A First-Timers Guide to Las Fallas

At nearly 6 am, small firecrackers still fizzled on the streets. I'd been awake for an entire day, driving from one end of Spain to the other before … [Continue Reading]

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Five of Spain’s Most Bike Friendly Cities

While many visitors to Spain like to see the sites on their own two feet, moverse on two wheels is becoming ever more popular and tourism … [Continue Reading]

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The Guiri Guide to Having a Baby in Spain: Third Trimester

I stood in front of the mirror, belly bowing out like a gorilla's, totally naked. I had a cotton pad in one hand and a bottle of rubbing alcohol in … [Continue Reading]

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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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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

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Exploring the Wonders of Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s Old Town

There's more to Ibiza than Pacha, the jet set or kitesurfing. Dalt Vila, meaning ‘Upper … [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

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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...]