Valencia is a city to fall in love with. It's not love at first site, granted, but a growing love that makes you feel connected. It's not like Barcelona or Sevilla, filled with antigua that draws people from everywhere to visit in awe. Valencia is a place you can live. You can find a regular doctor, go to yoga in the park, walk the Turia river with everyone else that lives here, find a favorite cafe, and get behind the local futbol team.
I am sitting amidst the grasses on the Playa de Rodiles watching my children, Carson and Celia take a surfing lesson on a glorious day, even though the temperatures may not rise above 60 degrees. It doesn't seem to matter in Northern Spain, where it doesn't really warm up for very long during the year. Their instructor, Pablo, owns and operates the Special Surf surfing school. Pablo is not only amazing with kids, but is a professional surfer. He and a few others teach a successful surfing camp during the summers and private lessons in the spring and fall. During the winter he supplements his income by teaching yoga and pilates. He chooses to stay here because it is the place of the biggest wave in Spain, which is highest during the winter months. He has a
We began our northern road trip by trading in the mini we have been using all year for a regular size car. Although a mini is the prominent car in Spain and has served us well for our short trips and school pick-ups, it is difficult when you have one child that is bigger than both parents. So, to everyone's relief, we upgraded for our 8 hour drive to northern Spain. We began with a drive through the La Rioja Wine Region. The land is still flat for the most part, and the colors of the earth are brown and light green.
As the wind whips our hair up into the sky and the whitecaps fill the usually calm harbor of Maó, I am grateful for the idyllic charm of the Jardi de ses Bruixes Hotel on the island of Menorca. The white washed and stone interior, with high airy ceilings, blue highlights, and country decor, make it an ideal place to hang our hat during cooler weather. The food is exquisite and made from scratch.
Sally and her family moved to Spain for a year from July 2017 - July 2018. They lived in a little town called Puzol, which is about 20km north of Valencia. Her kids, Carson and Celia, attended the American School of Valencia, an International School located in Puzol. The goal for the whole family was to experience another way of life, and learn Spanish.