Life update (I’m still alive)

Hi! Hola! It’s been a minute. I’ve been MIA for the past several months and decided to try and get back into blogging here semi-occasionally. Here’s a little bit about what’s been going on. I got my residency! This is the most exciting one because it means Spain can’t kick me out for (at least…

The Ultimate Córdoba Day Trip Guide: What to See and Do in Just 24 Hours

So you’ve decided to visit Córdoba. Congratulations! Although not as famous as its western neighbor Seville, Córdoba is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with ancient secrets hiding around every corner in its narrow cobblestone streets. At the same time, it’s full of modern excitement and flair with no shortage…

6 must-do’s in Edinburgh

When I realized the Scottish capital was only a short hour-and-a-half train ride north of where my boyfriend and I would be staying in north east England, I knew we had to make the trip up there before heading back to sunny southern Spain. I ended up making it a surprise trip for his 25th birthday,…

Photos: Holy Week processions in Spain

Good ol’ Semana Santa. The week leading up to Easter isn’t just spring break for students, teachers, and language assistants all over Spain – it’s also the week that streets around the country are blocked off for days at a time for the famous processions. While some locals might understandably gripe about the interrupted flow…

Expat Facts: Living in Spain (Legally!) Roundup for Non-EU Citizens

The auxiliares de conversación program is one of the best ways for non-European citizens to legally live and work in Spain for a year, and a great stepping stone to starting a long-term life abroad. However, while some assistants are on their sixth or seventh year in the program, it’s not something most people can…

5 experiences I want to spend on in 2017

There’s a lot of talk these days about spending on “experiences, rather than things,” and I for one am totally on board. Not that I’m not one to splurge on nail polish and cute accessories every now and then, and of course there are situations where buying practical things makes sense. This year, though, I’d…

Do’s and Don’ts of visiting Lake Como

Tucked away in the foothills of the Alps less than an hour north of stylish Milan, travelers might recognize Lake Como from its charming, colorful villas (and from George Clooney’s Nespresso commercial). With such easy access from one of Italy’s most important cities, there’s no reason not to make the trip to this stunning lake….

6 things to know before visiting Andorra

Tucked away in the Pyrenees mountains on the French-Spanish border lies the tiny Principality of Andorra, a country not as well-known as its two bordering neighbors but nevertheless worth a visit. Whether your plans include a shopping spree on Avenida Meritxell in cosmopolitan capital Andorra la Vella or skiing in the majestic mountains, this minuscule…

1-day itinerary: Bratislava from Vienna

Less than an hour east of Vienna, a city renowned for its rich musical heritage and even richer Sachertorte, yet more historically and aesthetically similar to distant Prague, Bratislava isn’t usually the first European capital that comes to the mind of would-be visitors. That being said, it’s the perfect little city to spend an afternoon and…

Expat Facts: How a more expensive apartment saved my mental health

Hola! As part of my return to blogging regularly, I’ve decided to create the Expat Facts series, which will showcase different aspects of life abroad: the good, the bad, and the ugly. In the case of today’s post, I’m getting honest about an ugly situation that luckily turned out for the better. I’ll also be…

1 year in Spain: (other people’s) expectations vs. reality

With my one-year Spaniversary coming up next month, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the past year has brought me. I had no idea what to expect when I stepped on the plane at Port Columbus John Glenn Columbus International Airport in September of 2015, and (understandably) neither did a lot of people in…