[Zachary] Quinto Anniversary

Tuesday marked our five-year anniversary in Spain. Fifth is “Quinto” in Spanish. Our “quinto anniversario.” So, my apologies, Zachary Quinto really has nothing to do with it.

As for me, I’d prefer five years in Spain (or anywhere) with San Geraldo. When you’ve got San Geraldo, who needs Zachary Quinto? (No offense, Zach.)

We went out Tuesday night to our favorite place in Fuengirola, Meson Salvador, and had a celebratory dinner with our friends Tynan and Elena — two more reasons to be grateful for our lives in Spain.

Tuesday afternoon, I went for a long walk in the 39C (102F) heat. I’d tell you there was not a cloud in the sky on our anniversary, only that would be a lie.

There was A CLOUD in the sky. Exactly one. But it wasn’t around for long.


(Click for bigger pictures… except for Zachary Quinto.)

LOOKING EAST TOWARD HOME AT THAT CLOUD IN THE SKY.
THE PORT OF FUENGIROLA.
THE CLOUD BECOMING A MEMORY.
WEDNESDAY MORNING COFFEE ON THE BEACH WITH SAN GERALDO.
YEAR SIX, DAY ONE. 

Larga Duración, Long Beautiful Hair

1973: A HEAD WITH HAIR.

After nearly five years living in (and loving) Spain, San Geraldo and I have been approved for our first “larga duración” (long duration) residency cards.

When we first arrived, we obtained “residencia temporal” (temporary residency). We renewed those cards in 2012, and again in 2014.

Our “larga duración” cards will give us the right to “work and live indefinitely in Spain with the same rights as Spaniards.”

So, this week we’ll head back to the Foreigners Office with new photos and we’ll then wait a few weeks for our new-and-improved cards to arrive.

WHAT APPEARED WHEN I GOOGLED “LARGA DURACIÓN.”
“LONG-TERM” HAIR REMOVAL.

Let the celebrations begin!

THIS IS NOT US CELEBRATING.

Give me a head of larga duración!

Feline Foto Bomb

Another Update On the Residency Cards:

We were back at Málaga’s Foreigners Office today and our paperwork was accepted. Now we wait for approval, go back with new photos, and then wait another month or so for our new cards. San Geraldo hasn’t stopped thanking me for finding the old passports, which made the application process so easy. I’m embarrassed to take credit for making things so easy when I’m the one who tossed the old passports in a box and forgot about them, making things stressful in the first place. The fault was mine. San Geraldo is very kind.

It’s All About Dudo
San Geraldo has been planting plants and straightening up the terrace. So, garden tools, ornaments and furniture are sitting in some odd spots until his work is done. Moose loves to settle amid detritus wherever he finds it. Files stacked on the bed in San Geraldo’s Office? A perfect head rest. Sheet music on the floor by the piano? A bed. Clothes dropped on the floor? Another bed. A towel? The perfect cushion.

So Moose decided to join a few items left on a chaise lounge. He looked kind of cute, so I grabbed my camera to get some shoots from the bedroom window. Dudo, who had been following me around, had other ideas.

“HIM? WOULDN’T YOU RATHER LOOK AT ME?”
“NO, REALLY, I’M RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!”
“ME. ME. ME!”
“I CAN FILL THE ENTIRE FRAME NO MATTER WHERE YOU MOVE.”
“SEE HOW COORDINATED I AM? AND LITHE?
“WHY BOTHER WITH THAT LUMP?!?”
“THAT’S NOT EVEN A POSE. BORING!”

A Sense Of Renewal

In the more than 34 years San Geraldo and I have been together, we have moved nearly 20 times. (That’s why I called my blog, Mitchell Is Moving; it seemed like a safe bet.)

We lived in Connecticut (two different homes) for a total of 7 years.

We lived in San Diego (two different homes) for a total of 5-1/2 years.

Those were our record stays. We spent no longer than 3 years in any other place.

In July, we will have been in Spain 5 years — nearly 1-1/2 years in Sevilla and, now, 3-1/2 years here in Fuengirola. Long enough to graduate from a temporary residency card to a long-duration residency card. The new cards won’t need to be renewed for another five years. To review our renewal history, click here.

The Málaga Foreigners’ Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) has been phenomenal, responding kindly and completely to my three emails within minutes of their being sent. The last email was to request our appointment. I sent it Friday afternoon, received a response Friday evening, and we already have our appointments — on Monday!

Here’s hoping the in-person experience is as exceptional.

APRIL 2011: WE EACH HAD OUR OWN ACCORDION FILE WHEN WE APPLIED
AT SPAIN’S LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, CONSULATE FOR OUR VISAS
JUNE 2011: SAN GERALDO SHOWING OFF HIS VISA AT THE CONSULATE.
THIS WOULD SIMPLY ALLOW US TO APPLY FOR RESIDENCY CARDS IN SPAIN!
AUGUST 2011: DOCUMENTS FOR OUR FIRST
TEMPORARY RESIDENCY CARDS IN SEVILLA. 
OCTOBER 2011: THERE WAS A PARADE IN SEVILLA AFTER WE RECEIVED
OUR FIRST RESIDENCY CARDS (GOOD FOR 1 YEAR).
NOVEMBER 2012: AFTER RENEWING FOR THE FIRST TIME (GOOD FOR 2 YEARS),
OUTSIDE THE OFICINA DE EXTRANJEROS, PLAZA DE ESPAÑA, SEVILLA.
SEPTEMBER 2014: AFTER WE RECEIVED OUR 2ND RENEWAL (GOOD FOR 2 MORE YEARS),
FUENGIROLA CELEBRATED BY CLEANING THE STREETS. NO PARADE.