We are family....as the song says!!!!!
Gaia and José, Italian woman and Spanish man who met four years ago in the "Camino de Santiago" and our 3 years old son Balam Felice who was born from our love!
Last but not least we live with Baraka, a lovely 11 years old lady-dog full of energy who's always by our side (or are we by her's?!).
We travelled since we met, and now we're renovating a country house who was José's family summer holidays house.
We live inthe countryside, within a very nice and quiet valley called "La Foia de Castalla", 816 m above sea level, 25 minutes away from Alicante in the Comunitat Valenciana. Our house is close to Onil town, Castalla own and Ibi Town, the bigger one (24.0000 inhabitants).
We have some land, 14 olive trees, 4 walnut trees , 2 almond trees and a cherry tree, many plants and flowers and a veggie garden who wishes to be a permacolture one :)))))).
Great open landscapes, surrounded by mountains and small towns, pine trees, oaks, great biodiversity (many birds!!) and friendly people live tranquilly and keeping their traditions alive (Paella is just one of them!!!!!).
We're surrounded by fields with olive, almond, walnut trees and several crops (oat, wheat, artichokes, pumpkins, etc.)
We also have a pool, hammocks, bicycles, very nice walks, and you can come with us to visit the small towns when we go there.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
You're welcome to participate to our family life, to improve your Italian or Spanish, I (Gaia) also speak English, France and Portuguese (would love to improve it!) and as I'm dog trainer I can give you many tips about how to train dogs. We can also play and sing together and make some music.
José speaks Spanish but he succeds in being understood in many languages! We can teach you how to make a Paella and a good pizza too (our neighbors are an Italian/Spanish couple and own a pizzeria in Ibi).
The place we're living in is very calm, with dry hot summers and dry cold winters. It is full of local Culture, in a Bi-lingual region (Castellano and Valenciá), plenty of cultural activities and along the year many "Moors and Christians" Fiestas and different fiestas too. Paella is just one of the typical yummy food you can eat here, and José cooks a special one!
Right in this valley, during the past, some companies gave birth to dolls and toys and fastly attracted several people coming from other parts of Spain to work within Toys factories (just google Famosa, Rico, Reig and have a look!).
Now factories are still on the run, but many ones, due to the strong worldwide competition, started producing other plastic goods and several metal goods as moulds for car parts, etc. Ibi was Toys town and Ice cream town, so, after having eaten a yummy Ice Cream you can get to know much about the history in Onil and Ibi dolls and toys museums.
Foreign people are not only Benidorm's lovers; many of them, mostly coming from Great Britain, fall in love with the easy going life in the valley and when they retire they decide to come to live here; there is an urbanisation called "Castalla International" where many of them find their place.
You can also find people coming from other parts of Europe!
José is currently full-time working in the house, to build a new kitchen and a bathroom and to condition the house to live in during the wintertime. While renovating, we try to work out how to heat it (including the water) efficiently and the more ecologically we can, so welcome whoever can help us with his/her knowledge about building, plumbing, carpenting, renewable energies, electricity, insulating, heating, and gardening, and we'd love to build a nice chicken pen. We can also need your help to look after Balam Felice, who's a lovely and smart little boy, while we can be busy in other house chores. We can be happy with 4/5 hours help a day with two free days per week.
Please, we don't accept any drugs/alcohol abusers but you'll have plenty of outdoor space to smoke and you're welcome to have a beer or a glass of wine with us.
We always make a 2 days trial to understand whether we can be in a good connection, otherwise no worries and everyone can follow his/hers own path :)
English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese
Accommodation can vary from a private room with bed or, as we are currently in the middle of the reformation, an igloo tent (the two seconds quechua decathlon tent). We have a shared toilet with shower. No internet connection for the moment but plenty of it in the small villages, including public libraries (for free) and bars (just sip a drink and you'll have WiFi for free too)
During your time off you can chill out, have a swim in the swimming pool (we're currntly keeping the water shallow for Balam Felice to learn swimming), have a walk around the paths and enjoying the nice walks, throw the ball to the restless Baraka while swinging in the hammock, play the guitar or going to visit the small towns I described. No public transport but we can give you a lift or you can ride our bike!
During your free day you can go to the beach in Alicante or other beaches and we can help you to figure out how to get there by public transport.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week