By choice, I have been out of paid work since May of 2012 and Alan has been since July 2012. Yes, that is when we quit our fantastic corporate jobs and sold almost all of our belongings. That is when we decided we were going to temporarily “retire”, take a sabbatical, a mini retirement and have the life of leisure. Oh yes, and we were going to up and move to Spain too, to enjoy life. It was our dream to once again live overseas and we knew we had to take destiny into our own hands to make it happen. That is when many people thought we were crazy to give up our home, our security our storybook suburban life.
August 26, 2012 – We sold it all, each packed up a suitcase and back pack and moved to Spain!
If there is one thing that we’ve learned from living in Spain for 16 months, it’s that the Spanish love to celebrate. It seems the smallest of occasions are reason to celebrate, as well as the standard world-wide events such as New Year’s Eve. And when there is a celebration in Spain, it’s usually coupled with plenty of fireworks. The best fireworks we have ever seen were here in Almuñécar last August, celebrating Fiesta de la Virgen de la Antigua. A full 25 minutes of professional, crazy sparks with music and amazing effects. We took a video and cut it down to about 8 minutes, which happens to be one of our most popular videos on our YouTube Channel. Continue reading →
So I am sure some of you are asking, “What the heck is a Schengen Visa?” While others are well aware of it and the limitations. Just to be brief the Schengen Visa is an agreement between 25 countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members). A Schengen Visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. So how did we manage to stay in Spain, a member of the Schengen Zone, the entire year without a Schengen Visa? 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).
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!
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 →
Spain and the laid back “mañana” lifestyle attracts many tourists but it also attracts people who find themselves wishing to leave behind their own stressful culture in the hope of finding something better. Continue reading →
There is plenty to do and see in the beautiful country of Spain. There are awesome cities to visit, villages to explore, great festivals to attend and gorgeous beaches to get that golden tan. A Spanish vacation, if planned appropriately, can be the best time of your life. The country is absolutely mesmerizing and eventful. Continue reading →
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