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Health Insurance

12 May

Today we completed our third week in Barcelona, and accomplished one of the major hurdles of establishing residency.  Rob is now an official resident of Spain as of Wednesday!  This opens quite a few doors to us that were previously closed.  As soon as that was done, we immediately completed the process of setting up […]

Pics are up

12 May

The site is feeling a bit text-heavy right now, so I’ve added another page to the site for pictures.  You can also view them on the Flickr group we created just for this purpose: Barcelona For the Win.


29 Apr

This week we are focusing our energies on obtaining our NIE, (the Spanish equivalent of a green card in the U.S.), and our Tarjeta de Residencia, which recognizes a foreigner’s residency and allows them to work and generally go about their daily lives without too much trouble.  To get the NIE, we need either proof […]

Day 3: Books, Roses, and Ikea

23 Apr

We are completing our third day here in Barcelona and things are starting to come together.  Yesterday we got phone numbers, albeit temporary until we have a NIE for our mobile contract, and we have wifi in the apartment (halleluia!) after introducing ourselves to our neighbor who generously provided his password for us to use […]

And we’re off!

19 Apr

The last few months have been a crazy, mad dash getting ready to leave the country.  In the last month, we cleared all of our stuff out of the Pacific Rim and onto a shipping container, got married (!!), and I made a last-minute visit to my ailing grandmother in Minnesota.  This all would not […]

Nowhere is Somewhere

3 Feb

I signed up to receive email announcements about  the Nowhere festival last week, and just a few days later I got an email saying that tickets had gone on sale!  I’ve heard it compared to Burning Man; it’s held in the desert near Zaragoza, Spain, about 3 hours from Barcelona.  It’s held in July every […]

Bike Week in BCN

3 Feb

I just found out Barcelona has a Bike Week, June 13-17! It looks like Barcelona’s equivalent of Pedalpalooza.  I wonder if Barcelona also does the World Naked Bike Ride?  It doesn’t say… Barcelona also was deemed one of the Top 15 bike-friendly cities in the world.  I haven’t actually seen a lot of cyclists there, but […]

Italian Wedding Postponed until September

1 Feb

We’ve been working hard for the last month to completely research and plan our wedding, international paperwork, moving and having a wedding party for friends. OMFG. It is ever complicated! TL;DR: We can’t realistically make all of that happen at the same time.  Instead, we decided to focus on making sure our move to Spain […]

Huzzah! Tickets are purchased.

22 Jan

Plans are coming along.  We just purchased our one-way tickets to Spain this evening, departing April 15th, spending a few days in Berlin to get the appropriate marriage paperwork sorted out, and then flying to Barcelona on April 21st. Additionally, Aleta’s house just went into escrow!  She finally got an offer on her house this […]

Creationists vs Pastafarians

15 Jan

I was heartened to read this story today about a young man who became an activist when his middle-school teachers tossed out their science books in favor of books that taught creationism and other unproven theories as truth, like the Loch Ness Monster.  I thought this might be a good segway to talk a little […]