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Journey To A Dream: A voyage of discovery from England's industrial north to Spain's rural interior (The Journey Book 1) by [Briggs, Craig]
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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, two months before his fortieth birthday, 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. Over the last few years he has written a number of articles for the Trinity Mirror Group and online publications such as: CNN, My Destination, and Insiders Abroad. In 2013 he published his first travel memoir Journey to a Dream. It tells the story of a turbulent first 12 months in Galicia. His latest book, Beyond Imagination, continues the adventure as they settle in to their new home and surroundings. As well as writing, Craig and his wife Melanie own a traditional Galician farmhouse which they rent to tourists from around the world. He’s also an enthusiastic wine maker and currently works two small vineyards.

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  • File Size: 1863 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D08OJTM
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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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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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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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Whatever your experiences, and I applaud you for chasing your dream...PLEASE do not quit your day job. While it Could have been interesting if written as a story, it was written like a personal journal. Just like family videos, that kind of stuff has a target audience. Family. Sorry, Mr. Briggs, I won't be looking for any sequel.
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basically a journal of one persons experience moving to another country & acclimating to their customs & ways. Without learning the language which I found bothersome..if you are going to live there...learn to speak the language! I skipped a lot of the pages as it tended to drag on a bit, but that was me. If one finds every lil detail & jit & jot of what is happening necessary then one would enjoy this.
Would I recommend it...No.
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I found this book being offered for Free one day only and so I grabbed it. I love reading books like this, love seeing how someone makes their dreams come true. This book is so well written and was so easy to follow, that I wanted to finish it so I could find out what happened.
The book is about a husband and wife and their dog, dreaming of living in another country, but living some place remote and different. They chose a country Spain and found a small quaint town to make their home. With the language barrier and being in a different country than the one they were from, made for some interesting stories. The writer really explained in detail of life in the town, telling us about they needed to find a home to purchase and the difficulty with that situation, and finding someone who spoke English in the small town. They did find someone to help translate the language, they had met many local people and seemed to love their new relaxed lifestyle, I am just not sure how relaxed it was for them. It is an awesome read. If you love watching and reading books about traveling and design your own home in a new country this book is for you, the dream is awesome. I love that he wrote this story, I think I would have given up, but I can tell you from reading this book that if you keep pursuing your dream you can do it.
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