It’s Official: Spain’s Newest Resident

It’s been a long, long road.

Today feels like the culmination of the last 5 years of our lives.

Today, we received our Residency Cards in Valencia, Spain!

Placa del Carmen in the light

It has been 5 years of soul-searching, difficult decisions, persistence, hard work, planning, executing, several amazing exploratory trips to Greece, Croatia and Spain, time, money and resources invested, and, yes, even some doubts, tears, and more than one argument. [Read about the inspirational source of this life-changing journey in ‘Moving to Spain‘]

But, we are here now, the city is breathtaking, the people are warm to match the weather and we’ve made some great new friends.

It feels like home.

I often pinch myself.

Renaissance courtyard at the Contemporary Cultural Centre del Carmen

But, it’s also just the beginning.

The beginning of this new journey to live in Europe and thrive here under the Valencian sun.

I don’t know what the future holds for us here, but no one else in this world has more influence on the way this journey continues than we do. We plan to make the most of this literal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and inspired us and cheered us on! Thanks to our families and our friends back in the U.S. Thanks to you, my readers and followers and thanks to new friends near and far who have help guide and shape our journey.

You guys are amazing!… and I am grateful.


Valencia’s La Seu Cathedral

Time for Comments…

  • Are you on a journey?
  • Who inspires you?
  • What are you grateful for today?

I’d love to hear from you. Share your story in the Comments section with the TIC community!


5 Replies to “It’s Official: Spain’s Newest Resident”

  1. Hey Pooja! How are you? This is obviously, my first temporary residence card called the Tarjeta de Extranjera (TIE). It only took 5 weeks from application after securing a residence here in Valencia to pick up. This is about what we expected. I am assuming you are already an EU resident. Are you trying to get your resident card in Poland right now?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Lane. That’s actually really fast! I don’t have a permanent residence of EU yet, I would have if I didn’t change countries and got married in between haha. Yes I am waiting for my temporary card since December with no news!! It’s ridiculous how long the wait is over here. I heard that it’s because the number of foreigners shot up (mostly Ukrainians) so much in Poland in a short time that the limited staff and infrastructures can’t keep up with the massive number of applications.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: