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

The Sun Also Rises

Time smooths out the rough edges of memory. Sometimes it makes the past seem rosier than, perhaps, it really was. We are home from Ireland. We were excited to spend Christmas in New Years in weather that felt like so many holidays of the past. Especially all the years we spent in Seattle. And it … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises

Its Official

Today, we got our Spanish National Identity cards. It's a big moment that took place in a humble building on the other side of the city, and they're resting in our wallets now. So we're good to go until we need to renew our visas in 11 months. Everything here is a process of doing … Continue reading Its Official

A Place to Lay My Head

We finally got to Valencia late last evening. Our day had been 35 hours long, including a near riot in the Madrid Airport over cancelled flights, perceived line cutting and general injustice by some of the passengers. The general mayhem and lack of anyone in charge only added to the seeming thirst for blood. To … Continue reading A Place to Lay My Head

Visa Approved!!

Just heard - we are good to go. Its a little surreal. If we hadn't had to provide one more month of financial statements, it would have taken only 3 days. I love the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. Crazy! After all that - it was quick and painless. It's strange. Thinking back, when we … Continue reading Visa Approved!!

Day 8 – Visa Watch

We're just waiting now. Checking email throughout the day to see if the 'We like you, come to Spain' email is waiting for us. Now I'm doing the housekeeping of sweeping up all the little things. Funny, I thought the list was almost done, but the closer we get I keep adding one thing here, … Continue reading Day 8 – Visa Watch

Check, Check, Check

Yesterday, I sat near our open front door and waited all day for the overnight package from our translator so I could turn around and send it to the Spanish Consulate. Our mail carrier is flakey - a looong history of creatively avoiding bringing packages to our door and just leaving the 'Sorry we missed … Continue reading Check, Check, Check

Just One More Thing…

After driving to Los Angeles and staying in a hotel overnight, we made it the the consulate a bit early for our appointment. Their website details EXACTLY how you're supposed to do everything, down to printing two copies of the document check list and the order in which those documents must appear in the packet. … Continue reading Just One More Thing…

The Wind at our Backs

We've spent months and months getting everything ready and today, we drive towards LA. On the way, we'll stop off in Palm Springs for an overnight with dear friends, and then it's on to LaLa land to spend, probably a sleepless night in great anticipation. Monday morning we have 2 meetings at the Spanish consulate … Continue reading The Wind at our Backs

The Slow Roll

The next 30 days - Please, Please, Please give us a visa - has become our linguistic transition period. I'm +Babbeling, and Rosetta Stoning. I'm watching strictly Spanish TV and even trying out some of my new language on Jeff. 'Let's Go' he says, to move me along to the store. 'You mean 'Vamonos!' I … Continue reading The Slow Roll