Each night, we sit in our living room and have a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. While it is dark, off in the distance we see lights passing by. These are often cruise ships or some other type of ship making their way from one place to another. It is also symbolic of our daily life and our travel lifestyle.
I have noticed that many things we use and or purchase in Spain just don’t last as long; it could be that we are buying on the cheap or the quality just isn’t the same.
Take shoes for example, we have to buy Lars and Anya shoes every 2-3 months. Now this isn’t because their feet are growing so fast. No, it’s because they wear through their shoes like there is no tomorrow. I am talking holes in the toes or on the sole of their shoe. I am not sure if it is the quality of the shoe that is the problem, or are the kids just far more active than they were in the US? Perhaps it is a combo of both, but this trend of things wearing out spans to other areas for us as well, like our Spanish appliances.
We have been living in our great town of Almuñécar for just over 16 months. I often refer to it as our “little town” or “small village”, but it actually has a population of about 30,000. To me that is small, as I come from bigger cities like San Francisco, London, and Raleigh suburbs. Either way we stick out like a sore thumb, as we are the strange American family that always wears shorts. I guess you could say that has “tourist” written all over it, but I think they are really saying “Are they nuts?!”. Other than that we kind of just blend in with the rest of the people in our day-to-day routines. Continue reading
Today is Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) in the United States. Thanksgiving is traditionally a day of giving thanks for the harvest and the preceding year. Though many of our readers and friends aren’t from the USA, there are still many celebrations and festivals when one gives thanks. From what I have read, In Canada every October they too celebrate a day of thanks for the harvest (Our Canadian friends can keep us honest on this one and tell us more in the comments).
We are officially entering an Adventure contest!
A friend of ours nominated us to take part in the Adventure contest put on by Southern Cross Travel Insurance. The concept is simple: write a post showcasing a photo collage showing casing what Adventure means to us. Hoping for that grand prize of $2000!
What Does Adventure Mean To You? Continue reading
Announcing our first eBook
Live In Spain – Resident Visa Application Tips and Tricks
When we first decided to move and become an expat in Spain, nearly 2 years ago, we did plenty of online research to learn what we needed to do to make this happen. We knew we didn’t want to just visit for a few months and be a tourist. We wanted to Live in Spain!
Phew! The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of visitations. We have made new friends, visited with some long-term friends and family too. I don’t think we have talked this much in months. Now it is back to our normal routine in Spain and it feels a little quiet. So as I am thinking of all those we have visited recently, a song I learned in girl scouts keeps ringing in my head about friends. Continue reading
Once we made the decision to remain in Spain, beyond our planned 1 year, it was time to apply for a Resident Card Renewal. At the time of our decision, it was near the end of May and we knew we were going to be out of the country from the end of June through sometime in August on our Summer Road Trip. We did our research on the renewal process and it seemed to be very straight forward, but we knew better. Now that we have lived in Spain for a year, we know that Spain seems to love Red Tape!
Isn’t this image adorable? Alan made it!
Moving overseas can be a very exciting prospect, but it definitely requires some solid planning. Many people have a romanticized idea of moving to another country and although the experience will be full of wonderful new adventures, it will not be always be easy or even pleasant. Moving overseas is challenging and sometimes just plain hard work, especially in the preparation stages.