There’s plenty to recommend Zaragoza, Spain’s fifth largest city, yet it barely registers on the international tourist meter. One reason why my nephew Peter and I just spent a couple days exploring the venerable city by the Ebro river.
Day Trippin’ – Destination Requena
After spending sunny January days roaming the streets of Valencia, Susan was ready to get out of town for a day. I had no objection, so we hopped aboard the Cercanias C3 train for the slow ride to Requena.
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 some days even the grocery store seemed mysterious. Our primary concern was to maintain our …
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 move successful. Easy and successful will be even better. Which is where our friends Linda Svilāne and Jānis Melderis come into the picture.
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 non-lucrative visas if it hadn’t popped up on our calendars.
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 de Valencia. We’ve captured our reactions both positive and negative in the following parallel stories.
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 what to me is a “big” city, let it be Valencia. The city supports the active lifestyle we crave…
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 their original language with Spanish subtitles. Suddenly, I had an epiphany. I was reading and understanding Spanish!
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 keep our cats from eating it down to the nubs. So, I decided we should plant some cat grass for them. Thus began another adventure in applied Spanish.
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 and first U.S. guest get a taxi in the middle of the night.
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 no more difficult than paying our monthly bills in the U.S. used to be.
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 find a rental home in Valencia.