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Hello, Costa Blanca!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would land me at the top of a castle overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in a gorgeous beach town called Denia, along the Costa Blanca in Spain.

Today's tiny adventure was so exciting that it ultimately influenced me to relocate my art-obsessed tush directly out of the Barcelona region of Spain and straight to the Costa Blanca (the white coast) along the Mediterranean Sea.  What?  Did I just say that?  Didn't I come to Spain to revisit my dreams of being a creative in Barcelona but in a new more mobile wanderlust kind of way?  Yes, I sure did!  

You heard me, right friends.  I never thought I would pack my little suitcase (or more descriptively, an extremely large van to the maximum, with all my precious belongings) to leave the artsy city of Barcelona and head south to choose the Costa Blanca along the Med as my new home.  But, my sisters and brothers, that is just what I did about six months after my first visit here to Denia, Spain!   This trip on this very tiny adventure, was the one that planted the first seed for my eventual move down the coastline and into the Alicante region of Spain.  

So, what the heck happened here that was so magical?  Oh, I don't know maybe it was the artisan crafted vermut for a mere 1.80 that came with a free tapa at the first adorable joint that we stopped at in Denia, as we made our way through the windy beachfront streets lined with Vespa scooters in this beautiful port city?  Or perhaps it was the breathtaking view from the top of a seaside castle that won my heart or the magical vibrations from the scenic mountain Montgo that often was the backdrop to some of the most interesting angles in this beach city?  It's anybody's guess, but the sole purpose of this tiny adventure today was to take a taxi ride from the beach town my friends currently lived in (Xeraco) and see what this more substantial, more vibrant beach town (Denia) was all about.  

My friends were looking for a potential rental that would sit directly in front of the Med.  When they asked for my feedback on whether to consider the one we saw on this tiny adventure today, my two thumbs couldn't perk up fast enough.  You bet I told them to take it and you can bet they did just that!   Denia, we all loved you at first sight!  Oh, and what a place it is!  Say hello to my little friend, the one and only, Denia, Spain.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure was to see one of the 12 treasures declared by Spain called the City of Arts and Science building (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) by way of a sunken city park called the Turia in Valencia

This discovery was a happy accident during a tiny walking adventure through the city of Valencia.  Two friends and I made our way through Valencia using the Turia (a former riverbed that was drained out and turned into a beautiful sunken city park).  We walked and walked our little hearts out, all the way to the very end of this picturesque sunken beauty (which allows access to a most of the city without the use of the roads above).  You know I love myself a good sunken treasure "Goonies style," especially when it leads directly to one of the most valued 12 treasures of Spain.    

This tiny adventure couldn't have been more stress-free to complete and all the while passing by gardens, flowers, walking trails, ponds, and cafes.  Valencia, I was made for loving you baby, and you were made for loving me!   The adventure is seriously just built right into this under-rated Spanish city.  Being the third largest in Spain, it doesn't get nearly the cool cred that Barcelona does, but let me tell you, it isn't a place to miss if you are traveling to this side of the world.  I have loved every moment that I've spent in the city of Valencia.

Anyway, back to one of the 12 treasures of Spain that even George Clooney himself couldn't stop raving about.  Clooney embarked on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known as "Tomorrowland" in his feature film set in this very place.  Yes, the place is known as the one and only "City of Arts and Sciences building (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.  This space-age shaped structure took 3 x more than the 300 million that they budgeted to build it and is worth a look if you are heading to the city of Valencia for a stress-free afternoon adventure.

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Fallas de Valencia

Hello friends!  It's been a while since I have told a tiny tale of my adventures here in Spain.  Did you think I had forgotten about you?  No way, Jose (and I said that in my best Spanish accent)!  I'm back to pick up exactly where I left off.  

Now, where was that?  Oh, yes!  The Fallas de Valencia!  One of Spains biggest celebrations was my next grander than tiny adventure to be had.  As a creative person, I was about to be in for a citywide treat here in the inspiring community of Valencia.

