Three Years in Valencia, Spain

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We chose Valencia because it offers so many opportunities: wonderful public transportation, safe and easy walking, culture and nearby nature. You name it, the city ticks nearly every box for retired urban living.
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The Circus Comes to Town

Early one morning we came across a small circus set up at the marina. The Raluy Legacy circus had come…

Jamie

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Joy is Good Enough

With time looking both more precious due to the pandemic and more endless during the recent lockdown,  I decided to…

Susan

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“Start Where You Are Today”

First thing each morning Susan and I head out to the Royal Gardens.  A morning walk with exercise is our…

Jamie

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The Importance of Small Pleasures

We resurfaced from the Covid-19 confinement of nearly two months with a renewed appreciation and soft spot in our hearts…

Susan

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How to Get a Digital Signature in Valencia, Spain

We’re up for our second visa renewal this year.  When I reached out for advice from our good friends at…

Jamie

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Deja Vu High School

As I sat down to write this post it dawned on me that it has been 50 years since I…

Jamie

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Before the Sun: A Photo Project

My project wasn’t to create a portfolio of publication quality photos. I really just wanted to get myself to reclassify…

Jamie

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Six Jam Packed Days at VaughanTown, Gredos

It’s early on a cold Sunday morning in Madrid. We join a group assembling on the street, half Spaniards, half…

Jamie

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Spanish – English Conversation Exchanges: The Struggles, the Joys, and the Beauty

When we planned our Spain move people repeatedly made two comments, “You’re so lucky to be immersed in the language…

Susan

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Cycling Spain’s Via Verde Ojos Negros

Spain’s vias verdes are cycling and hiking trails that have been developed along abandoned rail lines.  The longest of them…

Jamie

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An Independent, Family Owned Insurance Agency That’s Expat Friendly

Julija Roslova, English speaking associate, and Ángel Giron Descalzo, Technical Director. We just had our annual insurance review.  I can’t…

Susan

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Private Language Study with Elisa Valero, a Remarkable Teacher

We haven’t mastered Spanish yet, but 90 percent of the progress we have made has been with the consistent and…

Jamie

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A Quick Note on Renewing Your Padron de Habitantes in Valencia

After being in Spain for about two years, you’re going to get a letter from the Ayuntamiento that you probably…

Jamie

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Volunteering at Vaughan Day Town

Jamie and I just volunteered for the first time in Spain. Woohoo! We’ve been waiting for our Spanish to reach…

Susan

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A Friendly English/Spanish Conversation Group with Maria Hidalgo

One of the reasons we decided to live in Spain was to meet new people and learn the language. One…

Jamie

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How to Get a Senior Bus Pass in Valencia

The Bono Oro bus pass is for those of us over 65, pensioners and disabled people. It allows unlimited use…

Jamie

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Short Trips from Valencia: Zaragoza by Train

There’s plenty to recommend Zaragoza, Spain’s fifth largest city, yet it barely registers on the international tourist meter. One reason…

Jamie

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Day Trippin’ and More: Destination Teruel

Teruel is the smallest regional capital in Spain. So you might think that we’d run out of things to see…

Susan & Jamie

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Day Trippin’ – Destination Requena

After spending sunny January days roaming the streets of Valencia, Susan was ready to get out of town for a…

Jamie

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Using Our Tarjetas Doradas on Cercanias Trains

The Tarjeta Dorada, or Gold Card, provides reduced fares on Spanish trains for those over 60 or the disabled. We…

Susan

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Flipo en Verde – A Zero Waste Shop in Valencia

During our first months in Spain, we struggled just to find certain products.  Our language skills weren’t very good, so…

Susan & Jamie

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Our Friends at Moving to Valencia: A Business Review

You’ve decided that you are moving to Valencia. And you want to understand just what is going to make that…

Susan & Jamie

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Our Lesson in the Orchard: Paella de Verduras

We’ve been living in Valencia, the home of paella, for more than a year now.  During that time we have…

Jamie

Exploring Europe

We came to Valencia with five pets, four senior cats and Lizzie (the best dog ever), so our travel adventures during the three years we spent in Europe were necessarily brief.
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Short Trips

We explored the area around Valencia on short trips, usually by bicycle or train, occasionally by bus.  It is totally possible to explore  Spain without a car.
Short Trips From Valencia