It is amazing how quickly we adjust and settle in a routine here in Antigua. We get up in the morning, go to Spanish lessons, do a trip or some food shopping in the afternoon and the day is over. It is like being at home. Although it is lovely to have a bit of a routine after being on the move all the time, it also makes us look forward to be on the move again. Variety is the spice of life and all that.
The girls are making great progress with their Spanish and John and I are doggedly plodding along. It is a tricky language because of the grammar and we are all absolute beginners and don’t (didn’t?) speak a word, but we are starting to grasp the basics. Another few weeks and I’m hoping we can have a basic conversation in Spanish.
The children have adjusted incredibly well to the travelling. They take it all in their stride and seem to find it all perfectly normal. We do struggle a bit do get them to read and do maths enough but as they are learning a new language for four hours a day I’ll let them off for a bit. Bella in particular is getting braver in buying and ordering stuff herself rather than letting us do it. She haggled very successfully in the market the other day and got a third off the charm she wanted to buy.
I had a salsa lesson with the girls the other day, it was great fun. I wasn’t as bad as I thought, I might see if I can persuade John to take up dancing when we get back home.