Our traveler guest Jeanne has become a dear, close friend. It turns out that she also lived in Denver, where we lived before moving to Spain. She’s now visited us three times and what’s especially interesting and ‘small-worldish’ is that we never met her in Denver, even though we discovered we have a lot of mutual friends. It’s been an awesome experience of developing a very dear friendship, that by most accounts looked as though it was more likely to have happened in the US; yet here we are, having met and became friends in Spain.
Traveler Guest = Big Smiles
We’ll get straight to the heart of this story – we love Jeanne! It can’t be helped. People who meet her, or even just pass her by, can’t help but notice her joy. She radiates love and exuberance for life in such a way, that she smiles at everyone and everything. Her laugh is contagious and when she speaks, it’s so warm and caring because, of course, she’s smiling so big at the same time. Ever notice how pleasant and energetic someone’s voice is when they’re smiling so big and talking at the same time…? Yeah, it makes an awesome difference and I’ve learned that from knowing Jeanne.
Traveler Guest Fun Facts
So let’s see here…fun facts about Jeanne…
- She wanted a big, inspiring change in her life so she up in moved from Denver to Spain in a matter of a month!
- She’s been living in Spain since January and is teaching English in a little village on the coast, just north of Barcelona.
- Through her grandfather being Irish, she got dual citizenship with the EU and US, so has a Spanish Passport and residency.
- Jeanne is a super-talented artist who started Vintage Renewal for creating bohemian-style furniture masterpieces from vintage and recycled materials.
Something really special about our friendship with Jeanne is that she was with us the day we visited what is now our Spain home-base in Denia. We were checking the place out and considering moving to Denia. The house was an opportunity that a good friend connected us with because his friends are the owner. In other words, it is a very serendipitous unfolding of events that led to where we get to call home now. Jeanne loved the house as much as we did when we got to check it out. And she had a strong feeling that we would be living there. So how cool that here we are, months later, living the house and living our dream, and she gets to come and enjoy it with us! The woman’s great a great intuitive spirit and huge heart.
Traveler Guest Awesomeness
On this most recent visit in July, Jeanne stayed with us for just over 1 week. The time went by fast; too fast for us! She’s a great guest and traveler to host for several reasons. She’s easy-going and able to entertain herself. We all communicate great together and had previously set the expectation that we (Eric and Amalia) would still have work to do while she was visiting. Her participation in helping around the house was above and beyond – I (Amalia speaking here) was so spoiled with all the times that she did the dishes for us! She would even sneak in and start doing them when I told her not to. And she offered and insisted on contributing towards groceries.
But the best, was all the wild, carefree fun we had with Jeanne! My god, the woman knows how to have a blast. We laughed so hard and so much, enjoying everything from running with the bulls in Denia to dancing and singing silly afterwards at our local Chiringuito (beach bar) to putting on wigs and video-taping ourselves singing classic rock songs with our dear Denia friends Gus and Sam! Jeanne is fantastically one of those amazing people you can be yourself with…meaning, your silly crazy self with. She brings out joy and fun in those around her.
On every visit, we have such an amazing time with her! Her enthusiasm was awesome and we all had such a great time. Words just don’t do justice to the time spent together. So from here, enjoy the pictures and some homemade video that capture and share with you the immense fun we had together.