About

Dawn

Dawn

My name is Dawn R. Starr. I am a psychologist by trade, but my real passions are music, dance, food and travel. My wanderlust and worldwide curiosity has taken me from hole-in-the-wall, locals-only spots to well-heeled locales in 36 countries.

My passion for travel has led me to take an early retirement from my demanding career as a forensic psychologist (evaluating and testifying on Sexually Violent Predators in California.) I sold everything, and moved to the picturesque Mediterranean town of Altea. I write about the positive experiences and challenges of my move to Spain,  including getting a Spanish visa, mail tribulations, dealing with the local Valenciana dialect, fun festivals, live music, multi-cultural social life, and travel adventures. I often feature photos of my experiences, although I admit I am still a photography neophyte.

I would love to receive comments about your related travel adventures or misadventures! And I always respond to any questions.

From Altea, I will be travelling and blogging about my travels in Spain, and later beyond. So far, some of my most memorable ventures include dancing with singing Zulu warriors while visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, listening to samba and bossa nova music at the Venice Jazz Club in Italy, learning to tango to live music in the historic Confiteria Ideal in Buenos Aires, being personally welcomed by Paul Bocuse when dining at his eponymous Lyon restaurant, and attending local San Luis Obispo County music venues for world class entertainment.

You can view the cities and countries I have travelled on my Trip Advisor map and read my many reviews. . I also post photos on Pintrest of Altea, Spanish food, and Spanish Restaurants.

I have been published in International Living Magazine, SLO Journal Plus, Vivace, and slocoastjournal.com. You can also find me on http://www.expatexchange.com. ‎

Pepper

Pepper

My name is Pepper.  Like Madonna, Liberace, and other (in)famous celebrities, I don’t need a last name. Everyone thinks I am very cute with my dapple coat, and one blue and one brown eye.  When I am not burrowing under the covers, I like to go to restaurants, hoping for scraps of food my apparently uncoordinated owner may drop. I can play fetch longer than any human can continue to throw a ball. Don’t let my size fool you-I am fast and can jump super high. From time to time, I will weigh in on my experiences when out with my human.

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4 Responses to “About”

  1. Pedro1312 July 24, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    hi Dawn, i have seen you thanks to you posting on Sunshine and Siestas blog…well let me tell you that i am reading your blogposts, even old ones and i am enjoying them fully…it is really a delight and a pleasure to read what you say about Altea, Valenciano language and more!

    • dawnrstarr July 25, 2015 at 6:37 am #

      Thanks for your positive feedback!

  2. Stephanie January 8, 2017 at 4:32 am #

    Hi Dawn,

    I will soon finish my Master’s in Applied Linguistics at Columbia University in NYC. I previously taught English overseas in Korea, Czech Republic, and Spain. I would like to get back to Europe as a MA holder, but this time live there a little more legally since I am older and more qualified.
    As an American, do you have any advice for me on the visa-front, or have any leads on Universities which need native English speaking professors ?
    Any help is appreciated!!!
    Thank you!

    • dawnrstarr January 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      As I am sure you are aware, unemployment is quite high in Spain, especially amongst young adults. I am a retired forensic psychologist living on a retirement/non-lucrative visa; I have no idea about the availability of work in the area of your degree. Sorry but I would be happy to answer any other logistical questions you may have. Buena suerte

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