It is a rainy morning in Paris and the hubby and kids have gone to the local boulangerie for the morning bread and pastries, giving me time to reflect on the past week since our departure from Sydney. As we passed through numerous airport terminals and the scenery changed before us, we have been continuously … More The road so far!
Here we go! Tomorrow is D-Day. We are off on a one-year adventure. We designed this trip in our hearts and minds and now we finally get to live it. Although the name of our blog is “Our Year in Spain”, prior to our arrival in Spain we have planned a two month trip to retrace our … More The Way to Spain
Have you ever had a song stuck on repeat in your head? For me at the moment it’s the 80’s anthem “The Final Countdown” by Europe. Despite being a relic from a former time, the song is a fitting choice as we count down the days until our year away in Europe. A year-long adventure that had … More The Final Countdown…
This story begins in the mid 1990’s when, as a fresh faced 21-year-old university graduate, I embarked on a gap year in Europe. The initial summer months were spent swanning about Italy and France with exchange student friends at their family holiday houses, followed by backpacking across Greece and Turkey. When the cold weather finally … More Moving to Spain…again, 17 years later
We’ve hit the 100-day (3 months) mark in the countdown to our big year abroad. Suddenly this crazy idea is becoming a reality and is beginning to alter our thoughts and actions. Chris Stewart sums up the feeling beautifully in his book “Driving Over Lemons” which is a story about packing up and moving to … More 100 days of firsts and lasts
I recently had a conversation with some friends visiting from the United States. One of their overwhelming experiences from travelling in Australia was the genuine and trusting nature of Australians who, they observed: “were interested to help in any way and also to know us as individuals. There is an openness and trust that is … More The overwhelming kindness of others
Firstly, I have to say that this is not an ad for airbnb although I am an enormous fan of this relatively recent phenomenon in travel. airbnb is an online platform that allows people to rent out their homes or rooms to visitors from other parts of their country or the world. For those planning … More The world according to airbnb…
Decisions, decisions, decisions… Once you decide to pull up your roots and remove yourself from all the things that are known to you, the options and choices are suddenly numerous. When you are no longer tethered to the obligations and joys of history and community, the choices are wide open. And so, as we begin … More The Paralysis of Choice
Granada here we come… soon! It has been decided… we are going to live in Granada, Andalucía for one year. Despite never having set foot in this city, Granada has consistently come out on top of the “preferred places to live in Spain” list when tested against our criteria: A small/ medium city with a significant local … More Granada – Nos vemos pronto!
I have become obsessed with Europe and we still have 9 whole months to wait until our departure… Yes, it’s true, I am a planner and researcher and I have become obsessed with planning our year in Spain that is still 9 months away. It has led to great frustration in our household because I … More Something strange is happening to me