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

Nesting

Fall has arrived - my favorite season. The weather had definitely turned in Spain. This weekend the temperatures have dropped. I got up early yesterday morning to make breakfast and watch the sunrise on the balcony off the kitchen. It was cold and crisp. Time to switch out for the snuggly chenille robe instead of … Continue reading Nesting

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

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

A Teenage Wasteland

Moving to a new country has a been exciting and challenging in many ways. I've chronicled many of them here. But none has been quite the riddle that is moving across the world with a teenager. Yes, Emilie is only here on school breaks, but a 3 month stretch with her parents in a strange … Continue reading A Teenage Wasteland

Morning Rituals

When we moved to Arizona from Seattle in 2016, initially we loved the weather and how different the vegetation was from the Northwest. But of course, we moved there in March after a particularly drippy winter in Seattle. We were ready for a change. But when the thermostat hit 124 Fahrenheit on June 21st - … Continue reading Morning Rituals

Its Official

Today, we got our Spanish National Identity cards. It's a big moment that took place in a humble building on the other side of the city, and they're resting in our wallets now. So we're good to go until we need to renew our visas in 11 months. Everything here is a process of doing … Continue reading Its Official

Elusive Sleep

The last several weeks I haven't been sleeping well. It means I'm up early or in the middle of the night. Sometimes lying in bed looking at the ceiling. Sometimes sitting in the living room looking out the window watching the sun come up. The sky goes from as black as it can be in … Continue reading Elusive Sleep

Breaking up with Fallas

Dear God in Heaven. How long can Fallas go on? I mean, actually how many hours a day, # of fireworks, parades, more parades, marching bands, more fireworks, light shows and people and more people. Dear Lord, we have only been here 2 and a half weeks and we're Fallas'd out. I'm including pictures from … Continue reading Breaking up with Fallas

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