Fin de Semana Delicioso

A Gorgeous weekend in Valencia. Saturday was windless on the beach. Micro waves, no wind. And it was warm enough to be out and about until the mid afternoon without a jacket. And the water wasn't too bad after you got used to it. It's nice to get back to normal. Or what feels like … Continue reading Fin de Semana Delicioso

No Passa Nada

I know some people who moved here after we did. They had been reading my blog and told me, on more than one occasion, ‘All we had to do was ask ourselves ‘What would Kelli do?’ and then do the exact opposite’. Sure, I’m pretty clear I’ve made some mistakes, but it’s all learning. That’s … Continue reading No Passa Nada

And Now We Wait

This morning I made my way to the Autoescula across town, where I have been taking my driving lessons. At 10 am we went to the starting ground for the practical driving exam. It was time. On a wall I saw 'Nunca sabras de lo que eres capaz hasta que lo intentes.' by Charles Dickens. … Continue reading And Now We Wait

Too Much Junk in the Trunk

You can already tell the days are getting longer. The afternoon light has started to get that honey colored glow. The afternoons are in the 60's and even 70's this past weekend. Spring is arriving in January in Valencia. Even my beleaguered pepper plant - that I failed to bring in all winter - has … Continue reading Too Much Junk in the Trunk

Perfectly Imperfect

I read somewhere that in Japan they have a tradition. When a bowl or a plate is broken, it is repaired, but with a thin layer of gold along the crack. They don't try to fake it with super glue or send it out to a master ceramicist to refire and repaint it, so it's … Continue reading Perfectly Imperfect

Roller Coaster Sunday

'God takes care of fools and little children.' It's been my motto my entire life. So far it has worked for me nicely. I've toddled my way through things and while there were potential dangers - I mostly ignored them. I just kept toddling. But I digress. I'll start at the beginning. We left the … Continue reading Roller Coaster Sunday

Zen and the Art of Learning to Drive in Spain: ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’

I don't know much. But one thing I have learned after two driving lessons is that driving a stick is no big deal. Yup - only killed the engine once in an hour and a half, after stopping at a light and trying to start forward in 3rd gear. Another thing I learned is that … Continue reading Zen and the Art of Learning to Drive in Spain: ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’

The Sun Also Rises

Time smooths out the rough edges of memory. Sometimes it makes the past seem rosier than, perhaps, it really was. We are home from Ireland. We were excited to spend Christmas in New Years in weather that felt like so many holidays of the past. Especially all the years we spent in Seattle. And it … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises

Last Days in Ireland – Feeling the Love

We left Derry and made our way back to Dublin. I've finally figured out the roads - what the letters mean - so we used the wider cow paths to get there - mostly uneventfully. I won't lie, I'll miss being called 'Love', 'Pet' or 'Darlin'' liberally sprinkled in any sentence that addressed me for … Continue reading Last Days in Ireland – Feeling the Love

It’s a Mixed Bag

We've been up since 2:30 am. When you move to another country - 9 time zones ahead of where your US cell phone number's area code happens to be - any old reminders for a dentist, veterinarian or prescriptions is going to come to your phone at a time that is based on that old … Continue reading It’s a Mixed Bag