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Four Months

Four Months

Four months ago, I arrived in Spain jet-lagged and overwhelmed. While the exhaustion from the jet lag has passed, being overwhelmed will continue to be a part of the expat life I have created for myself here in Valencia. It is amazing what a month can bring when I am...

Unexpectedly at Home

According to my original plans, I was supposed to be leaving today for Valencia. However, with my visa still pending, I am still gladly at home. Instead of being a bit angry or bitter, I have decided to take advantage of the extra six weeks with a sense of excitement....

Fumbling on the Visa

Well, gentle readers, I just spent two-and-a-half days on an unproductive venture to submit my visa paperwork. Here’s what I did wrong: I did not have enough financial information. At least a year’s worth of information needs to be included for a checking...

VISA Panic!

The world is strange. Bureaucracy is even stranger. While I am willing to throw caution to the wind in some carefully considered situations, I know that I must carefully managed other events in my life, or they will manage me. Consider, gentle reader, the concept of a...

One scary piece of paper

Well, today is a bit of a red-letter day. I am signing and submitting my form for long-term leave. In my current work environment, this is a bit of a safety net, although I am not sure why I think I need a safety net. After years of being very conservative while I was...