Carnival 2019 Torrevieja Spain


Our first year in Torrevieja and our first year in Spain. The original plan was come here in 2018, buy a flat to make our winter home and return to Portland Oregon during the summer to work on our media business. We received the keys to our new Flat on October 22, 2018 and our plane ticket back was for December 8th. We changed our plane ticket to May 8th, the furthest out we were allowed. Obviously we are still here over two years later.

We fell in love with the lifestyle. Spain celebrates life everyday. Each year in February is carnival. In Spain, Carnival is a time of feasting and celebration before the Lent period of fasting. This is a holiday long celebrated throughout history, and the concept is common throughout the world—that of indulgence and fun before the fasting begins.

This is the year of 2021. Since March of 2020 the world has been altered beyond anyone’s belief. The global pandemic of Covid 19 has changed the way we live, all of us across the entire planet. Eleven months later we still have a long way to go as we continue to have shut downs, curfews and travel restrictions across the globe. Industries have been shattered, especially within the entertainment and hospitality and tourism sector.

Today, which would normally be the first day of Carnival here in Spain I am looking back and writing this blog of our first experience of Carnival. It was February 2019, just six months of living in Spain and experiencing the culture we would not choose to leave, at least not now. Here are a few photos and a short video. Unfortunately the batteries on my phone died and we did not get all the big night time floats and fire.

A short compilation of video clips.

Bisque Kitt goes everywhere and, as we have learned here on more then one occasion that is not always a good thing. Festivals in Spain are loud and usually with explosives. We made the mistake a few times (we are always together) but now we leave him at home. Better experience for us and he does not think the world is ending.

And this was our first Carnival in Spain. At this time, maybe we did know this would be our new home for awhile.

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About XPLORE FILM and Sip & Stay

The Art of Life

Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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