An Asturias Road Trip: Exploring Spain’s Northern Coast

As soon as we'd pulled off the A-8 and onto the N-632, my brain kicked into gear: I'd been here before. This very same roundabout, where we'd dodged … [Continue Reading]

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Three Must-Have Experiences on Tenerife

I'm writing this article from my new flat in the middle of Madrid. The house is stuffy, and I'm restless (not to mention pale and majorly suffering … [Continue Reading]

three must-have experiences Tenerife

A Guiri Guide to Having a Baby in Spain: 1st Trimester

Well, if there were ever a cat in the proverbial bag, it’s gotten out of the bag and run around the block. Yes, I’m pregnant. Yes, it’s the … [Continue Reading]

The Guiri Guide to Pregnancy in Spain

Moving to Madrid: My first month in La Capi

As soon as I’d said the word, I clasped my hand over my mouth. “Gracias."  Not an aspirated graciaaaaaaahhhhh, the final syllable lingering like … [Continue Reading]

Moving to Madrid

What to Do in Alcalá de Henares: the City of Cervantes

The Spain of my pre-Sevilla had one leading protagonist (perhaps loverboy?) : Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Spain's most famous author is best known … [Continue Reading]

Alcalá de Henares

Living in Seville

The Guiri Guide to Pregnancy in Spain

A Guiri Guide to Having a Baby in Spain: 1st Trimester

Well, if there were ever a cat in the proverbial bag, it’s gotten out of the bag and run … [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

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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...]