I have made a piece or two of original artwork in my day, but never did I create something with my heart and soul and then publically set it on fire.  Ha-ha!  Yes, you heard me right!  These fun-loving Spaniards are always stepping it up a notch to keep things interesting around here.  The name, Fallas, references not only the title of this crazy event but also the original monuments that are burnt down to commemorate St. Joseph.  

Each neighborhood in Valencia erects a montage of gigantic artistically made paper mache ninots (Valencian for puppets) in a competition to win the best in show.  Each of these creations that take approximately one year to create and are firecracker-lined to ensure that they will inevitably light up and burn to the ground on the final night of the celebration.

 Valencia, you so crazy!   The annual themes are pre-agreed up and usually take a satirical jab at the latest and greatest political situations along with tons of sexual references and provocative posing  

There are different stories behind the history of this unique celebration.  One of them was that artisans initially burnt broken artifacts that they saved through the winter to celebrate the Spring Equinox.  The situation has evolved itself since the middle ages and has become quite a spectacular show worth a visit by today's standards.   Over time, with the intervention of the church, this event slowly began to coincide with the celebration of St. Joseph. 

What you can expect at the Fallas de Valencia: tons of thunderous fireworks, elaborate parades performed by each of the neighborhoods to represent their spectacular Fallas and the inevitable burning of these beauties around midnight on March 19th each year.  

I can sit here and talk about this event all day long, but you just need to pack your bags and see it for yourself for the real Valencian experience of a lifetime.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

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Enjoy your Monday soul sisters and brothers!

xo

Jeanne

Spanish Grandpa's in a sand ditch, oh my!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be helping a couple of Spanish Grandpa's out of a sand ditch and getting an invite to dinner on my first day of vacation in Xeraco, Spain!  

It had only been a couple of weeks since my first trip to Xeraco, Spain and my very first love affair with the city of Valencia.  My fabulous new friends had invited me back to their home to relax some more near the sea, to explore Las Fallas (one of Spain's biggest celebrations), and to enjoy my first Easter holiday with my new family away from home.   Who would say no to any of that?  Not this gal, so I was heading south of Barcelona on a road trip, hooray!  

It would be the first time I took all transport directly to their current hometown of Xeraco straight from Barcelona.   This journey consisted of a 45-minute train from my wine village to Barcelona, 4.5-hours from Barcelona to Valencia, 45-minutes from Valencia to Xeraco and a cab ride to the sea with the only off-season driver that didn't speak English from here.  Luckily, I had a ton of handy apps to help me along the way, and my gracious hosts awaited my arrival with the one cabby in Xeraco to help me navigate to their home with the driver.   Phew, I made it!  My friends had some work to do at the start of the trip, so I did what I loved best, which was to walk and explore their little beach town by the sea on foot with my trusty camera.  

From this small Mediterranean town, I could see the coastline for the next biggest beach town named Gandia, so I headed in this direction along the beach for an exploratory adventure.  As I made my way down the beach, I veered in and out of the first line of homes and streets if I saw anything interesting along the way.  As I made my way off the beach and over a bridge and then back onto the beach, I saw two older gentlemen drive a big Mercedes in front of me heading straight toward the sand.  While thinking this was odd, it wasn't until I got closer to the beach again that I saw these same two gentlemen and their large car stuck in the sand.  It's like I had a severe case of Deja Vu: a stuck car, two men alone and nobody else helping.  Well, I had to put an end to this lack of citizen chivalry again!  Dun Dun Duuuunnnnnnn!

I saw the two stranded men and darted toward the sand to help them.  Naturally, they were Spanish speaking, and so I did my best with my translator app to communicate with them about how I might help.  As I mentioned, the two men were elderly.  One was now in the driver's seat and the other left by his lonesome to push this massive car out of the sand.  I began to press the vehicle with the cute little Spanish Grandpa to try and move it toward the concrete.  As other people now saw a woman come to the rescue of these two old men, they began to join in to help remedy the situation as a team.  All it takes is one to start an army of good, and that is just what we did!  A surfer camping along the sea came to our aid, along with a couple walking the beach from Scottland.  Together we pushed and pressed and finally got the car back on track to its final destination of Gandia.  Woohoo!  

