Author: Peter Kleid

It Takes a (Spanish) Village

I recently stumbled upon an article entitled “Spain’s 30 Most Beautiful Villages” from the Spanish newspaper El Pais. The paper’s readers selected from a list of 250 towns with populations under 10,000. I have no idea how scientific this poll was, but judging by the photos I’ve Googled for each of the 30 winners, I can’t…

By Peter Kleid December 7, 2018 Off

It Never Rains in Valencia, and Other Lies

The check’s in the mail. Big Foot is roaming the mountains of Oregon. It never rains in Valencia. These statements are all false, and you should not believe them regardless of the passion with which they are communicated. Here is what you should do about each of them: insist on cash; visit Oregon, but lower…

By Peter Kleid November 24, 2018 Off

You Say Xabia, I Say Javea

When we filled out the “Destination City” box on our Spanish visa forms, there wasn’t enough space to write “we will travel around Spain and pick a city once we really know the country and have seen our options, so we’ll get back to you on that”. Instead we wrote “Valencia”. So far that seems…

By Peter Kleid November 3, 2018 Off

Valencia, Spain: Day 1

Well, we moved to Valencia as planned, and here’s the proof. Not that we need to prove it to you, dear and faithful reader; we need to prove it to ourselves. When you plan and think about something for three years and then you actually do it, it’s a little hard to believe that the…

By Peter Kleid September 14, 2018 Off