Best Mexican Restaurants in Valencia

Good Mexican food is difficult to find in Valencia, Spain. It is not a natural fit for Spain. Spaniards generally don't enjoy spicy food. And, I think, many of the typical ingredients for traditional Mexican food are not available in this part of the world. One of the things we miss most about California is …

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Moving to Spain as an American: What I Wish I Knew

Are you an American thinking about moving to Spain? Whether you are moving for work, to retire abroad (like us) or to soak up Spanish culture on a sabbatical or a gap year, we would like to share our experiences. Avoid our mistakes Learn our top challenges and how to avoid them Learn our top …

The Palace of Versailles

On a business trip to Paris in June 2018, I took the opportunity to visit the Palace of Versailles. The opulent 17th-century palace is located about 17 kilometers southwest of Paris. It was the royal residence from the late 1600s to the late 1700s right up until the French Revolution. If you'd like to go …

The One Change I Found Difficult to Embrace

I have made a lot of massive changes in my life recently, however, one surprising change has been more difficult than all the others. At this stage in my life, I don't fear change... I embrace it. Until 5 years ago, I was generally shy and introverted and while you won't see me speaking in …

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! 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 …

3 Ways to Beat the Heat in Valencia

The summer is heating up here in Valencia. The temperatures have reached the mid-30's but it is the humidity that we are getting used to. Temperatures in San Diego are comparable, but we are not accustomed to the humidity. The AC in the apartment has been getting quite a workout. There are many ways to …

Foto del Día: Edificio de Correos, Valencia

I went to the Post Office today to post a few cards to family back in the U.S. As are many government buildings here in Spain, it turned out to be a destination. The Edificio de Correos (Post Office building) here in Valencia sits right on Placa de l'Ajuntament (Town Hall Plaza), one of the …

Foto del Día: Valencia Cathedral in the Sun

So much content, so little time. I feel like I have so much in terms of content to write about, images to use and places and things to write about in my newly adopted city. I am privileged. Valencia is overflowing with beauty, and I am so grateful to call her my home, but it …

Discover Valencia’s Ancient History for the Price of a Gelato!

More than 2,200 years of Valencia's history can be found in this tiny museum behind the Cathedral of Valencia. It is called the Centre Arqueològic de l'Almoina and it contains ruins and artifacts from Valencia's rich past including its Roman, Visigoth and Moorish periods from 2,200 B.C. to about 1,000 A.D. I found it fascinating …

The Street Art of El Carmen: A Visual Journey

If there is one thing that El Barrio del Carmen is known for it is street art. The street art here is pervasive. It can be found on every block. You have to accept it as part of the community... an expression of the heart and soul of this barrio. About the only surface I …