The driver of the car was so incredibly grateful that he insisted I give him my contact information so he could treat me to a meal on my trip.  What a way to make new friends.  And so, my first day in Xeraco ended with an invite to dinner, which I, unfortunately, had to decline.  But I went to sleep with a smile that night knowing that I had done a little good in the world that day. 

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Happy Father's Day in Spain!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's adventure was celebrating Fathers Day on Spain's calendar and appreciating that my Father's spirit was helping me manifest great things and that his father was doing the same!

It was now Saturday, March 19th, 2016 and the day that Spain celebrates all their loving Father's here (as compared to our celebration in the U.S.A., which was on June 19th this same year).   On this day, I had to stop and raise my heart and hand to the sky for my father, Big Bill, whose soul I had felt was now a guardian angel to me since he had left our world to rest his spirit in a heavenly place.  

I had felt a closeness to my father here in this village as I spent many days walking through a small beautiful cemetery most times that I headed for a stroll through the vineyards.  It was here that I would always check in with him and ask for the guidance I needed to carry on my life in the best manner that I should, being mindful, and always with an awareness to stay very present with myself.  Looking back now, I am not sure who heard these wishes spoken to my dad.  What I do know is that these conversations helped me get a lot of mental clarity and were falling in alignment with a primary natural law for living the life you love called the law of attraction.  Getting clear on what I wanted, setting intentions verbally and in writing than believing that they were mine for the taking were indeed the success formula for the natural law of attraction.   Thank you, Dad, for prompting me to get clear on what I wanted on this new journey abroad and to trust that the guidance was coming to help me along. 

These conversations with my dad were, in fact, heard even if I didn't have his soul's ear listening as I hoped.  I was putting energy and thought into the things that I loved and wanted in my life to allow for them to manifest before me.  So, on this Father's Day in Spain, I had more to be thankful for than I even realized at this time.  I gave a loving shout-out to Big Bill in the sky and another to his father, Vincent who were both actively playing a role in my current ability to manifest great things.  Grandpa Vincent was the reason that I was currently able to live in Spain.  If it weren't for him being born in Ireland (the European Union), I would not have my second passport and the opportunity to call Spain home currently.  Thank you Universe and thank you to my Father and Grandfather today and all days to come for all your gifts. 

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Peacocks, a stranger and Montserrat!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure would be a chance encounter leading me to peacocks and walking new vineyard terrain with a stranger while getting my first glimpse of the beautiful mountain named Montserrat in the Barcelona region of Spain.

Whenever I met new people in the small wine village, it would always be just a matter of time before our schedules aligned again and we would experience a chance encounter in town.  Today would be one of those days.  I would run into the Argentinean that I met back on (American) Valentine's Day when I shared a splendidly flavorful pink cava at Jaume Giro y Giro with this random English speaker and English Academy Director while celebrating America's day for love in Spanish wine country.  

Today, my Argentinean friend was also teaching lunch hour English for one of the big Cava Companies on this beautiful day.  I'd find out that the cava company where we had both just finished teaching backed up to an entirely different set of walking vineyards connecting Sant Sadurni to an even tinier neighboring village.  Hot diggity damn!  This news meant I had a whole new adventure plan ahead of me!  Walking in the vineyards just got a little more exciting from here on out!  

My next walking adventure would stroll me past Peacocks and many other types of domestic fowl in a barn setting.  I would meet a stranger (that spoke minimal to no English), and we strolled and struggled to communicate with one another for a good straight hour together on these winding vineyard trails.  Finally, I would cap this tiny adventure off with my first glimpse of the majestic mountain called Montserrat being responsible for inspiring the names of many young women in this region of Spain.

