The first time Fede came to us we were sitting on the back of our trailer having an intense conversation. He walked up to us, stopt and started chatting in Spanish. We didn’t have any idea what he was saying but that didn’t bother him at all. After some time he made a gesture with his hand that could only mean “follow me”. And so we did. He brought us to his house and proudly showed us his vegetable garden. Witch was a joy to see! We learned the names of al the vegetables in Spanish and after some time he grabbed a knife and started harvesting fresh veggies for us. When he was done we were invited to sit down and with a bottle of bubbles we celebrated our new friendship.
After meeting his wife Marian and daughter Barbara we became regular guests at their house. They treated us with the most delicious food and we had funny and slow conversations true google translate.
As time went by Fede and Marian became a sort of grandparents for our girls and often they went by their house and got treated with ice cream, chocolate and God knows what more (TV!).
Fede not only gave us a place we were welcome, but also he started introducing us to people who became dear to us. Jon living up the street with his two shepherd dogs. Marta an Rubén who have a spiritual center and became like family. Inviting us to many special gatherings were we met many more brothers and sisters. Our girls became friends with their daughter Africa and they even stayed over a couple of nights at their place, giving us some precious time of our own!
Through Fede we became more than just visitors enjoying the beautiful beach and countryside. Through his efforts we were living here with an actual community around us. Exact the thing that we were wishing for when we were imagining our journey.
This man made that vision come true and he enjoyed it so much!
Last Saturday the girls went up to their house in the morning and encountered a rather shocking site. Marian in tears with family members around her trying to comfort her.
A man told the girls in English that Fede was in the sky. They came running back and told us that there was something wrong with Fede. Luckily the man followed the girls and explained what has happened. Fede died that morning in the hospital after an operation on his liver.
We were in shock.
The girls still have a hard time believing he’s gone. In Spain the funeral is so much faster than we are used to in Holland that we couldn’t say goodbye to him. Now whats left are the many good memories we made with him and of course al the lovely people he left behind. Next month there is going to be a big fiesta to celebrate his life. Just the way he would have wanted, loving his food and drinks and the company of friends.
We miss you Fede. Thank you for being in our lives 🙏🏻💚
X The Tipifamily