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 …

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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 …

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 …