Why Spain? Why now?

“You moved here during the pandemic?” a fellow expat asked me the other day.

“Well, yes,” I said. We were sitting in the Turia –a park that winds its way through the center of Valencia, Spain.

“Why did you choose to come now?” she asked. Having been asked this question at least twenty times in the last seven weeks, you would think my answer is honed. But I dip in and out of various reasons depending on my audience.  . .

A Dream Deferred

“My husband and I have always wanted to live abroad,” I often start. “Somewhere in Europe. And I don’t mean to generalize — I know that ‘Europe’ is an entire continent. But basically, I was thinking France or Italy and he was thinking Germany or Portugal.” My conversation partner laughs.

“So how did you end up in Spain?”

“When we started looking into which country would be easiest to get a visa, Spain won. Well, actually, Portugal would have been easier. But I didn’t want to learn Portuguese. . . And I get that not everyone who moves abroad wants to learn the language, but I do.”

The “United” States

“So when did you decide you were actually going to make the move?”

“When they invaded the Capitol,” I answer, matter-of-factly. “I don’t really care what anyone’s politics are. The problem for us is that the US is so divisive anymore–you’re either on my side or you’re not, and if you’re not, I don’t like you and can’t talk to you. We know the politics here aren’t ideal, but it’s not about the politics. It’s about people being able to talk to each other in a civilized manner.”

No matter what country my conversation partner is from, they understand this sentiment.

The Unexpected Silver Lining of COVID

“So what do you do for work?” they ask.

“Well, I was a teacher,” I say. The person with whom I am speaking immediately comforts and consoles. “I left my job and started an online math tutoring business,” I explain. “My husband has worked remotely for twenty years. So this is the first time we can both live wherever we want. So here we are.”

“And what made you choose Valencia?” they ask. Ah. The million dollar question. Which will be answered for free. Tomorrow.

Why Valencia? Here’s a hint.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. bill545 says:

    Great post Rebecca, love the picture!

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  2. Barbara Winter says:

    Hola,

    The Valencia where you live is much prettier than the Valencia where I live. Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventures.

    Cheers, Barbara

    On Sun, Aug 15, 2021 at 7:10 AM RenaissanceRebecca wrote:

    > renaissancerebecca posted: ” “You moved here during the pandemic?” a > fellow expat asked me the other day. “Well, yes,” I said. We were sitting > in the Turia –a park that winds its way through the center of Valencia, > Spain. “Why did you choose to come now?” she asked. Having b” >

    1. I’ve thought of you often! When I google for things here in Valencia, I always have to specify the one in Spain, not the one in California:)

  3. Dom Bonavolonta says:

    I want more! I love reading your stories.

    As you know, I have wanted to live abroad for a very long time. My country of choice would be New Zealand, but unfortunately, I believe that ship has sailed. And yes, the attack on the Capital Building on January 6th just supercharged my desire to live someplace for a while. Chris and I are negotiating. It looks like Vancouver Island, British Columbia is in the lead. I’m pushing for a long trip like you guys are taking, but even just 3 months next summer during Chris’ break from school would be nice.

    Keep living the dream, and keep writing!

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    1. More tomorrow:)
      Ah. . . what great fun to figure out where in the world one wants to go! Michael and I have New Zealand on our list as well. . . go ahead–start small. Just start:)

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