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Journey To A Dream: A voyage of discovery from England's industrial north to Spain's rural interior [Kindle Edition]

Craig Briggs
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like many of us Craig Briggs dreamt of living a different life, free from the stresses and strains of modern living. But unlike most of us, he decided to pursue his dream.
In May 2002 Craig, his wife Melanie and their dog Jazz left their home town of Huddersfield in England's industrial north and set off for Galicia: a remote and little known province in the northwest corner of Spain.
And so began their Journey To A Dream
With help from the locals, they quickly settled in to their new relaxed lifestyle but the search for a new home soon changed that. They encounter a freelance estate agent of dubious character and after several failed attempts to buy a house are forced to reassess their goals.
Worse follows; a brush with the law, a builder who refuses to work, a swimming pool that floats, and the mysterious disappearance of their life savings. The spectre of a penniless return to England with their dream in tatters hovers over them.
But this Yorkshireman is made of sterner stuff.
Join Craig, Melanie, and Jazz along a colourful, bumpy, and sometimes dangerous journey and immerse your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes along the way.

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  • File Size: 1071 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D08OJTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, well worth the wait! August 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What a wonderful read. I know Melanie and Craig personally and I have, for many years, urged Craig to put their adventures into book form. I have seen early draughts of his 'episodes' and, even then, his writing style just made you want to read more. Now he has waited so long (sorry Craig) he has perfected it and I must say this book is free from those endless mistakes you usually see in Kindle editions. Very polished. Craig certainly has a gift for writing; he captures the atmosphere and the sights, sounds and smells of the beautiful Spanish countryside which is now his and Mel's home. (You can almost smell the coffee, taste the wine etc.) Craig's writing is so descriptive yet not unnecessarily long-winded- I love the scene where he is describing experimenting with his new cookbook. Fabulous writing. Some really funny moments. What is so wonderful about Mel and Craig's dream is that they didn't do the normal run-of-the-mill type of move where it's just like any old English seaside town, commercialised but with more sun, they moved to somewhere more 'Spanish' -a more unspoiled, undiscovered part of Spain and experienced real Spanish culture. Craig writes about all their experiences of this so beautifully. He has excellent comedic timing; this book isn't meant to be a comedy book but I can remember one chapter for instance where he is telling of something going on and on for ages(won't say what so as not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet read it)then suddenly he says something to the effect of "were we going to do this for any longer? NOT ON YOUR NELLIE!!! It's just so funny with this interjection, a real piece of Yorkshire in a Spanish book. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey with Hiccups February 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In memoir writing, there exists a plethora of stories based on a predictable storyline - a decision to move country, a lack of ability in speaking the language of the new country, a naivety of knowledge related to purchasing/building/altering, battles with bureaucracy, endless delays for various reasons and finally the end statement of success.

What makes Craig Briggs memoir "Journey to a Dream" stand apart form many other memoirs is his ability to draw a person into his story through his use of language. He uses beautifully descriptive narratives to paint with words not only his personal journey but also the various journeys through the landscapes of Galicia in Spain. It is these descriptions that prevent the reader from becoming immune to the endless frustrations of delays that characterise the issues affecting the author, his wife and their faithful friend Jazz. While there are frustrations experienced in their journey to their dream, the author recognises them as the differences in psyche of another culture, not in a negative way but just in a simplistic view that every culture has it's own way of living and perceiving life.

