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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) (English Edition) von [Briggs, Craig]
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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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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful, well worth the wait! 21. August 2013
Von Julie Haigh - Veröffentlicht auf
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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. It hasn't been plain sailing by any means for Craig and Mel they have their fair share of set-backs along the way-not the normal expected set-backs-this book is by no means predictable. Anyway Craig, you finally did it and you did good. You actually did great. But how could you do this and stop? There must be another book on the way? I know you have far more adventures to tell-so get on with it! If there was one thing I would have liked to have been included in the book it would have been some photos. I don't know if there are any in the print edition but there aren't any in the first kindle edition but apparently Craig has rectified this and a free update will be available in the next few weeks to any existing purchasers and after that everyone who buys will get this up-to-date version.


I turned on my Kindle Fire this morning and was delighted to discover that the update for this book had auto downloaded. Fantastic-it now has photos. These are before and after shots so the reader can really get the idea how Mel and Craig's home took shape. At first I thought hmm-these pictures are a bit small? I tried to enlarge them using thumb and forefinger as you do on a mobile phone but this did not seem to work. The photos do enlarge: you have to hold your finger in the centre of the photo and then an option to zoom comes up then if you click that the picture will enlarge and you can then use your thumb and forefinger to get it to the size required. The pictures can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode. These do definitely add something extra to an already excellent book. Craig has also written an Epilogue. This ties up the loose ends of the first edition of the book yet still whets the reader's appetite for the next book. It doesn't leave you as 'high and dry' and things can seem to wait a while until the next instalment becomes available. I suppose now, I , as a reader got more of a feeling that Craig had actually 'finished' this first book but another one on the way. The epilogue is just a few pages but boy does Craig pack so much into these! Still the same writing quality, concise yet telling you so much and still quite a few comedy gems in this final bit. Also a very moving bit. Some of the funny phrases, obviously, I can't mention so as not to spoil for another reader but also they just don't sound so funny when I tell them, Craig just has the knack. Well done, great job, congratulations.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A VERY BORING BOOK 23. August 2014
Von Books R Best - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Journey with Hiccups 26. Februar 2014
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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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting 1. Mai 2014
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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Voyage of Discovery from England’s Industrial North to Spain’s Rural Interior 22. März 2014
Von Calamus Works - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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