November 29

Changes in direction


While I know it's been a while since I posted many things regularly (pretty much seven years!), I intend to resume a regular posting schedule. I have a long list of topics to cover, and I can't wait to share more about what it's like to live here in Valencia, Spain.

I started this blog in 2010? 2011? (I honestly can't remember) as a way to capture my experiences becoming an expat. Over time, this blog matured into something of a photo journal of my experiences. Now it needs to grow in another direction again, and cover new and different topics. Sure, there will probably be some photos along the way, but my focus will be more than just pictures.

So, gentle readers, what can you expect from this blog? I have a long list of topics to share in a wide variety of topics:


  • Becoming an expat
  • Learning Spanish as an expat
  • Cultural experiences in Valencia and in other Spanish cities
  • Practical advice for new and "emerging" expats, like shopping, the mail system, healthcare here in Spain
  • Comparing experiences in the US with experiences in Spain

These are pretty broad topics, and new ideas are emerging all the time. As you can imagine, it's been a journey getting here! In my conversations with other expats, I have found that there are common themes but every person's individual experiences will vary. On top of that, my first year here in Valencia was much more of a challenge this time around. If I can help someone else avoid some of the stress that I experienced, then I will be satisfied to continue to share this blog.

So, as I find my voice again in this blog, I hope you will continue to share this journey with me. If you know someone who is an expat or who is interested in expat living, please share my blog. And if you have a question that would be appropriate for the blog, let me know in the comment section below!



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  1. My wife & I are planning to move to Valencia from Florida in the Spring. Waiting for our Non-Lucrative Visa now. Looking forward to reading your blogs. We are wondering how Valencia deals with the energy shortage brought on by Putin's war. Also advice on finding a place to live (besides Idealista adds). Thanks!

    1. Hi, Mark, and thanks for reaching out. From what I can tell, there is not a noticeable difference related to energy use since we arrived here in October 2021. There is definitely support for the Ukraine here, but I have not seen any further related adjustments made by the Valencian community. As far as places to live, I suggest that you reach out to some of the realtors (inmobiliarios) that have posted the ads on Idealista. It really helps if you have narrowed down a neighborhood, because then you can look for rental agents and realtors that specialize in those areas and who speak English (if you are not conversant in Spanish yet). I can also recommend a specific person who helps people relocate to Valencia. I’ll send you a private email with her information.

      Best of luck with your move, and I hope to hear good things when you arrive!

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