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Resources for staying connected as an expat

Discussion with expats often center on staying connected as an expat. It’s not an easy task, but having a feeling of connectedness while abroad is a critical component of many people’s wellbeing. Here are a few things that I found that might be useful for you, too!...

Bookshelf: Supporting an Expat Life

I'm always on the lookout for new resources and ideas for working and living outside the US. I am amazed by the creative approaches that some people take to change their location while still making a living income and thriving. I recently ran across two books that...

Taxes for US Expats

Taxes for US Expats

Because I am not dead, I deal with taxes. Chances are, if you are reading this, you are still alive and paying taxes, too. I recently ran across a resource that may be helpful for my US friends living overseas. Tax season was especially difficult, and expensive, because there was no clear guide to all of the tax-related stipulations of living abroad. I recently ran across this book to address the challenges of being a taxpayer in the US…

Guest Post, Part 2: Beginning the Expat Life

In my last post, I mentioned that sometimes blogging can be a great way to share ideas and experiences with others. My friend Adam, who recently moved to Valencia, agreed to share some of his ideas. Here’s part two: ================= I don’t know much about Buddhism,...

Guest Post, Part 1: Beginning the Expat Life

In my last post, I mentioned that sometimes blogging can be a great way to share ideas and experiences with others. One of the people who contacted me through my blog was Adam, who was considering attending graduate school in Valencia. He agreed to write a post to...

Sharing the Expat Experience

This blog has been an interesting way to meet people, even after returning to the US. Due to my blog, I have spoken with some really interesting people who have dreamed of moving to Spain or Valencia. Some people are looking for a place to retire, some people are...

2018: Green Spaces

In a recent conversation with a friend, she commented on the amount of non-grassy or non-tree areas in my photos. Looking through my pictures, I have to agree that the green space is not as prominent as I feel it should be. While...

2018: Spring Day part 1

2018: Spring Day part 1

The days we were walking around Valencia provided a unique opportunity to enjoy springtime. Valencia is a pleasantly walk-able city, as I have mentioned before, and the abundance of sunlight and sheer number of different views of the city were a perfect vacation...

2018: I think I need a snack!

2018: I think I need a snack!

I guess I could be suffering from "vacation palate," where perhaps everything tastes better because of the locale. I could also be enjoying meals that others prepared, because NOT having to cook is a lovely seasoning to any meal. However, I very quickly fell back into...

2018: Overcast Beach Day

2018: Overcast Beach Day

Sometimes the beach cooperates and you have a great tale of sun-filled adventures spent playing beach volleyball, pretending to be a dolphin in the water, and relaxing with a chilly glass of sangria at a beachside bar. This is not one of those tales, gentle reader. To...

2018: A Whole Different View

2018: A Whole Different View

Upon occasion, I think it's a good idea to look at some slightly different views of any city. I'm not talking about the super-scenic or the tourist-laden attractions that most people see, but about the real life that is lived in the everyday streets. For this...

2018: Who brought the tourists?

2018: Who brought the tourists?

Way back in 2013, I wrote a post about the Water Court, or the Tribunal de las Aguas. I said it before, and I'll say it again: some things are worth seeing in person, even if they are not big, flashy events. Typically, the Water Court is something of an antiquated...

2018: Stroll in Xúquer

2018: Stroll in Xúquer

When people ask me about my choice of Valencia, I often respond with lots of flowery descriptions and commentary. It's the lifestyle, the people, the food, the variety of new places to visit. Really, it isn't just one of these things or even all of them. When I am in...

2018: Hello, friends!

2018: Hello, friends!

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to a much-deserved post from ValenciaAtLast.com. Yes, I know, it's been a couple of years since I last posted, but there are reasons for such a gap. Of course, work was one of those reasons. While I had high hopes for maintaining my...