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

In Thru the Out Door

We are less than a week from our 6 month anniversary of moving to Valencia. In that time, we've learned how to navigate public transport. Which super markets and restaurants we like. How holidays are celebrated and that fireworks will be our constant companion. We have started to understand how the bureaucracy works and when … Continue reading In Thru the Out Door

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

Aprendiendo Espanol – Dia Nueve

Some of this post will be in Spanish. It might not be perfect but now that I’ve been studying Spanish for 9 whole days, I think I’m ready to try to convey my deepest thoughts in my new-found language. I must first apologize to my Mom and Mrs. Taylor, who has lived next door to … Continue reading Aprendiendo Espanol – Dia Nueve

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

Sometimes

Moving to Valencia was made easier, I'm convinced, because we left Seattle two years earlier for Arizona. I had taken a new job knowing it wasn't the end of the line. So we were out of our comfort zones for quite awhile before we packed up and moved across the world. Arizona wasn't politically our … Continue reading Sometimes

Court Jester

The saying goes 'In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.' That saying is playing out in our household every day. It seems I have been the anointed one. Sort of. With my horrible Spanish, I am put forward by Jeff and Emilie to ask for directions, make dinner reservations, speak to … Continue reading Court Jester

The Business of Living

I awoke very early this morning with serious stomach pains. My whole left side was in such pain and it hurt to even touch it. Ugh. We have been so busy with other things, like living and working, that we haven't established a relationship with a Dr. And finding one that speaks English - my … Continue reading The Business of Living

It’s 5:00 Somewhere

Around here, we mostly notice the differences. The similarities don't jump out at us, and there are less of those. Like obeying cross walk signs or driving on the right, the're easy to dismiss. Some differences are subtle, like the fact that you can't buy laundry detergent that is unscented. Everything is seriously perfumed. That's … Continue reading It’s 5:00 Somewhere