Yes, life in Valencia is still fantastic. Amazing in fact. I know I’ve been MIA for a long time. I just haven’t felt like blogging. Lately, I have just been posting on Facebook, Instagram, and some TikTok.
Why have l been tired of blogging? I have no idea. Well, maybe a little. I think the major reason has been the boredom of blogging, to be honest. I haven’t had the need to go chasing the numbers and, reach, and, all the other things that come with running a website.
Life in Valencia is still fantastic: Yes, it is!
I’d always done it for fun, and to cover the hosting costs. Lately, that hasn’t even happened :-), so…even though I’ve always said when it started to feel like work, I’d stop. I find that I just can’t quit it entirely, so I will recycle some posts as well as post new ones.
I was also a bit more active on the other website that is Valencia focused. Now, though, even that passion is weakened. The reason is that Valencia has now become so popular with expats and tourists, I don’t need to shout it out from the rooftops. If you haven’t read about it, here are my feelings about that.
Prior to the love that’s been showered on the city by all the magazines, there were probably three of four bloggers and/or vloggers that wrote about the city. Now, there are more than 1,001 :-). They can say and show it better than me.
We haven’t slowed down on traveling either even though it seems like it. This year alone, we had a two-week trip to the north of Spain in January and we visited several wonderful cities like Zaragosa which reminded me of Salamanca. San Sebastian was great too, but very pricy.
Next was another two-week trip to Italy that I dubbed Mangiapalooza. We stuffed ourselves from Turin to Parma to Modena and ended up in Bologna. Yeah, We ate a lot :-).
After that came a week in Palma de Mallorca, a place that reminded me so much of Valencia. It was a great trip too, and the weather was awesome most of the days. Our first day sucked. It was the most rain they’d had in years…haha!
We spent two weeks of the last month in London and that was excellent. We got to catch up with family and enjoy our favorite city and we finally saw Wicked. I liked it more than I thought I would.
Between all that, we’ve gone about our quiet lives, enjoying what the city has to offer. My Spanish class ended in June and I’m still undecided if I want to do it again. The school only offers basic and conversation classes and I might have had my fill.
I joined a language exchange group and I like it a lot. I hang out with friends and find new places to eat, such as a new and amazing bbq place in the city that brought back Houston feels. I saw the show “Tina” recently that was direct from London.
The view from the very first row was amazing. My friend hadn’t checked the tickets properly and we thought we were in the nosebleed section because the price was reasonable. That was a nice surprise.
We lost our old lady Bella about three months ago. She has gone to join Sky on the Rainbow Bridge. They lived great lives and enriched ours a lot. She lasted just four months without him.
She was 15+ as well. We will not be replacing them at this point. For me, it’s 31 years that I’ve had pets and even though it feels weird not having any now, we’ll get used to it eventually.
The weather has been hot here. Most days it’s been hotter than Seville, incredible as that sounds. It has flipped completely the other way and some days, I wonder why we left there…haha! The humidity makes it worse.
So, there’s our lives in a nutshell. After five years plus here, life continues to be awesome. I’m happy to say life in Valencia is fantastic and normal, and, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
I hope all has been well with you too.