This is a supplemental post to the one I did a few days ago that described a bit the unique neighborhood in which we live.
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A few posts back I mentioned we were filmed for a U.S. based television show late last year. Turns out it was for the popular HGTV program called House Hunters International. Our first airtime is Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30pm/9:30pm Central. All of our upcoming episodes can also be found here.
One of the reasons we picked to live where we do is because we wanted something different. A place where we weren’t a two-car family. A place where there is a strong sense of community. We wanted the ability to live like many Europeans where darn near everything you need on a daily basis is accessible by foot, or at worst, by bike. And boy did we get it.
As a follow-up to the last post that touched on our 4-day experience in Valencia for the Fallas celebration, I thought I’d include a few more photos of some of the more entertaining sculptures.
At the end, I’ve also embedded a video that I’m calling “Sounds of Las Fallas” to give you a sense of how festive the place is 24-hours a day. I didn’t include the actual footage of what I captured at 3:00 am each morning, but it really isn’t that different from most of these day shots.
Just about every town in Spain has a festival that it is known for. Some are more famous than others and the main attraction can vary dramatically. One thing that seems to be consistent across them all, however, is a party atmosphere with a focus on traditions during the day, and boozing and revelry throughout the night.
Pamplona has the San Fermin festival that is known for its Running of the Bulls. Cadiz hosts one of the country’s largest Carnival parties. And in Buñol, they have a messy tomato food fight in the streets called La Tomatina.
Valencia’s claim to fame are Las Fallas.
People have been asking about costs of everyday items where we live. I’ve been keeping receipts and thought I’d share what we pay for things while living in Granada, Spain.
Overall, we’re finding it very reasonable to live here. I suspect we’re in one of the cheaper areas of the country. I feel things in Granada are quite a bit less than bigger cities and high-traffic coastal towns in Andalucia. With that said, I also have seen that smaller, inland pueblos are even cheaper yet.
Last October when my parents were visiting, we jumped in a car and headed west. All the way to Spain’s most south-western coast along the Atlantic. We only had a long weekend and it certainly wasn’t long enough to take in all of charming Cádiz or the expansive, *sand* beaches along the coast.
So we’re about a half-year into our adventure and I’ve been keeping a list of “Spaniardisms” that have struck me as funny in the eyes of this North American.
One of the benefits of living in Europe is the close proximity to other countries. Over the winter holiday break, we spent a couple weeks visiting Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice. Here are my favorite photos from our New Year’s visit to this city on the lagoon.