Mis Amigos

I have 5 new Spanish boyfriends. Well, not exactly. Don't get too excited. But the way Jeff is reacting to my new crew you'd think I did. There's a bar in Benimachlet that I go to in the mornings sometimes. I'll bring my laptop and write at an outside table over a cafe con leche. … Continue reading Mis Amigos

Espacia Creativo

Ready. Set. Create! The movers came yesterday and we've been getting the new space all set up. We have desks for computers. Gotta write. A living room for resting from our creative pursuits. We're having a refrigerator delivered - no one creates on an empty stomach. And more work tables and sundry other items will … Continue reading Espacia Creativo

He’s Da Man

I'll be heading on a train to Barcelona soon to hang out with my niece, Melody, for a few days. She's on her first trip to Europe with her HS German language class, and for the last 10 days has been touring Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. She extending her stay here so she can pass … Continue reading He’s Da Man

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

Last Days of Fallas

What I said in my last post about noise? Well, I take it all back. Last night was epic on the noise front. Our local Fallas Associations were in full steam until late. I took the elevator down with several Falleras from our building. Some older ladies who had the sash from long ago with … Continue reading Last Days of Fallas

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

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

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