to walk for ten minutes, there are several parks to choose from, but sometimes, you just gotta play.
We have adopted a nearby street, just a couple store fronts down the block from our piso, and now call it "soccer street." It is a dead end street with a staircase up to our street Avenida de Andalucia at one end, and a not-very-busy street connecting on the other end. On one side is a concrete walled church with high windows with bars on them and the other has cute little connected casas, again with windows covered with bars. The bars are for security, we think, when everyone has their windows wide open in the oppressive hot summer heat. The convenient part of the bars everywhere is the fact that it makes for a perfect soccer kicking zone. Que patean la pelota! Bring on the kicks! With their new red soccer ball sporting the Spanish flag, we've got some major jugadores.