There were one a French, a Latvian and an Italian getting bored in their own little rooms in their own little countries. They were looking for authenticity, changes… a new shocking experience! Somehow they got to know about this beautiful tiny village in the middle of the wide Spanish countryside, where an association was looking for volunteers. “To try is for free” and they really wanted to do it, so they applied and they were finally taken! They lived happy and enjoyed life until the end of their very long life… End of the story.
No, well, it is just the beginning!! Apart from this childish story we are Marion (France), Linda (Latvia) and Marco (Italy), the three new volunteers of La Noguera Medinaceli and we would like to tell you how it is going this adventure that we just started. First of all, our base camp is in Arbujuelo, the cats-colonized village (there are more than 18 and just 7 people!) where the association is cultivating two vegetable gardens. The association and the other locals welcomed us very warmly, letting us feeling part of the community.
After a couple of days of initiation we started our weekly routine. The gardens are the places where we spend most of our working time. We are having the chance to learn a lot about agroecology and gardening with traditional and new techniques, thanks to Lucia, Dario and Marion (same name, same country of origin, but not the same one that before). Another task we do everyday in turns is to take care of 14 chickens and 2 very crazy gooses. Actually they are just feeling the pressure of sharing the same house, we’ll build another one just for gooses in two weeks.
In these days we also became professional painters. We started with our living room that we painted in white & super-bright-orange. Then we have been busy for a couple of days with wooden planks, painting them with oil to make a roof for the “adobe house” that is going to be a storage for one of the gardens. Moreover we started to think about and prepare some of the non-routine activities for the summer, they are really many! So, the life is great in the small Arbujuelo and there is not time to get bored.
In few days we’re going to Toledo to take part in a so-called “On arrival training”, an occasion offered by the Youth national agency to meet the other European Volunteers arrived in the last month in Spain. We’re looking forward to it, even though we will have to leave “our” wonderful pueblo.
Marion, Linda y Marco