September 17

Big Opportunities Come with Big Changes


Gentle readers, as I write this, I am making big plans in my life to take advantage of an opportunity that I could not pass up. As many of you already know, I work at home for a major educational publishing company, writing grants and developing other resources that rely on my experiences from previous work and life adventures. Currently, that job is online as a contractor, and I am very proud of my work and thankful for the opportunity to work virtually for almost two years.

That’s about to change. There is a new journey to begin.

I have accepted a position with the same company as a curriculum specialist in science and math in grades 9 through 12. It’s a position based in the US, with national coverage, so I will be traveling my own country for a change. I am very excited about the opportunity to support students and the teaching and learning process in new ways, and also excited to see more of the United States. This new job truly is a golden opportunity… but there is a price.

With a heavy heart, I am closing up my time here in Spain for now, although I have every intention of returning to Valencia. My experiences here are not over, and I have so much more I want to see in this amazing country. The last [almost] two years have been a significant growth experience for me, and I have made amazing friends here in Valencia. While I don’t know what the future will hold, I do know that Spain is an important part of my history and want it to be a place that I can call home again.

Gentle readers, for you faithful followers, I am definitely not done with this blog. It may change, it may be filled with different kinds of posts, but it is first a journal of my travels and experiences. If it can encourage others to explore like I have, then I will have succeeded in sharing the joy of learning about a new culture.

I still have a few posts left to write about Valencia, so stay tuned. This ride isn’t over yet!


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  1. Good luck with your new position. We are on the eve of a trip to Spain where we will spend the majority of the trip just South of Valencia near the beach. This will be our first trip to evaluate Spain as our retirement location.

    Steve & Mariana

  2. Congratulations, Christopher!! Wow! On to new adventures! Can’t wait to hear about the next chapter in your life! Enjoy, and I look forward to your next post.

  3. Congratulations on your new job! This is such a wonderful opportunity for you. Change is difficult, but so refreshing. I look forward to hearing more about your U.S. adventures.


  4. I hope your next adventure is as delightful as all of the others! I have appreciated so much seeing your photos and reading your posts – a nice link while I’ve been away from Valencia. Congratulations!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer, for the encouragement! I am so glad you have enjoyed my blog. I don’t know what it will become in the future, but keep following!

  5. Hi Chris! Your adventures are inspiring! And while I know you are sad to leave Valencia and all of your friends and family there, I have to tell you that I’m so excited that you’ll be closer, at least for awhile! And I can’t wait to welcome you back with lots of hugs!! Have a great time while you’re still there and I can’t wait to see you!

    1. Hey, Kris, and thanks. I will definitely be in touch! Tell the folks there I said hello, especially Honey! Speak to you soon!

  6. Looking forward to seeing you very soon. I am very excited for you and the new adventure you are about to undertake.

  7. Sounds like all good news! Very happy for you! Safe travels coming back to the states!!

  8. Almost 2 years, it seems like just yesterday you were practicing Spanish with Hortensia in preparation for you move to Valencia. I have enjoyed “exploring” Spain with you and look forward to more adventures with Christopher. Best of luck with the new job and welcome back to the states.

    1. I know… the time has flown by. I’m so glad you have enjoyed the posts… I have definitely enjoyed writing them! 🙂

  9. Congtatulations! Looking forward to reading the further adventures of Christopher Wells.

  10. WOW! Congratulations! Home again, home again. Seems like just yesterday I was following your adventures to get a visa…

    Welcome Home! Keep in touch and come visit your pals in Atlanta.

    1. Don’t worry, as soon as I can catch my breath from my travels, we will be talking soon! Thanks for the welcome!

  11. Adventure for sure! I’m so glad you’ll be able to continue here in the US! The song from Bye Bye Birdie says it best – “I’ve got a lot of livin’ to do!” Congratulations!!

    1. I can’t believe it’s been a month already. I’m still in a little bit of “change shock” but glad to be busy and working with some great people. Hope we can talk in person soon!

  12. Well, I am late to the party but it sounds like you’ve had a great two years. Best of luck in your new venture!

    1. Thanks! It has been a wild ride the last month, and I apologize for the late reply, but I can only handle so many spinning plates at once 🙂

      The blog is still going to continue, but I am trying to find the best new focus for my creative attention… stay tuned!

    1. Perhaps I have, Jimmy, perhaps I have. Would I even notice if I had been assimilated? :-0

  13. So funny to find another cwells. My wife and are planning to move to Valencia from Phoenix, Arizona. And guess what, my wife is a grant writer for nonprofit organizations.

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