Brazil – Not Candy-Coated

We are home at last. We're both glad to be back in Spain. Not because we didn't enjoy Brazil but because it's truly home. Our language has changed now - and its a subtle thing. When in Sao Paolo we referred to 'home' and it wasn't the US. It was El Compartemiento. And I almost … Continue reading Brazil – Not Candy-Coated

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

The Boob Tube

I'm not sure the genesis of the American expression 'Boob Tube' but my Dad used to call the TV that, mockingly when we were kids. Television in our house growing up, wasn't something that was on most of the time, unless it was the news. And then it was usually news about the Vietnam war … Continue reading The Boob Tube

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

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

Random Crap

Everyday I learn new things. Most of them are small but this one was sort of large so I thought I would pass this and some of the other stuff we've gleaned lately. Because when things are different, it helps to know about them in advance so as to avoid confusion and delay. I went … Continue reading Random Crap

Everything has a Silver Lining

Today I had to wake up earlier than usual and head out to the IMED hospital in Burjasott. It's more on the outer ring of Valencia. Not far before you aren't in Valencia City at all. The Metro goes out that way and even further. We had underestimated the time we needed to take the … Continue reading Everything has a Silver Lining

It Really is That Special

Every day  it seems we love living in Valencia more. The weather, the people, the scenery. And, lets face it, the cost of living doesn't hurt. But the biggest things we love is the people. Everyone is so nice. I'm not sure how that is possible, but people help us with everything, every day. They … Continue reading It Really is That Special

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