Journey to a Dream is highly recommended as a thoroughly enjoyable read, possibly even better if the reader is acquainted with the area of Galicia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A VERY BORING BOOK August 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Maybe I have read too many books about moving to Spain, there are a lot of them on the market, but although Craig Briggs can certainly write, I dd feel there was very little substance in this book. It dwelt endlessly on the day to day detail that quickly became very boring. I kept waiting for something to happen, an explosion, an accident, anything to anchor the story, and make it interesting and exciting. But nothing did, it was the same old repetition all the way through. Neither did we get to know anything much about either Craig or Melanie, except that they had short tempers were constantly impatient and irritable with the Spanish people who fell over backwards to accommodate them. Neither did they impress me with their forward planning, lack of research and the description of trying to drive from London to Galicia all in one go, with it appeared only one driver, is beyond stupid. I'm afraid I found most of the book very boring and only persevered hoping for that spark that never materialized. One a more positive note, the book was well edited and for that I have to give the author credit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Craig and Melanie Briggs dreamed of a life abroad. A chance to realize it finally came when they received a buyout offer for their printing business. Instead of going to the mattresses, they went to the Internet. Relocating to Spain started out as a search for listings and almost by chance Galicia emerged: a quaint (and affordable) area in Northwest Spain bordering Portugal that piqued their interest. After a weekend trial run and a few set backs, Craig and Melanie eventually arrived as new residents of Casa de Elo in Ferreira de Panton. Armed with “vacation Spanish,” their worldly possessions, and the family dog, Jazz, it was the starting point of their new adventure of a life filled with new customs, people, and its own set of trials and successes.

While Craig and Melanie’s journey was not easy, reading about it surely was effortless. Briggs’s work to hone his writing style has paid off with a well crafted memoir of his first 12 months in Galicia. He depicted Galicia’s landscape and society beautifully to set the scene for his narrative of finding a new home and adjusting to the Spanish culture. Briggs’s love and admiration for Galicia cannot be missed among the tales of fortune and misfortune along the way.

If you enjoyed books like Under the Tuscan Sun or A Year in Provence or if you are looking for a getaway, I think you will enjoy Journey To A Dream. It swept me away. Spanish wine, tapas and paella are not necessary, but I am sure they would only add to the whole experience.

You can find Journey To A Dream by Craig Briggs exclusively on Amazon as an ebook or in paperback. Briggs also writes more about his journey in Galicia on his blog or Facebook page complete with idyllic pictures of life in rural Spain in case the cover does not give you enough to dream about. Happy travels!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Building your dream home.
If you want to rebuild your dream home, roll up your sleeves and grab some tools...and do it yourself!
Published 1 day ago by Jim Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars It felt like a vacation in Spain during a dreary Seattle winter
Absolutely delightful! It felt like a vacation in Spain during a dreary Seattle winter.
Published 2 days ago by Chris Koser
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Robert Greenfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Enteritainng true story
I very much enjoyed this book. I got a chuckle from some of the British 'phrases' Craig used. What an energetic and determined couple Craig and Melanie are. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith Sobczynski
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Point
Well written and well edited, I think the author could go far. They always say write about what you know, and using his move as the topic for his presumably first novel was a good... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Joan-Figuerola
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
A very funny, descriptive story about going to a new country and all the ins and outs of remodeling in the midst of a language barrier.
Published 2 months ago by M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I read this book while travelling in Spain, so my location added to the overall enjoyment. The story is entertaining and the style of writing makes it an easy read.
Published 2 months ago by Geoff Woodland
4.0 out of 5 stars I was definitely glad that things worked out for them as they went ...
This was an enjoyable and entertaining read about one couple's adventure of trying to relocate and build their dream house! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jamie Lewis
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip It
I normally love travel memoirs but not this one. In fact, I never made it to the end. If a book doesn't get me from the start then I give up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joann R. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book
I absolutely love this book. A true story about moving to Spain, and what an engaging story it was, all the problems they had to overcome. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JJ
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More About the Author

Craig left fulltime education aged eighteen and began a career in retail. At the age of 28 he found his true vocation after buying into a small printing business. After 13 years of blood, sweat, and holding back the tears he sold up to pursue his dream

In May 2002 Craig, his wife Melanie, and their pet dog Jazz, squeezed all their worldly goods into their aging executive saloon and headed off to Spain. Not for them the tourist packed Costas of the Mediterranean coast or the hills of Andalusia, no, they headed for Galicia - a remote and little known region in the northwest corner of Spain.

Craig began writing a weekly column for an online magazine in 2004. Journey to a Dream is Craig's first book. It tells the story of a turbulent first 12 months in Galicia, but this was just the start of their adventure, so there are plenty more stories to tell. Follow him on Facebook or visit his website and blog:

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