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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Renewing Our Non-lucrative Visas in Valencia

Our first year of retirement living in Valencia, Spain passed so quickly, we might not have remembered to renew our…

Jamie

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Our Whirlwind Month of Intensive Spanish

We each signed up for our own month long intensive Spanish class at the Centro de Idiomas de la Universdad…

Susan & Jamie

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Valencia is Good for Our Active Lifestyle

After nearly a year in Valencia, I’m still not fond of urban living. But, if I have to live in…

Jamie

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Adventures in Applied Spanish – El Ciné

I was watching a movie at a local Ciné just a few blocks from my house. They show movies in…

Susan

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We Pause a Moment When Old Pets Die

Our home is diminished. Death’s shade has me observing our surviving pets a little more closely and appreciating each we…

Susan

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Adventures in Applied Spanish – Buying Cat Grass

After adding a pot of Mexican Feather Grass to our Valencia terrace (at a very dear price), we struggled to…

Susan

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Me Taxi, Go Airport

When living abroad minor obstacles can loom larger than they should. That’s how I felt trying to help my friend…

Susan

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Our Simple Approach to Banking in Spain

t took me a couple of months and a few mistakes to figure things out, but today our banking is…

Jamie

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Finding a Rental Home in Valencia, Spain

Dreaming of living in Valencia? Before you pack your bags, take a few moments to consider what it takes to…

Susan & Jamie

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President Trump and Americans Abroad

President Trump’s Immigration Policy Didn’t Resonate in Spain.While we were on a trip to Valencia, Spain to check out our…

Susan & 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