Day Trip from Córdoba: Castillo de Almodóvar del Río

One of the great things about living in Europe, as any expat will tell you, is the fact that some of the most beautiful places in the world are cheaply and easily accessible. I’m speaking as someone who flew to Italy for €40 round trip two years ago. That’s all well and good, yes, but…

3 Realizations I’ve Had After 3 Years in Spain

Mid-September is a funny time of year for most expats here in Spain. It’s when most of us celebrate our “Spaniversaries”—the anniversary of when we first arrived, bleary-eyed and jetlagged after a long flight, in the land of tapas and tinto de verano. In honor of my own arrival anniversary, which came and went over the…

The One Book You Need to Read Before Moving to Spain

It seems like I blinked and suddenly summer was over. After a whirlwind few months of travel, I’m settling back into the rhythms of normal life, only to realize that my three-year Spaniversary is staring me in the face: September 16. I can’t believe it’s been nearly three years since I moved here. Around this…

Summer 2018 Travel Recap

I wasn’t expecting to travel very far this summer until my boyfriend came home from work one day in mid-June and asked if I wanted to watch a movie. It seemed like a bit of a random suggestion—we usually just watch TV on weekday evenings rather than take the extra few minutes to get Netflix…

America: Land of the Free-to-Speak-Whatever-Language-You-Want

At the time of this writing, I haven’t been back to the US properly for nearly a year and a half. (Stepping onto “American soil” for 20 minutes last year at the US consulate in Fuengirola to get a document I needed for my civil union doesn’t count.) My boyfriend has never been. We’re hoping…

Eating in Córdoba: Foodie Guide & Spanish Mealtimes 101

Ever since moving to Córdoba two years ago, one of my favorite things to do has been to discover my adopted hometown’s amazing gastronomic scene. Bigger cities like Seville and Madrid might get all the credit, but Córdoba is easily a great foodie city in its own right. From traditional Spanish cuisine to modern international…

Photos: 24 Hours in Strasbourg, France

For many in Spain, Holy Week means watching religious brotherhoods parade gigantic Mary and Jesus statues through the street for hours on end. For me, it means taking advantage of the long weekend to travel. This year, our first stop was the fairy tale town of Strasbourg, France, a magical little place on the Rhine…

5 Fabulous Spring Festivals in Córdoba

My adopted hometown of Córdoba, Spain might just be the best place to visit in the spring. I’m not just saying that because I love this city with all my heart (although I do!). Córdoba truly comes alive in the springtime, with something fun and exciting going on practically every week. There are flowers, wine,…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Valencia

Now that Las Fallas are in full swing, what better time to finally get around to writing about our December trip to Valencia? It’s one of Spain’s largest cities (more on that in a bit), but often overlooked in favor of giant metropoli Madrid and Barcelona. However, what I loved about Valencia is that it…

Things I Would Have Done Differently When Moving Abroad

Even though it seems like I just got here yesterday, I’ve been in Spain for just about two and a half years now. And overall, it’s been a pretty great 2.5 years. I definitely wasn’t expecting to stay this long, but here I am with no plans to leave, and I feel good about my…