Getting to Normal

'August is the loneliest month that you'll ever do'. Ok, I know there are too many syllables but it's still true. Not because there are not people in the city. It's because all our neighbors fled somewhere else. The streets have been clogged with tourists and students from other places. And most of our regulars … Continue reading Getting to Normal

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

One Man’s Graffiti…

It's true, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And art is a subjective thing, determined by personal preference. I wasn't always a fan of the 'Graffiti Arts'. Those who wield a spray can in pursuit of the perfect surface on the street. Mostly, it's just seemed unsightly or a scourge on an otherwise … Continue reading One Man’s Graffiti…

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

It Really is That Special

Every day  it seems we love living in Valencia more. The weather, the people, the scenery. And, lets face it, the cost of living doesn't hurt. But the biggest things we love is the people. Everyone is so nice. I'm not sure how that is possible, but people help us with everything, every day. They … Continue reading It Really is That Special

In the Neighborhood

This morning, after a coffee, we decided to head out and run some errands. But first we stopped off and visited a local tower that used to be the gate tower for the old city of Valencia. If people wanted to enter the town, they had to pass through one of the 12 gates that … Continue reading In the Neighborhood

Good Wine, Good Friends & a Little Kindness

The days seems longer here. I think it's because they're so packed with things we've never done before. Navigating, learning how to do things and seeing stuff that leaves us in awe. My day started with grabbing a Valenbisi bike (the best bike service anywhere) and riding 25 minutes to the city center to meet … Continue reading Good Wine, Good Friends & a Little Kindness

It’s 5:00 Somewhere

Around here, we mostly notice the differences. The similarities don't jump out at us, and there are less of those. Like obeying cross walk signs or driving on the right, the're easy to dismiss. Some differences are subtle, like the fact that you can't buy laundry detergent that is unscented. Everything is seriously perfumed. That's … Continue reading It’s 5:00 Somewhere

It’s a Process

The pace of our life is starting to settle in. All but one of the appliances, furniture and computer parts has arrived from the various stores we purchased them from. Yesterday was a monumental day. Our Washer/Dryer showed up unannounced - glad we were home. Yes, we smell fresh and clean! The guys brought it … Continue reading It’s a Process

Gift with Purchase

Happy One Week Anniversary to us! Alot of ground has been covered so far. Setting up house is exhausting business and it makes quite the dent in the wallet. We spend our free time shopping. I've always been a savvy shopper, but even I am weary of it.  After a week straight of foraging in … Continue reading Gift with Purchase