This is Retirement!!! How Come I'm Working So Much?
Well we've been pretty quiet the last few weeks. In fact this is the longest time we haven't blogged since we started The Scenic Route. There's no specific reason but more a combination of them. The main one is that I have been pretty busy with work which is kind of weird to say as a semi-retired person. I don't talk much about work here on the blog because it's just not that interesting and honestly I don't really work that much.
I took on a few consulting gigs after we quit our full time jobs to start traveling. These were mostly from people I knew in my industry who needed occasional help with marketing but didn't want to hire anyone on a permanent basis. I actually enjoyed the work aspect of my career. It was the internal politics and ridiculous pressures that Corporate America puts on its workers for no real reason that drove me away.
I started as an independent consultant over three years ago and have worked on a few projects here and there with former colleagues or on referrals from people who know me. Just ten hours or so a week, nothing too much. The work load usually ebbs and flows but culminated in last month being the busiest of my consulting career. Geez, I almost worked full time this August! Some of it was for the few clients I have been regularly working with over the last year or so but on top of this, a large project landed on my lap from a contact who sought me out via my profile on LinkedIn.
Of course I realize that I am incredibly lucky. Most times I'm fortunate to work nowhere near as much as normal people do every month. I know it is a very privileged position and I'm not complaining but this past month was unusual for me. Actually the timing could not have been better. August is pretty hot and steamy in Valencia so spending days on end inside an air conditioned apartment beavering away was no hardship at all.
We still found time for lots of fun in the evenings. We were discovering a new neighborhood (blog post to follow) comparing the old town of El Carmen to the trendy Russafa we had come to know a little already. At the end of my working days inside, we set out to get to know our city better and enjoy the wonderful balmy evenings. After hitting a project deadline we enjoyed a full day with good friends at a local Beach Club. We waded in the pool, drank lots of cocktails and generally lazed around talking nonsense all day which at the time made perfect sense to us. We still made the time to attend Spanish School three times a week to try and do the good people of Spain a favor by not murdering their language every time we open our bocas!
The unexpected project I was working on is less demanding now so in September we should have more days available for the fun stuff. It's perfect timing as the weather becomes a little more suited to venturing out and about at this time of year. All in all life is not just good, it's actually pretty marvelous, Nos encanta Valencia!