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Spain

Discovering Love in Barcelona

Gaudi's Rooftop Guards of La Pedrera in Barcelona

I found an old love in Barcelona. I stumbled upon him with my 7-year-old daughter. It was our Mommy Daughter Day, one of those days when my husband and I split up and each take a daughter to explore. She suggested we return to Le Pedrera and brave the line.

Paella

Best Paella Ever

This was the best paella ever in a year of sampling many in Spain. It was made from scratch by a local fisherman for a long Spanish lunch with new friends.

Picture Javea, Spain

First Picture of Javea Spain

For eight months, my family called Javea, Spain home. Near Valencia, Javea is a wonderful combination of beach and port town, surrounded by mountains and a countryside of oranges and olives. See some of our pictures here.

Spain’s El Gordo Lottery

Ticket for El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery

The man at the folding table was there each morning in front of the bar as I walked past on my way to Spanish class. At first I paid him little attention, but as he was faithfully there each day, I eventually noticed that he was selling lottery tickets. The window advertised, “Jugamos con el numero 34802.”

Where to Live in Spain?

Where to Live in Spain?

Once we decided to move our family to Spain for a year, we then had the fun and difficult task of figuring out where! With four towns in the Malaga and Valencia areas on our short list, we rented houses in each for several weeks, planning to use the summer months to determine which we liked best. Come see where we chose!

Three Kings Celebration in Spain

Three Kings in Javea, Spain

Christians in Spain celebrate the eve of Epiphany each January 5th, when tradition says the three kings brought gifts to the infant Jesus. The festivities continue today with the tres reyes arriving in town, by boat or donkey, horse or camel, and parading through the streets.

The Turkey Head

Turkey Head and All for Thanksgiving

When it’s Thanksgiving morning in Spain and you open up the bag of turkey giblets, and there is the head staring out at you, are you supposed to boil it up too with the heart and liver and neck? I wondered.

Las Fallas Festival

Young Falleras in Las Fallas Procession in Valencia, Spain

Pictures from the Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. This annual fiesta is held each March to celebrate the unique heritage and spirit of Valencianos. See pictures of the fallas, bullfights, processions and mascleta.

Quaint Gaucin Village House

Gaucin Village House

This is our first rental house in a Spanish village, and I have been looking forward to finally experiencing the nooks and crannies of these houses we’ve been walking by on the steep Spanish streets. Find out more about my real experience in Gaucin, Spain.

Travel Travails of Single-Parenting

Main Street of Gaucin Spain

We had been in the quaint little Spanish village of Gaucin for a week, my two young daughters and I. The anxiety I felt caught me completely off guard. What was I thinking, being in a foreign country where I knew no one, didn’t speak the language, and had two young children?!

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