The Spanish Melting Pot

When living in a place, I think it's important to know something about it. I've been to countless museums, historical sites, and prehistorical archaeological sites in Spain. And while it's been interesting, weaving it all together hasn't always been easy. I needed a coach. We aren't taught much European history when we go through school … Continue reading The Spanish Melting Pot

Mis Amigos

I have 5 new Spanish boyfriends. Well, not exactly. Don't get too excited. But the way Jeff is reacting to my new crew you'd think I did. There's a bar in Benimachlet that I go to in the mornings sometimes. I'll bring my laptop and write at an outside table over a cafe con leche. … Continue reading Mis Amigos

The Travel Bug

I was bitten by the travel bug even before I ever traveled on my first train ride. It started by receiving gifts from my Uncle living in Japan for my birthdays. And from my Grandmother who was a ballsy lady who traveled the world on her own in retirement. Neither seemed to be afraid of … Continue reading The Travel Bug

Last Days of Fallas

What I said in my last post about noise? Well, I take it all back. Last night was epic on the noise front. Our local Fallas Associations were in full steam until late. I took the elevator down with several Falleras from our building. Some older ladies who had the sash from long ago with … Continue reading Last Days of Fallas

Falles 2019 and the Environment: Shades of Things to Come

No matter how much you love Fallas, and people do or don't to varying degrees, you can't help but look at these amazing sculptures carved from hardened liquid Styrofoam, and not understand that burning over 700 of these in one night is an environmental disaster. The chemicals and CO2 released as they melt (The Crema), … Continue reading Falles 2019 and the Environment: Shades of Things to Come

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

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