It was a dark and stormy night

Well, it was actually a dark and stormy afternoon. And it was the day that I realized the theme of this week should be 'The Appointment to Make the Appointment'. We hit the ground running this week.Our first annual medical exams since we've been here - actually, we were way past due before we left … Continue reading It was a dark and stormy night

Teaching the Test

I'm all over this driving test thing. Every day I'm taking the actual Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) tests online. In the beginning, I was getting discouraged. I was successful somewhere in the 70% range and it was a morale killer. But I have persevered and now I'm either passing the actual tests or coming … Continue reading Teaching the Test

¡Hola Madrid!

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!

No Really, Where’s my Stuff?!?

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?!?

Hello Barcelona

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

Oh My God!!

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!!

Siesta is the Besta

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

Working out the Kinks

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

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