La Maroma

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“Hike tomorrow morning.  Room for 2 more.  Interested?”

This was a text I received from my expat buddy, Willie, who seems to always be in the know on such things.

Never mind that it was received at 8pm on Friday while out to dinner.

Or that my wife and I had just completed planning our busy Saturday – much of it separated ushering the boys from one activity to another.

Or that they were to depart in about 12 hours time.

Such is life in southern Spain.  You learn pretty quickly to just go with the flow.

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How to Obtain your Residence Visa once in Spain

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To review, there are four (4) main steps to obtaining a Residence Permit for Spain via a non-lucrative visa.  They are:

Step 1.  The Application (from the U.S.)

Step 2.  The Approval and Visa pickup (from the U.S.)

Step 3.  The Arrival (to Spain)

Step 4.  The Residence Card Pickup (in Spain)

If you are reading with great intent, it is probably because you’ve managed to get by Steps 1 and 2 and are preparing for (or recently started) your trip to Spain on some kind of long-term residence visa.  This post will cover Steps 3 and 4.

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Enchanting Córdoba

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We’ve had our fair share of family visitors lately.  When they spend several days with us, we tend to exhaust all of the most touristy things there is to see in Granada.  When that happens, we usually elect a day trip to our next favorite destination:  Córdoba.

Home to the Mezquita (Mosque) now turned Catholic Church, this remains one of my most favorite sites in all of Europe – right up there with the Alhambra and Sistine Chapel.

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Trompo Magic

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“Sorry guys.  We can’t buy that because we’ll be moving to Spain soon and don’t want to pay to put it in storage.  Why don’t you save your money for when we get there?”

I must have said these words every month for the year leading up to our move abroad.  Every time our boys received money for a birthday or holiday we’d go through the routine of establishing how much they would put to savings, how much to donate, and their remaining spending money.  Much to their chagrin, their savings and spending buckets had become one for the better part of a year.

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Catedral de Granada

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The hulking Granada Cathedral dominates the skyline when seen from the Alhambra.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

In the center of town sits the gigantic Granada Cathedral.  Unlike many of the other cathedrals in Spain, it wasn’t constructed until after the last Nasrid (Muslim) Dynasty surrendered to the Christian kingdoms in 1492.

In modern day Granada, it is somewhat awkwardly placed since it is difficult to get a straight on view of the front due to positioning of other buildings that overlap.  Out the front entrance is a rather diminutive plaza that hosts both many organized and impromptu gatherings – usually in the evening.

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Granada Graffiti

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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

I realize this online journal of mine is an abandoned mess.  I always thought that once we arrived in Spain and settled in, I’d have all kinds of time to jot down blog posts that capture the essence of our time here.  The problem is it has been quite the opposite.  I have more (fun) obligations than I know what to do with and unfortunately noting things down in this format just hasn’t been one of them.

Anyway, enjoy a few pictures of some amazing street art that I’ve come across the last month or two, often in the most unexpected areas of town.  For more pictures and small anecdotes, you can also follow along via my Facebook page.

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August 2014 Vignettes

Performers from around the globe converge on Edinburgh in August for Fringe Festival

Performers from around the globe converge on Edinburgh in August for Fringe Festival

August was vacation month.  The locals clear out of town to various locales, usually to either the beach or more northern climates.  The neighborhood gets really quiet with the exception of the tourists.  Lucky for us, we had planned to do the same.

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Spanish Residence Permit – Approval and Visa Pickup

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This post is long-overdue and the second part of rounding out the non-lucrative visa process for Spain while still in your home country of the U.S.

In my mind, there are four (4) main steps to obtaining a Residence Permit for Spain via a non-lucrative visa.  They are:

Step 1.  The Application (from the U.S.)

Step 2.  The Approval and Visa pickup (from the U.S.)

Step 3.  The Arrival (to Spain)

Step 4.  The Residence Card Pickup (in Spain)

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