What’s in a Name? A Primer on Spanish Names

"When we have kids, promise you'll let me name all of the boys." I don't remember where or in what context the Novio asked me this favor, but I … [Continue Reading]

What people name their children in Spain

Ten quick tips to saving money in Spain without even trying

As soon as I'd bought a house, my friends began making plans to travel to Spain. How could you beat a personal, bilingual tour guide who had … [Continue Reading]

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God Bless America?: Reflections on my Third Elections Abroad

The world is having a serious identity crisis. To say that 2016 has been a weird year is to echo the sentiments of...just about everyone. And it … [Continue Reading]

US Elections Abroad

A Guiri Guide to Having a Baby in Spain: Second Trimester

The start of my second trimester, at 14 weeks, coincided with another big event in my life: Leaving Seville for a job and a new life in … [Continue Reading]

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Where to Stay in Cudillero, Asturias: La Casona del Faedo

"En la Casona de Ángel, queremos que Ustedes estén como en la casa de los abuelos," Ángel prompted, reaching for my weekend bag. After five hours in … [Continue Reading]

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Living in Seville

US Elections Abroad

God Bless America?: Reflections on my Third Elections Abroad

The world is having a serious identity crisis. To say that 2016 has been a weird year … [Read More...]

Travelling Europe and Beyond

Taste of Lisboa Food Tours

On Pessoa, Portuguese Cuisine and Hidden Tastes: a Food Tour with Taste of Lisboa

The prolific Portuguese philosopher and writer Fernando Pessoa had no less than 80 … [Read More...]

Travel Photography

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Why You Need This Adult Coloring Book Dedicated to Wanderlust

It was a night like any other: I was watching clips of America's Next Top Model (shame, … [Read More...]

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Photo Post: Colorful Copenhagen

My knowledge of Denmark was relatively small: the Danes created my favorite childhood toy … [Read More...]

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Photo Post: La Hermandad Rociera de Triana and the Pilgrimage to El Rocío

"No, no, no," Lucía shook her head fiercely as curls of white smoke escaped from her lips. … [Read More...]

Spanish Food

a tasting at Basilippo

The Curious Case of Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil

"Passion and quality are at the heart of this venture. It's that simple." I sneezed, a … [Read More...]

Typical Spanish food at Christmas

Tapas Tuesday: Roscón de Reyes, or the Spanish Twist on King’s Cake

The Epiphany is one of my most beloved Spanish Christmas traditions. Not only does it … [Read More...]

Tasting

Tapa Thursday: Tasting Jerez de la Frontera

I'll admit it - I have a big ol' crush on Jerez de la Frontera. While Seville swoons, … [Read More...]

Teaching Abroad

How to Apply to the Language Assistants Program

Applying to to the Auxiliares Program: How to Apply to be a Language Assistant in Spain

this post was updated in February 2016. Nine years ago, I began researching a way … [Read More...]

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Ten Mistakes New Language Assistants Make (and how to avoid them)

My Spanish now-husband couldn’t help but laugh when I looked, puzzled, at our new coffee … [Read More...]

No joke, I spent a night here in the Islas Cies.

Sleeping in Spain: A Guide to Accommodation (and 30€ Voucher Giveaway!)

If there's one thing that's weathering the Spanish economic downturn (no doubt tied to the … [Read More...]