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 …

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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 …

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 …

Our New Neighborhood: El Carmen: A Visual Journey

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. But we have just about completed our move to Spain. We have been here in Valencia for about 3 weeks. We have been staying pretty busy managing all of the bureaucracy that comes with a move abroad... finalizing our residency visa here in Spain, registering …

Take Action

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." -- Benjamin Disraeli. I almost cried just now... but I stopped myself. Walking down the waterfront Riva in Vis Town for the final time, with all our physical possessions pulled along in a couple of suitcases, getting ready to board the ferry …

Sea, Sunshine and Salty Goodness in Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia

Last Friday we ventured over to the other side of Vis to the second largest town on the island, Komiža. When some fellow-travelers from Vienna described Komiža as even smaller than Vis Town, I didn't think that could be possible. Turns out, I was wrong. Komiža, at last census, had less than 1,400 residents. Its …

Living in Europe: Just Weeks Away

It is still difficult to believe we are here. Only one small hurdle stands between us and our (read "my") 5-year plan to retire and live in Europe. I am grateful to have a significant other who is willing to indulge me my dream. We have gathered and submitted all the paperwork for the residence …

Top 5 Non Schengen Countries in Europe to Visit

March 1, 2018, San Diego, CA, Lane Beck This awesome list contains my Plan B, Plan C and Plan D! Always have a backup for your backup. Not yet sure which destinations correspond to which plan, but that is part of the adventure! _______________________ A list of our favourite non schengen countries in Europe to …

A few things to know before moving to Madrid – No Longer Native

Turns out I brought along some old assumptions to my new life in Madrid. Take a look at five surprises I've had while settling down in my new city. Source: A few things to know before moving to Madrid - No Longer Native