Start Your FIRE Journey – Introduction: What Is FIRE?

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. [TL;DR for post series: Getting started in FIRE and investing is easy, even if you are not a U.S. Citizen.] You've just discovered this thing called FIRE... Financial Independence/Retire Early. It's new, it's exciting, it's very promising... ...but you're scared. You don't know anything …

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 …

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 …

The Church of Santa Lucia dei Magnoli – Florence, Tuscany, Italy

I love coming across old gems! We are here in Florence for the week. This is our very first time in Italy. The city is extremely photogenic with the Arno river flowing through it and the iconic architecture. I was out exploring today (as I am known to do) and came across a little-known historical …

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 …