For 91 Days

Exploring the world, three months at a time

For 91 Days we live in a random place around the world, giving ourselves time to really understand the culture, history, cuisine, and people. We never quite become locals, but we're definitely more than tourists.
When we're not on the road, we call Valencia, Spain home. Check out the posts from Valencia below, or use the menu to discover the other places we've visited.

Covid-19 Valencia: Terrace Photo Project

When we're back home in Valencia, I don't take nearly as many photos as when we're traveling. But still... I have to take some! Two months of confinement, due to the COVID-19 Virus, has challenged me to find new inspiration from a single physical location: our terrace. Every single day of the lockdown in Spain, people have opened the windows or stepped out onto their balconies at 8pm, to applaud the healthcare workers on the coronavirus frontlines.…

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Valencia COVID-19 – Our First Walk through the City After 48 Days

Spain has been on a strict lockdown since March 14th, because of the COVID-19 virus, with strict laws designed to keep people inside and to enforce social distancing. We knew it was serious when Valencia cancelled Fallas... but even then, we weren't expecting to endure seven full weeks of quarantine. Spain has been among the most-affected countries in the world. Since mid-March, we've been cooped up, allowed to go outside only for grocery shopping. Those trips became…

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So… Now We Know What a Desplantà Looks Like

On March 10th, 2020, Fallas was cancelled, due to the CoVID-19 pandemic. This hadn't happened since the Spanish Civil War, and was something we barely considered plausible. I mean, the celebrations were already underway! In fact that plantà of the big figures had already begun! But now, it was all over. Valencia was in shock... as were we. That very day, we went to see the mascletà as usual, not having the slightest idea that it would…

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Fallas 2020: La Plantà (Featuring Valencia’s Best Street Artist: Escif)

For many people in Valencia, la Plantà is even more exciting than Christmas. Unwrapping a few presents under the tree vs. unwrapping thousands of works of art across the city? No contest! La Plantà is when the massive figures which make up the Fallas monuments are removed from their cellophane wrapping and put together like giant puzzles... and public can see for the first time what they're all about. La Plantà starts on March 15th (or a…

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A Glorious Mascleta Seen from a Balcony – Fallas 2020, March 9th – Pirotecnia del Mediterráneo

We have several favorite spots at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento from which to watch a Mascletà. Usually, we're on the north side of the plaza, good for hanging out with friends because it's not so packed. Another favorite spot is in front of the post office, closer to the Mascletà cage, where you can see some of the fireworks explode. We also sometimes venture right up to the cage, where you get shaken during the the grand…

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Cant de L’Estoreta Fallas 2020 – The Traditional Children Parade Before La Planta

The Cant de L'Estoreta tradition came to life in the 1960s, thanks to the Fallas commission of Plaza del Árbol. Adults and kids alike dressed up in antiquated clothing, and reenacted the obsolete tradition of walking with the estoreta velleta, an old carpet upon which neighbors could place their old junk they accumulated over the year. That junk then was used to build the Fallas figures. Nowadays, it's more of a kids parade, featuring Valencian-themed floats, but…

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Three Experimental Mascletas During Fallas 2020

Yes, Fallas 2020 has been cancelled, but we're going to continue sharing our experiences before the Spanish lockdown. Especially for all the Valencians stuck at home, we want to deliver at least a little bit of Fallas flair! On March 6th and 7th, we walked around the city to capture some of the more unique mascletàs. Enjoy! Cien Mil Truenos en Tiempo Récord https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_LXqberzbg The Fallas Commission of Mosen Sorell-Corona hired the pyrotechnicians of Vulcano to set…

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An Unexpectedly Dangerous Hike around Telendos

Over the years, we've gotten ourselves into many challenging hiking situations, from the Hengill Death Hike in Iceland, to the Leech Attack in Sri Lanka. And thanks to Telendos Island, we have a new one to add to our list of stupidly dangerous hikes. After so many years of travel, you'd think we might be smarter... We had crossed over on the ferry to Telendos, with some friends who were spending the day climbing. After watching them…

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