Day Trip to Alicante and Guadalest

One of the things I most love about living in Valencia is the number of free or affordable things to do! We have dozens of incredible museums (running the gamut from art, history, science, curiosities, etc.) most of which charge 2 euros. And if that doesn't fit your budget, just wait until Sunday when it …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …