5 places in Almería, Spain that deserve a spot on your itinerary

The most diverse region you’ve never heard of Spain’s south-easternmost province might not be as traversed as Seville, Granada, and its other Andalusian neighbors, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. From the hustle and bustle of the eponymous provincial capital to the tranquil pueblos in the north; from the rugged terrain of…

Expat Facts: The truth about living in small-town Spain

I’m going where now?! It never fails to amuse my Spanish friends and colleagues when I mention that, with a population of just about 1 million people, my hometown of Columbus, Ohio is considered a “small” city by U.S. standards. Among Spanish cities, only Madrid’s 3.1 million inhabitants have C-bus beat considerably, and Barcelona edges us out…

Keeping Calm and Carrying On in London: When Travel Gets Tough

With my freshly stamped passport in hand, I made my way out of the non-EU-citizens passport control line and over towards the ATMs lining the wall at London Stansted airport. I had just enough time to withdraw some pounds before catching my National Express bus to the city center. Normally I like to come to…

An open letter to my non-American friends and neighbors

What’s up? It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Yankee. Even if you don’t know me personally, you may have seen me around. You see, I unintentionally stand out sometimes. I walk and talk too fast (the latter with an accent when I do so en español), I wear tank tops when it’s sunny and 80 26 degrees…

6 Untranslatable Spanish Words and Phrases

There are some things you just won’t learn in school. Every travel blogger and their monkey’s uncle knows that getting out and exploring the world will teach you things that even 12 years of mandatory education (at least in the US) can’t. I’ve certainly been learning that ever since I arrived in Spain this past…

Let’s See How Far We’ve Come

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I said goodbye to the classic brick pathways, ornery squirrels, and undeniable sense of community that made the tiny town of Athens, Ohio my home. The lens of social media allows me to watch from a distance (a 4,220-mile/6,790-km distance – what a time…

Expat Facts: Little Epiphanies on Spring Break

After hugging my friends goodbye, I walked into the Alicante airport at 5:45 p.m. with plenty of time to spare before my 7:50 flight to Berlin. I had no idea. At first, I actually thought I was screwed. I walked into the airport and straight into one of the longest lines I’ve ever seen, leading…

The Perks of Speaking English

“Es la primera vez que has estado aquí?” Is this your first time here? “En esta clase, sí.” My Enrique Iglesias-lookalike spin instructor suddenly hesitated before responding. Yep, there it was: The Accent. I might as well have had a flashing marquee above my head: THIS GIRL IS NOT FROM HERE. “English?” he guesses. I live…

Too (un)cool for school

In fifth grade, I ran for class president. It was my first experience managing anything like a public relations campaign, and I threw my heart and soul into it. I made posters. I passed out fliers. I put fun little surprises into every one of my classmates’ mailboxes. I spent hours agonizing over my speech….

Andalusia’s Best of the West: Seville and Cádiz Itinerary + Photos

Spring won’t officially arrive for about another 3 weeks, but the beautiful weather in western Andalusia this weekend sure had me fooled. In honor of southern Spain’s regional festival, Día de Andalucía, and the five-day weekend that came with it, my friend Tiffany and I headed to the renowned Andalusian capital and threw in a day trip…

Me Talk British One Day: A Yankee’s Guide to the Queen’s English

We need an English speaker to fill the PUBLIC RELATIONS COORDINATOR position at our travel company. This position will involve creating and executing tourism publicity campaigns targeted to English-speaking markets throughout the summer of 2016. Hey, perfect! I need a summer job, and that sounds like something I could do! Candidate must be NATIVE BRITISH…

How your life will change after moving to Spain

You’ll step onto the concourse at Madrid Barajas exhausted and disoriented after spending the past seven hours suspended in a flying metal tube over the Atlantic. Even though you’ve most likely been sitting for the majority of those seven hours, you’ll still be inexplicably tired, more so after noticing the vast endlessness of Terminal 4…