Destinations, Europe, Journal, Spain

Casa Heenan

June 13, 2014
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When Dennis and I decided that we wanted to travel, we were very open to different places and how we wanted to go about it. We contemplated many different cities and countries to start in. We also discussed the different possibilities for lodging, between renting a month-to-month apartment, AirBnB, or hostel-hopping.

First, we decided we wanted to go to Europe–no reason in particular, it was just that neither of us had been here before and thought it would be a good place to start. Then, we decided Mijas, Spain, because it looked awesome, and Dennis’ buddy Grant lives here, who has helped acquaint us to life in Europe. We chose the least expensive option for living for this area, which is a month-to-month apartment.

When we started planning, we knew we would have to be frugal because we would be losing my entire salary and moving only to Dennis’ online business for income. It is a huge risk leaving a steady, predictable income, but we felt that there is no “perfect” timing, and later on in life there would be only more complications that could potentially hold us back.

So, with that in mind, we bought our one-way plane tickets and found our apartment. Grant went with a broker to look at two places for us before we got here, and from there, we decided on one of those options. We decided on a place in Mijas Heights.

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We are so incredibly happy that we chose this place. It feels like a dream. We feel incredibly blessed and are thankful to have lucked out with this place! The crazy thing is, this place is less than what we paid for our one-bedroom condo in Minnesota. Our Minnesota condo was incredibly beautiful, in a perfect neighborhood with awesome neighbors. It’s just unbelievable that we lucked out with this current deal.

Our new place in Spain is three levels, with a rooftop terrace and two balconies. It has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom. It came fully furnished with beds, furniture, dishes, and even hand soap! Our landlord came over the second day that we were in the place to bring us scissors and a trash can, because she said she forgot to get those for us. I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of “furnished” meaning down to a pair of scissors. She is the sweetest lady!

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We have an incredible view of the ocean, mountains, and houses along the cliffs. On clear days, you can see the coastline of Africa. The first time it was clear enough to see Africa, I gasped because I didn’t realize it was so close. You can take a ferry to get there. It is absolutely surreal.

There is a private elevator that goes from the terrace to each floor of the apartment. Every time we get into the elevator, I say to Dennis, “I will never get used to this.” It’s super awesome, but just a little bit ridiculous.

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You would think this apartment would be astronomically expensive because of the view, but we are paying pennies in comparison to options like this in typical beach communities. It’s insane.

Below is the view from the bedroom. It’s pretty amazing to wake up to this view.

We’ll, after I put my glasses on :)

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All I can say is, if you have the flexibility to work remotely, take a sabbatical from work, or study abroad, options like this exist! Travel often feels unaccessible, but it’s actually possible to do something like this. Dennis and I are absolutely having to be frugal, but it’s working out!

I think all it takes is some sort of revenue stream or savings [even if just a little bit!], some planning, and a little bit of crazy. I still get some pangs of anxiety, thinking, “what the heck are we doing?!” but I’m deep down confident it will work out.

We don’t know how long we will be at this place, because we do want to explore Europe a lot this summer, but for now, it’s awesome!

 

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xo Kelsey

 

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54 Comments

  • Reply Katie Englund June 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    BEAUTIFUL! OH MY GOSH IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I’M ON MY WAY!

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      YAY! One thing I left out is that one of the spare bedrooms has about 30 stuffed animals on the beds… Slightly creepy, so I’ll get rid of those for you and Reido ;)

  • Reply Diana June 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Oh my goodness Kelsey! This is insane and amazing at the same time. I thought you were on vacation when I saw your pictures. Your place is perfect and I love how refrigerator in other countries are so small and we’re like I want double doors lol. I think its wonderful you two are so daring and adventurous and feel like we can’t always wait for the “perfect” timing and you both jumped. I will follow your journey this summer and live vicariously through you. Your house also reminds me of the home in Greece from the sisterhood of traveling pants. Gorgeous! I am praying that God blesses you in amazing ways and constantly surprises you with his love.

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Diana! You are so sweet–I miss you!! Yes, the refrigerators are TINY and they don’t have dryers or garbage disposals. It’s definitely different! Thanks for following, it’s fun to stay connected. YES it does look like traveling pants! Haha I didn’t realize that before now–good eye ;) Thank you for your prayers, we feel them!

  • Reply Cheryl Sharp June 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    So much fun! Never saw that on “House Hunters International”!

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Haha! They must have missed this one! :)

  • Reply Christina June 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Wow!! So beautiful. I totally agree with getting those pangs of anxiety… I had them for a few weeks when we first moved to NYC, scared that it wouldn’t work out or that it wouldn’t be as amazing as I’d hoped, but things fall into place and everything works out. You guys will never regret moving!! :) Can’t wait to visit.

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Christina! Yes–I’m sure you know exactly how I’m feeling! It’s so fun, but scary at the same time. I definitely have had homesickness, even with the incredible views and everything. Thanks for the encouragement :) Can’t wait for you to come and for our next time boppin’ around NYC!

  • Reply Lisa June 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations on finding this place! It’s truly beautiful. Seems like further confirmation that you’re on the right path.

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! We feel so blessed with the beauty of this whole city. Thanks for following! :)

  • Reply Pat Carlson June 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants!! See? you shouldve watched it with me all those hundreds of times I mentioned it! hahaha!

  • Reply Melissa June 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    BEAUTIFUL place!!! I would LOVE to wake up to that view!!!!! :) Enjoy!!!!! Looks like there is plenty of room for us to come and visit!!

    • Reply Kelsey Heenan June 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Melissa! Oh my gosh, YES! There’s legitimately a room for beautiful Sophia Razzy filled with stuffed animals! I’m going to email you so we can catch up :) Miss you!

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