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- Publication Date: February 22, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D08OJTM
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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) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
In May 1980 he left college and entered the employment market. During one of his many visits to the Job Centre, a job card caught his eye: 'Wanted: trainee retail managers'. In October 1980, he left Huddersfield to ply his trade in London, and returned three and a half years later a wiser and more mature young man. A brief period of letting his hair down followed, catching up on lost time and lost youth. During On his return he met the love of his life and future wife, Melanie. His career in retail spanned six and a half years with five different companies but to realise his dream he would have to go it alone.
His 'Big Break' came when he was asked to invest in a fledgling printing business. Against all professional advice he jumped at the chance, re-mortgaged his house and bought an equal stake. After thirteen years of blood, sweat, and holding back the tears, he ended up owning a modestly successful little business. The time was right to begin his journey to a dream.
Craig's writing career began in 2004 when he was asked to pen a weekly column for an online magazine. 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 twelve months in Galicia. Since then he has added Beyond Imagination, Endless Possibilities and Opportunities Ahead to The Journey series.
As well as writing, Craig is an enthusiastic winemaker and owns a small vineyard.
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This one was a real delight! A great first person narrative by Craig Briggs about his, and wife Melanie's journey from selling their business in England, to a much more relaxed lifestyle in a small province, Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain.
Let the adventure begin - they find a temporary house to rent, right on the village square, which exposes them first hand to the slow paced, leisurely Galician life style. As they soon learn, this same laid back attitude results in much frustration when they're anxious to explore the offerings of the local real estate market.
There is humor, no small amount of drama, the occasional disaster, such as the full size, partially constructed floating concrete swimming pool, and new friendships that are formed as they proceed forward.
Oh, and did I mention the wine? It almost becomes a character in it's own right, and their travels around the area visiting local vineyards, tasting the various wines, will make you dream of a long vacation of your own, experiencing excellent wine and amiable companions.
All things happen in their own time and Craig, Melanie, and ever enthusiastic collie mix Jazz, see their dream gradually realized as they settle in to their beautiful new home. Let the good times roll!
After choosing a dodgy estate agent named Ramone to help them find a place to land, it becomes clear that it's not going to be a easy journey.
The language barrier becomes a constant frustration even with 3 years of night school taking Spanish lessons. Galicia has it's own language, Gallego, more in common with Portuguese.
Finally, they find a decent estate agent, a house to renovate, a decent architect and even an interpreter. Even with all these in play it is a struggle, it is Spain after all.
They persevere through it all and can't believe that they will actually be moving into their dream home after 12 months of renting and blood, sweat and tears.
A great look inside the life of an expat moving to Spain and have moved on to the next installment Beyond Imagination: When the adventure of a lifetime becomes a lifetime of adventures (The Journey Book 2).
The subsequent books may show improvement. I hope so, for the writer is not without talent, and there is certainly the germ of a decent story here.
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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I found their experiences interesting in that, rather than having to convert somewhere themselves, they were able to rent somewhere comfortable to live while overseeing the renovation of their chosen property. This gave me another view of the problems that can arise when moving abroad, particularly when they had limited language skills.
I loved their pleasure in discovering local customs, especially fiestas which both Craig and Melanie seemed to thoroughly enjoy.
Well written and easy to read, I look forward to finding out more about their adventures .
Some may be fake, I do not know but sorry, not an interesting read and unable to get a refund too.
After a series of dubious estate agents and even more dubious properties, they find a home to renovate.
They have trouble coping with the language and local customs; however, enjoy meeting the local characters, sampling the food and wines of the area.
I would recommend this book to readers who love memoirs based on moving to another country.