Why Spain?

As a recently retired American expat living in Spain, it is one of the most frequent questions I get. Of all the places in the world, why did we choose to move to Spain? Why not stay in sunny San Diego? Why not retire to Arizona or Florida? Why not Mexico or Costa Rica or …

Highlights from Florence, Italy

Last month we took a week to visit Italy for the first time. We chose Florence as our introduction to Italy. Florence was a compromise since over-touristed places like Rome or Venice are not generally not my idea of a good time. We flew from Valencia, Spain, where we now live permanently, to Bologna then …

The Best Thing About Early Retirement in Spain…

... is I can ride whenever the f*ck I want! Today was not the best ride, not the longest ride, but I got out there. Lane's Inspirational Quote du Jour: It's not whether you succeed or fail, it's whether or not you tried! I wasn't 'feeling it' when I got on the bike. The wind …

The Street Art of El Carmen: Episode 2

Yesterday was a holiday here in Valencia. We celebrate the Nou d'Octubre, (9th of October) as The Region of Valencia Day, the day in 1238 when King Jaume I liberated the city of Valencia from Moorish rule. Most people had the day off. Only bars and restaurants were open (says a lot about what Valencianos …

Florence’s Hidden Gems: Food

[This post is Episode 1 of a multi-part series on Florence, Italy.] Traveling to Italy? Florence, Italy ('Firenze' in Italiano) has some amazing hidden gems,... and I'll help you discover them! If you are like me, you usually avoid cities that are over-touristed. I was leery of Dubrovnik for this reason. I like to find …

Nou d’Octubre: A Celebration of Valencia

This week we celebrate Nou d’octubre, the day King Jaume I liberated Valencia from Moorish rule in 1238. Celebrations around the city include parades through the historic city centre (where we live), live music, food, fireworks (always fireworks in Valencia!) and at least 9 gorgeous historical buildings now used as government buildings are temporarily open …