El Barranc de l’infern

I don't speak Valenciano or Catalan. These are the local languages of the North and Central coasts of the Mediterranean side of Spain. People say they're totally different languages, others say they're the same. To me it doesn't matter - because I know neither of them. To me, they're a combo of Spanish and French. … Continue reading El Barranc de l’infern

Love is the Little Things

Jeff popped home to Valencia from Germany, for an overnight (about 7 hours total) before heading to the US. We've spent so much time together over the last year - more than any other time in our marriage - it felt a bit strange to have him away. But in the past it was usually … Continue reading Love is the Little Things

The Sounds of Fallas 2019

I've shared a bunch of photos of different things during Fallas this year. Mostly, other than the bands for the processions, it's been more of a visual feast. But Holy Batman! It's loud around here and you can't really appreciate it until you're there in person. But I'm going to try to help you get … Continue reading The Sounds of Fallas 2019

Falles 2019 and the Environment: Shades of Things to Come

No matter how much you love Fallas, and people do or don't to varying degrees, you can't help but look at these amazing sculptures carved from hardened liquid Styrofoam, and not understand that burning over 700 of these in one night is an environmental disaster. The chemicals and CO2 released as they melt (The Crema), … Continue reading Falles 2019 and the Environment: Shades of Things to Come

It Goes BOOM!

Last year when we arrived in Valencia, we felt like we were inundated by sound. BOOMS! and POPS!. People throwing fireworks under the feet of strangers seemed to be common. And when sitting at a cafe you'd be jumping as someone lit a firecracker under your chair and ran. We noticed that very small children, … Continue reading It Goes BOOM!

Effigies and Processions

The last days of Fallas are upon us. It started slow with neighborhood processions - my favorite - that are more homegrown and organic, and don't possess all the flash of the grand processions with the 100's of Falleras and Falleros marching to the town hall on floats. Or the one to Our Lady of … Continue reading Effigies and Processions

Back From Bilbao

We are home in Valencia again. It's nice to sleep in our own bed. But we did see some really cool stuff and Bilbao is a place we'll go back to. Like so many cities you visit, you just scratch the surface on a weekend trip. It takes multiple visits at varying times of year … Continue reading Back From Bilbao

Hola Bilbao

We are in Bilbao. Fallas Refugees. We've met so many people lately who are Fallas Virgins. They can't believe we are leaving to escape 'All the Fun!'. I've been called a 'fuddy duddy' and a 'buzz kill'. But they'll learn the closer we get to March 19th when all hell breaks loose. I heard from … Continue reading Hola Bilbao

My Take

It's not all sunshine and oranges in Valencia. Well, it kinda is. But for the past week we've been reflecting on what we have learned over the last year. And it's been conversations filled with smiles, laughter and A LOT of 'Remember when we first got here and we ....' and 'I can't believe we … Continue reading My Take

Guest Blog: Feliz Primer Anniversario – El Jefe’s Perspective

We have made it a whole year! I have a lot of stuff filed under “If only I knew then what I know now” and I’ll help Kelli out now and again with a guest blog post sharing my observations of living here in Valencia. Do I need one of those? I think living in the … Continue reading Guest Blog: Feliz Primer Anniversario – El Jefe’s Perspective