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The first week of work

After the transaction we had time to think about what we could do in the village, as now we are the owners. The next option for us to go to Spain was in the autumn holidays. Earlier on we tried to combine it with Spanish classes for the kids, but we couldn’t arrange extra free time from school, so we had to stick to the one week of school vacation.

We thought about starting at one of the houses which is in the relative good condition, like getting a door, so we could close it and store stuff there. But we had no electricity or tools as we had no space to keep stuff safe. So we were kind of stuck in a chicken and egg problem. To get out of this we set up a plan to get a container which we could lock. But that would not be there for this vacation.

Then Maaike’s parents asked: “Would it be of any use if we were there with some tools to clear away the burrs, bushes and so on?” Of course that would be great! We were happy that they were enthusiastic and by itself there was a plan to do that week. Cleanup and free the house and path's.

They even decided to go there a week earlier than us. They took a brushcutter, soil driller, pickaxe and machete so where fully equipped.

As we started working on the houses and land we wanted to make sure anyone wondering around would know what we are doing. Making communication easy to avoid problems building and hopefully when people know we are working on a good cause they would rather help than break things. 

Where could we order something like that, would it be expensive? By sheer incidence it turned out that we could order it on the same website we already ordered our leaflets. Tibor had to do a lot of fitting and measuring before the leaflet was transformed into a one meter wide board, but in the end it was perfect and costed about 50 euros. And it could be added to the stuff in Maaike’s parents car.

A lot of work was already done when we got there: the Calle Real was mostly cleaned, including the house that we want to reconstruct first!

So what did we do while the parents where removing all the burrs. We investigated what plants were growing on the land already, see how far we could come with soil driller (which was only 20cm for most of the lands and 40cm for the biggest land which is more clayey), take monsters from the soils (see another blog), attaching a mailbox and the information board and making plans about the reconstruction of the house (mainly for the roof and windows, to make it waterproof).






  1. Hoi Maaike en Tibur, wat een mooi project! Ik zou graag met jullie in contact willen komen, maar zie geen contactgegevens. Willen jullie mij wellicht een mailtje sturen? Hartengroet Hanke

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  3. Me alegro mucho de vuestra llegada a Bárcena de Bureba. Os deseo lo mejor en este bonito proyecto.

  4. Ik geniet mee van jullie wilskracht om zo'n plan/droom daadwerkelijk te gaan doen! Ik lees mee met jullie vorderingen en wie weet kan ik ooit wat doen:-)

  5. Hi Maaike en Tibur, Wát een mooi avontuur zijn jullie aangegaan. Mijn partner en ik zoeken al enige tijd naar een alternatieve manier van leven in Spanje. In het AD stond een artikel over jullie mooie project. Dat maakte ons enthousiast. Graag zouden wij met jullie in contact komen want wellicht kunnen wij bijdragen om jullie te helpen om die geweldige droom waar te maken en ook onze droom te realiseren.
    Groetjes Robbert en Jet

  6. Ik las het artikel over jullie in het AD. Wat een mooi initiatief. Ik ben meteen op zoek gegaan naar een blog / website en ik ga jullie zeker volgen de komende tijd. Veel succes en vooral ook veel plezier.

  7. Hey mooie mensen! Wat leuk en bijzonder dat jullie dit oppakken! Hebben jullie ook een social media om te volgen? Wie weet dat we in de toekomst wat kunnen betekenen! Liefs Stephanie

    1. bedankt voor je reactie! we hebben geen sociale media, we proberen alle belangrijke updates hier te posten

  8. Hi Maaike, wij zien jullie mail graag tegemoet.

  9. Hi Maaike en Tibur, wat een geweldig avontuur! ik zou graag met jullie in contact komen hierover. Ik wacht met enthousiasme op jullie reactie! met avontuurlijke groet, Keith

  10. Hallo Maaike en Tibur, ik ben óók eentje van de vele geïnteresseerden in jullie dorp, en heb afgelopen weekend een mailtje gestuurd :) Komt een hoop over jullie heen begrijp ik!

  11. Wat een mooi initiatief! Dit soort plekken zijn een oase van rust i.v.m. Nederland. Is er ook mogelijkheid tot een vakantiewoning?

  12. Hello everybody. My name is Christian I am French and I am very keen to join the project of Maaike and Tibor. I have sent Two email About 3. Weeks ago and I am quite disappointed as I do not received any answer. Are they in Barcena ? I am in Spain and it will be easy for me to go there. Tell me if you have a clue…thank you for your help.


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