"In the four days that we were there we spent £334 and we don't regret a penny."
Budget: £30 per day(£15 per person)
Total Monthly Budget: £900
Total Spent: £692
Total Percentage Spent: 77%
Average Daily Spend: £23 (£11.53per person)
* The conversion has been based on the current exchange rate.
What Are We Doing?
I recently realised that I did not really elaborate much on what we are actually doing in Spain or what we are doing on the Workaway project and I know quite a few of you are interested in what our days actually look like. So now I will explain.
For the Workaway project we are providing Iván, a 13 year old Spanish boy private tuition on an evening from 6pm until 7pm. We do this Monday to Friday, sometimes the hours are a little longer and include weekends when he has exams(life's tough). Iván attends a British school and has done so since he was 3 years old, he is taught exactly the same syllabus of that in the UK. When we first arrived we understood that we would be helping him with his English homework but did not realise that this would be every subject in English. We quickly had to brush up on our Key Stage 3 Science, especially beacuse he had his mocks coming up and neither of us have studied science for at least 17 years. After helping him with science for the first few weeks every other subject seemed easy!
You will be as glad as me to know that he passed his mocks, phew!
In return for the tuition we receive our own studio which is literally a 30 second walk to the beach. So we feel we have a pretty good deal.
So apart from becoming professionals in science and planning lessons, what else have we been doing I hear you ask.
Before coming away we thought it would be useful for us both to obtain our TEFL qualification. Then if we need to earn money along the way we can use this as a means of doing so. We researched the companies well as we did not just want to just get a Mickey Mouse qualification and decided to use The TEFL Academy. In the 8 weeks that we have been here we have each taken 12 exams and completed two asignments. Getting into the swing of making revision notes and studying was hard at first, we are both very out of practise. The course was intense and far more difficult than we expected, but finally we have completed it and passed. Jason is so scarred by the experience and the English grammar that he said he is never going to teach! Now we both finally feel free and that we can actually do what we want. Next up is studying Spanish!
In between all this we have been climbing, riding our bikes and doing a little bit of exploring.
This months blog is a good example of how much your expenditure increases if you have to pay for food and accommodation. We were paid a visit from our amigo Si, so we let our hair down and spent some good days with him. We also spent four wonderful days in the medieval town of Albarracin(blog to follow shortly). In the four days that we were there we spent £334 and we don't regret a penny. We stayed in a quaint little hotel and we ate a lot of delicious traditional Spanish food!
€166/ £127 ACCOMMODATION 14%
Three nights in Albarracín cost us €150. It was way too cold to camp or sleep in our car due to it being -5 degrees during the night, so we had to book into a hotel. Also included is one nights camping in Chulilla. We spent 13 nights in Chulilla but the remainder of this crosses over into next months budget.
€313/ £241 GROCERIES 27%
This month we had a few extras to pay for. I needed to purchase medication for my neck and we bought a small camping stove. Every Monday we got to the local market to purchase our vegetables for the week. I really enjoy this as I get to practise my Spanish and the guy who works there is so friendly, he helps boost my confidence unlike some of the others who look at me like I am stupid! We are in a good routine now with the shopping and know where to go for what. Jason has definitely done well at hunting down the Haribo offers.
€17/ £13.07 TRAVEL 1.5%
We went to Valenica for the day to visit our amigo Si who just showed up out of the blue! What a great surprise. We showed him the sites and ate lots of good food!
€74.15/ £57.30 FUEL 6.33%
The petrol is lasting us a longtime which is good. A full tank is costing around €50 and lasting about a month. At the beggining of this month we drove back from Chulilla which is around 80 miles away. Then at the end of this month we drove to Albarracín which is 158 miles from our house and then from there to Chulilla which is 108 miles.
€84.55/ £65.03 ALCOHOL 7.22%
When we visited Si in Valencia we of course drank a few beers with him. We visited a few of the craft beer bars there, a few of them brew there own too. We also enjoyed a few drinks in Albarracín too, the local red wine there was gorgeous!
€44.40/ £34.15 COFFEE & CAKE 3.80%
This month we didn't ride our bikes so much. Mostly due to my neck injury in. We did however have to go and sit in a lot of cafes to take our exams due to the interent being down for a few days at our place.
€182.85/ £140.65 EATING OUT 15%
Wow this month we ate out a lot! Well mostly in Albarracín, the local cuisine had to be tried there. Truffles are a speciality in that region as well as rabbit and lamb, it was just too good to miss!
€18/£13.84 ACTIVITIES 1.5%
Albarracín has some fantastic bouldering in the forest so we hired a bouldering mat for a couple of days and had a fantastic time, even if it did snow and hail!