Month: August 2016

3031 Miles (Glen)

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Julie got her passport more than three weeks ago.  Remember this pic of her?  She looks happy, doesn’t she? Standing there…smiling eyes…gleefully holding her passport with Spanish visa inside.  She’s even got a Spanish National Identification Number in her passport…Yeah, she’s got it all going on. Me?  I’m waiting…cool as a cucumber because I know that my passport and visa can only be a day or two away.  They had to send them at the […]

The Real Cost of Our Year Abroad (Glen)

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One question that Julie and I don’t get asked, but I’m guessing people really want to ask, is, “So, how much will it cost for you to live in Barcelona for a year?” Jane Hirt echoes this in her article Radical Sabbatical (see link to article in previous post)…the thing people said most frequently, at least to my face, was: “Wow, I wish I could do that.” My response? “You actually can.” Others who have […]

Caught in a Postal Vortex (Glen)

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Julie received her passport a week ago. Good times! It was exciting to open the US Priority Mail package, pull out her passport, and see the page with her Spanish Residency Visa. It looks very official with her picture, her national identification number, and other information. The residency visa gives her the ability to come and go into Spain as much as she’d like. Great, huh? My Priority Mail package, on the other hand, wasn’t in […]

Choosing Barcelona (Glen)

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Once we decided to take a year off and live abroad, the next question that needed to be answered was, “Where do we want to live?” That was a tougher question than we imagined. And, a lot of our planning required us to know where we were going to land. For example, every country has its own requirements to receive a long-term residency visa. Before we could start the application process for our visas (which […]

Following the path of others (Glen)

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“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best—” and then he had to stop and think.  Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what that was called.     AA Milne One of our favorite things to do is to take a road trip and talk…talk about our marriage…our kids…our beliefs…our future…we […]