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!
Oh yes. Back in the dark ages - well, the end of February, the movers came and took our stuff to Los Angeles. They had promised to put it all on a boat that would sail across the sea. How do I know this? Because I gave them a pile of money and signed a … Continue reading No Really, Where’s my Stuff?!?
Just a quick trip up to Barcelona to pick up Emilie. She's out of school in the US and here for the summer. This morning she's still out like a light, after delayed flights out of Lexington for weather, and then a couple hours of mechanical difficulties in Chicago. I was happy to see her … Continue reading Hello Barcelona
It's probably not as bad as all that. But now that we have wheels - only two really - we are mobile. Seems like that would be a good thing. Driving ourselves to where ever we want to go. We're free wheelin' now. Ha!! No more constrained by where the Valensibi bikes can take us. … Continue reading Oh My God!!
In the spirit of recovery and a change of scenery, Jeff arranged an excursion to Alicante. It's a medium sized city south of Valencia just two hours by the slow train. It's a great way to travel. The towns in between are sleepy and the ride is smooth enough that if a nap is in … Continue reading Siesta is the Besta
Spent the morning at Shopping City. The dog upstairs barks a lot right on queue early in the morning, and our furniture hasn't arrived from the US, so it's a bit of an echo chamber in El Compartimiento. Time to fill it up a bit and check some things off the list. Our Barbie appliances … Continue reading Housekeeping
Whenever you move - even if it was just in the US - you have kinks to work out. They're are always issues and hiccups. But moving to Spain, with time differences, foreign banking and the like, it's even more hiccupy. We're taking deep breaths. A lot of deep breaths. And it's not just about … Continue reading Working out the Kinks
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
The truck showed up at 7:15 pm tonight and then they told me - 'Yeah, sorry, but we don't have enough room in the truck for your stuff.' Am I kidding, you ask? No. Were they kidding, I asked? Sadly, No. Deep breath. They promised - after spending two hours wrapping our couch and bicycles … Continue reading Wait – What?!?
Just like Paul Revere of Revolutionary legend. Yes - we got the word. The shippers are coming today! Everything is ready to go - labeled, numbered, and on the inventory sheet I created. I'll just hand it to them and off they'll go. Again, this is a prime example of how much communication is key … Continue reading The Shippers are Coming, The Shippers are Coming!!