¡Hola Madrid!

We took the high speed to Madrid from Valencia for our final days with Emilie before she went back to school. It cuts the travel time in half but still allows for beautiful views of wine, olives and this time of year, sunflower fields by the mile. All along the route it seemed the flowers … Continue reading ¡Hola Madrid!

Fishing for Laundry

There is always a silver lining to everything. Everything is connected to everything else. There are many cliches about this. 'When one door closes, a window opens.' Except is so bloody hot here that we're neither opening doors or windows. It will be 45 here this week. Usually, that means that we'll avoid the metro … Continue reading Fishing for Laundry

It was just a Birthday Fan

Getting older appeals to some. It doesn't to me. I haven't reached the age yet where I'll wear purple hats and large jewelry. But I'm over 50 now and while Jeff keeps telling me 'it's just a number' he has the luxury of doing that because he's 1 year and 6 weeks younger than I … Continue reading It was just a Birthday Fan

The BioParc

As we count down Emilie's last couple of weeks here in Spain for the summer, we have been playing tourists. Not so many museums and more of the organized amusements that someone under the age of 18 might enjoy. Last week was the Oceanographic. Today was the BioParc. Last weekend we had gotten a coupon … Continue reading The BioParc

In the Swim

Sometimes I still feel like we're tourists. Yes, we've lived here for a while now but we've only scratched the surface of what Valencien - or Spain in general - has to offer. There are some top sites for tourists when they visit. All the fruits of the City of Arts and Sciences.  The Natural … Continue reading In the Swim

What if we ever needed…3/4 of an Inch

Hell froze over today. Well, since it's so bloody hot and humid I sort of wish it actually did, but our stuff ARRIVED at 1pm today. It actually came with a phone call and three guys who could not have been nicer. I paid for their lunch afterwards. I'm not a person who has ever … Continue reading What if we ever needed…3/4 of an Inch

Noche San Juan Bautista

I'm all about the good vibrations. And generally, I'll try anything once - as long as it's not going to potentially kill me or result in legal action. There hasn't been one second in my life that I've thought I had all the answers. I'm always in awe of deeply religious people who truly believe … Continue reading Noche San Juan Bautista

Weekend Doings

It was Father's Day weekend in the US - so that's the one we celebrate here. Back in March, they celebrated Padre Dia on a Monday and it was a bank holiday. But we're sticking with what we know. On Friday night, we went to a local bar and watched the World Cup Match between … Continue reading Weekend Doings

A Teenage Wasteland

Moving to a new country has a been exciting and challenging in many ways. I've chronicled many of them here. But none has been quite the riddle that is moving across the world with a teenager. Yes, Emilie is only here on school breaks, but a 3 month stretch with her parents in a strange … Continue reading A Teenage Wasteland

Family Matters

Not to get too melancholy, and perhaps it's because June 5th would have been my grandmother's 100th birthday (she lived to 97), but every day walking down the street I see old people helping each other totter to the store or cafe, or just a bench. They have canes and lean on each other. But … Continue reading Family Matters