Hello, I'm Marie. I've been an expat in sunny Valencia, Spain since 2016 - more than enough time to know that this is where I want to settle.
Since leaving university, I've always lived in rental apartments, which has been wonderful. It's given me the flexibility to move whenever I felt like it - to the USA, Sydney, London, Luxembourg - or to just put my small amount of belongings in storage and take off for a few months of travel.
But, now that my husband and I have two kids and a puppy in tow, we've decided it's time to stay put for a while. Our kids love their school here and, as someone who attended six different schools in four different countries, I'd very much like for them to attend just one school until they graduate.
Not to mention the fact that Valencia is bloody gorgeous. With the incredible weather, beautiful city, friendly people, low cost of living, and stunning beaches, Valencia more than meets our criteria for a place to call home.
So, on June 1st, 2020, we bit the bullet and plonked down our cash for a... shall we say "interesting"... house. You can read all about it in this blog post.
I'm keeping this blog to chronicle our experiences in renovating and decorating this home. Given that I have practically zero experience it'll be quite the project. I'd love to hear any tips or ideas you have via the contact form below.
In other words, "HELP!"