AN 80-year-old Spanish grandfather, who retired from a career as a notary, is set to start a new semester as an Erasmus student in Italy.
Miguel Castillo, from Liria near Valencia, won the grant to pursue his history degree at a university in Verona after enrolling at Valencia University two years ago.
“It was a typical retirement,” said Castillo.
“I looked after the grandchildren, went for walks, played golf, but didn’t do much.”
But this all changed five years ago when he suffered a heart attack and was given a quadruple heart bypass.

“On the road to recovery I told myself ‘I would like to do something beyond the classic napping’,” he explained.

His wife, 65, will also be coming with him when he starts his studies on February 19.