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

The Visa Renewal

I can't believe it's been nearly a year. It flew by and when I look back on all the things we did, and all that we've learned, I'm amazed. And if I'm honest, more than a little tired. Perhaps its this roller coaster of the bug that has performed a hit and run on me … Continue reading The Visa Renewal

It’s Never as Easy as it Looks

When I started taking my practice tests for taking the theory test in preparation for getting my driving license, I was failing ALL of them - miserably. I believed it's because the translations from Spanish to English for each of the questions/answers is wonky. But I persevered, while complaining bitterly. Jeff listened to my complaints … Continue reading It’s Never as Easy as it Looks

This Old Dog

They say you're only as old as you feel. But, as I've discovered, that's not necessarily true. You're actually as old as you are. And there is no way around that. I have been playing on a women's futbol (soccer) team here in Valencia. We practice every Monday and Wednesday. It took me a couple … Continue reading This Old Dog

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