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…

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…

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…