Sometimes, getting there is Half the Battle

OK - I couldn't resist. We took separate flights to Sao Paolo - for reasons I won't go in to, the consequences of which I'm still paying for. But we did get here. I knew it was going to be interesting when I saw a Franciscan monk get on the plane in full robes and … Continue reading Sometimes, getting there is Half the Battle

Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

Every October 9th, since King James the I of Aragon sent the Moors packing south, Valencian's have celebrated their freedom. OK, well as much freedom as people who still lived under a feudal system for 100's of years following this conquest could. But the Spanish population, who were mostly Christians (Catholics) went from being the … Continue reading Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

Interactive Tapas

Last evening was all about Tapas! I"m not an expert on Spanish food and since we're surrounded by tapas everywhere, it was time to get educated. Our friends, Nick and Tatiana, organized the evening for us all.  The chef at Ahuevos, Jose' Simon, and his lovely wife hosted a night of 'Interactive Tapas'. It was … Continue reading Interactive Tapas

El Jefe y Keli

I couldn't love our neighborhood more. Seriously. It reminds me of living in San Francisco in the early 90's and in Seattle's Belltown in the mid 90's. In San Francisco in the Haight or in the Aves, you could catch Robin Williams working out new material in one club or another. In Seattle, you could … Continue reading El Jefe y Keli

Stop Whining

OK. I had my pity party. I missed home on the 4th of July. Seems like that's a good day to mope when you're so far from neighborhood fireworks and bar-b-que with friends. But like one of those blow up clown dolls with the sand in the bottom, you gotta pop back up. And some … Continue reading Stop Whining

Got’em – With a Little Help from my Friends

Before posting on my blog about my allergies, I hadn't really told anyone here. My friends in the US knew about it because they knew me when I was sick. But after I found out, I would try to not make a huge deal out of it. In restaurants I would order around them. I … Continue reading Got’em – With a Little Help from my Friends

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

Never Give Up

Sometimes things just take time. Language barriers can be a big issue. Especially when health issues are involved. Yeah, I've had that little issue with a kidney stone a few weeks ago. After that, I decided I was well enough to go all the way to Germany with Jeff to get his motorcycle. Maybe not … Continue reading Never Give Up

Tribunal de las Aguas

A while back, I learned of the Tribunal de las Aquas. AKA The Water Board. No, not that kind of 'water board'. There is no torture, and liquid never makes an actual appearance. But it is all about the water rights of the Valencian Plateau and the 'Waterlands' herein. To recap, this is the oldest … Continue reading Tribunal de las Aguas

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