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

I love when the air smells like chocolate in wine country!

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure was being propelled through the wine village by the smell of chocolate in the air only to find a chocolate factory, hooray! 

I spent a fabulous five days in Xeraco with my new American pals.  We had so much fun that they invited me back just two weeks later to spend an even longer trip with them to see the Fallas in Valencia and to celebrate Easter together as a family away from home.  Hooray!  That sounded so lovely to me!

In the meantime, I was back in the wine village now, and every so often I was getting some serious whiffs of a delicious chocolate scent in the air.  To the point where I would almost feel summoned to stand on my very tippy toes like in a bugs bunny cartoon and follow the waft of it in the air to determine the sweet destination of its origin.  And guess what I did?  Just that!  I followed the smell to find that Sant Sadurni had its very own Chocolate Factory which had sent most of its chocolate production outside of the village, but on certain days they would still cook up some yummy goodness at the headquarters in wine country.  My little wine village would fill up with the smell of chocolate in the air, and when it did, I would dart for the nearest convenience store to buy a bar of chocolate to satisfy the cravings that were conjured up.  

You can bet your chocolate loving ass; I would eventually find myself at the source for a real sample of what I had been smelling in the air. That day wouldn't be today, but it would be a splendid day indeed when it arrived soon.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Hello, Bohemian Agent subscribers!

Hello, Bohemian Agent subscribers! I wanted to thank you so much for enjoying the journey with me so far in Spain!  It's been such a soulful experience to share it with you!

I will start posting a summary of inspirational tales on Monday rather than sending you two emails a week.  Please ALWAYS feel free to come directly to the blog to get caught up on the latest and greatest at www.bohemianagent.com.  

I'd also like to take this opportunity to ask you what you would love to hear about from Bohemian Agent!  Are we keeping you excited about creating your own adventures? Would you like to see some more resources in future posts?  Your feedback and support are so greatly appreciated.  

Sending big kisses from Spain!  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I'll send one summary email a week on Monday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Supermoon selfies in Xeraco, Spain

Tiny adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure was experiencing the magic and mystery of my first supermoon here in Spain and my first time to Xeraco, Spain!

After the fireworks and Paella in vibrant Valencia, my newest American friends and I traveled back to their beautiful beach front home in a small Mediterranean town named Xeraco in the Valencian region of Spain (about one hour by train from the city center).  I had been invited to stay for five days in this gorgeous place with the most hospitable of friends.  

My American friends are travel bloggers, marketers and a video production company all rolled up into two fabulous mobile peeps with an eye for marketing and an ear for traveling.  I fell instantly in love with their home, their lifestyle, their stories and most unforgettably their hospitality!  Amalia could plan her way around a jigsaw puzzle, and Eric could cook his way out of an Iron Chef competition.  Each of them packs a serious punch solo, but together they are a dynamic duo that cannot be stopped.  And the adventures we were about to begin together as new friends and as a newly formed American family far, far away from our original homes in the U.S.A, we going to be the best experiences yet.  

It was no surprise to me that on this particular union of our newly formed friendship, I would experience my very first supermoon in Spain with these new pals in Spain.  What the heck is a supermoon, you ask?   As astrologer Richard Nolle puts it, it's a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth.  Well, how cool is that?   Godesslife.com says "in ancient spirituality, Pagan, witchcraft, magic and earth-based religion, the connections to the moon are immeasurable.  There are an endless amount of spells to attain everything from love to prosperity.  

So what does all this mean?  It means that the supermoon is supercharged with spiritual energy and with this power comes compelling opportunities to set grand intentions (while honoring our fully rounded silver sister up in the sky)!  Well, hot damn, you can bet your ass this sister was doing just that!  Setting intentions like a boss and dreaming big dreams with my new friends would become commonplace in the friendship that followed and what a beautiful friendship is was going to be!   This seemed like the perfect moment to capture it all with a supermoon selfie and so that is just what we did!    

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

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