I wasn’t kidding, Anyone anywhere can be a beekeeper.
After 4.5 months of wonderful time spent between friends and family in beautiful landscapes across the United States, I arrived back to Madrid, Spain Tuesday morning still in time for some morning tapas of Spanish egg and potato tortilla garnished with a sauted green pepper and accompanied by the typical garlic toast and olive oil tomato marmalade. Oh yeah, and a glass of morning wine to break the jet leg.
Though I already miss the good times spent with loved ones back home, there’s something about Spain that just feels right.
I’ve jumped right back into the Spanish dialogue of day to life without much of problem, though friends are eager to get there practice in and I welcome as well as encourage vocabulary sessions and joke telling in English as they come. My head is of course swimming between all the new and old contacts of great people I have around me, and I am currently going through the Spanish Synchronization process of reconnecting with all my friends on this side of the Atlantic. Smart phones, WIFI signals, and personal laptops make this all a breeze, the secret is creating the time to make it all happen.
After 2 days and a night spent in Ramon’s family’s apartment in Madrid, we made our way out to La Parcela, his family’s rural home in San Martin de La Vega, 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) southwest of Madrid, and have been quite busy since.
The majority of our time has been spent hauling wood. Though its NOTHING like the cold where I most recently came from back in Minneapolis, Minnesota, nights out here get a bit chilly and it’s oh so nice to have a fire to warm up this big ceramic Spanish castle.
Many years ago Ramon’s Father bought 2 hectares of land, 20,000 square meters (almost 4 acres), down the valley from La Parcela, with the hopes of one day turning it into agriculture land. In the many years between the valley itself, for its relative closeness to the city has become a hub for resource digging, cement and stone the two most prized. Though the family land has remained untouched, some of the neighboring land is nothing but quarries, filled with leftover laborer tools. Not the prettiest sight to say the least.
Regardless, there happens to be quite a bit of abandoned property as well, filled with dead fruit trees and lumber making for great fire wood. In a stack of abandoned lumber we also happened to come across what in my eyes is a gold mine. A stack of 30 cm, 24 cm and 20 cm wide, 3 meter long boards. Just perfect for the Beehive prototype building we have in front of this coming week.
There’s a bit more organization of the tools and the workspace to be done, as well as some sketches and conversions to be calculated, but all in all I couldn’t be more satisfied with whats been accomplished in the past 6 days since I’ve been back. I have a good feeling about all the work yet to come, and as we continue to organize our makeshift greenhouse this afternoon, I’ll continue to dream of all the bees we’ll be attracting here shortly.