Sixty-seven days. They say it only takes 21 days to create a habit so after sixty-seven you’d be surprised to what you can get used to. The…… Read more “Pregnant in a Spanish Quarantine”
So you’ve done it! You’ve convinced your Spanish boyfriend or girlfriend that the best and most fool-proof way for you to remain in Spain and be able…… Read more “Everything You Need to Know about Applying for Pareja de Hecho”
Some of the most entertaining moments you will probably have in your first time abroad is when someone sheepishly asks you, “So…I saw this on a film…is…… Read more “10 of the most frequently asked questions to Americans abroad”
If you’ve landed here, you are probably in a relationship with a Spaniard or European and considering, perhaps for visa purposes, perhaps not, whether doing a civil…… Read more “The Difference Between a Civil Union and Marriage in Spain”
Ah, yes. The ever-evasive question I get most asked by Americans who have no immediate European family members, “how have you been able to stay here so…… Read more “Legally Stay in Spain as an American”
Let’s just say it–living the auxiliar life can be great, but it can also leave you wanting and needing more. The schedule is minimal, the job itself is usually…less than fulfilling, and the pay will likely have you moonlighting at a low paying academy or riding the metro around town for 25 different private classes. Without fail, lots of language assistants will be searching for a way to continue working in education, (and some likely looking for any way NOT to work in education), while still living out their dream life in Spain, with a decent salary. Sounding familiar yet?
Enter, the questions I get asked the most about my experience living in Spain; how have I been here so long as an American and how did I find work in international and semi-private schools in Spain?
In this post I will be very transparent on my experiences–good, bad, and terribly paid, so read on if you want some hard truths as well as possibilities for your future.
Short background: my husband is Spanish and I am American. I have lived in Spain for nearly ten years, and with him for seven of them. Our…… Read more “Everything you need to know to plan a wedding abroad”
Have a short jaunt to this small town in the north of Thailand? Make the most of it with these tips!
This post could also be titled, “Everything I wish I knew about private classes before I started.” In over nine years as a teacher in Spain I…… Read more “8 questions to ask before you start private classes”
There’s no use hiding it, Barcelona is not a cheap city–Spain-speaking. Yes, compared to the UK or pretty much any other city in western Europe, Barcelona is…… Read more “Barcelona on a budget”
So you’ve been accepted into a language assistant program and you’ve likely been placed in a middle of nowhere town and CAN’T WAIT TO GO TO SPAIN.…… Read more “How to be an awesome language assistant”
Many people would affirm that nothing is better than having a routine and security. Knowing your friends, your neighborhood, how to do your job, which chores you’ll do every day of the week, what you’ll buy at the grocery store and make for dinner and what your next few years of life will probably look […]
Malta is a hard place to define. This is due in large part to its geographical placement and historical significance. In case you haven’t checked a map…… Read more “Malta in 36 hours or less”
EDIT: Since the publishing of this post, I recently have found myself planning my very own Spanish wedding, (with an American twist, of course!) Because I have…… Read more “A few major differences between Spanish and American weddings”
You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen pictures. You’ve planned your whole trip to Malta around this one beach. And I’m here to tell you…you’ve made the right…… Read more “Everything you need to know about the Blue Lagoon”
If you’ve been following along with my blog for even a short amount of time, you might know that I had the best stroke of luck when…… Read more “How to best see the city of “tripeiros””
If you have come to this post, I have a feeling you are in one of a few categories: You’ve been working your “normal” job in the…… Read more “10 Frequently Asked Questions for a Permanent Expat”
After a whirlwind 48 hours on the beautiful Costa Brava with two even more beautiful friends of mine, I have officially decided that winter time is the…… Read more “Why you should see the Costa Brava this winter”
Alright my dear readers, this post is officially over a year in the making. It was, in fact, one of the first posts I planned to write…… Read more “The only guide to brunch in Barcelona you’ll ever need.”
Before heading off on one of my favorite ways to travel–girls weekend with my coworker/best friend/platonic love/and favorite travel partner, Pili–I already had some preconceived notions about…… Read more “A few things I learned in the Czech capital”
There are certain topics that strike fear in the heart of every amateur expat. “Amateur” being anyone who hasn’t been in their new country for long or…… Read more “Taxes for expats”
DISCLAIMER: I don’t often write about politics, and have never done it on the blog. But considering the current political turmoil, I have more people asking me…… Read more “The question of Catalan independence on the eve of a revolution”
Barcelona is a city constantly toeing the line between being Spanish or European. (Yes, I’m aware that it is technically both–for now anyway–but stay with me.) The…… Read more “10 things you need to know about Barcelona”
The first time I was moving to Spain as a language assistant, my mom oversaw most of my packing. The second and third time are none of…… Read more “What I wish I had brought to Spain”
During your time in Galicia, if you are lucky enough to get nice weather, going to the Islas Cies is an essential stop. These islands are a…… Read more “Must knows for enjoying island time in the Cíes”
Finding an apartment is a pain in the puto culo. Trying to get all of the things you want in the right location isn’t always a guarantee…… Read more “Getting an apartment abroad…painlessly”
I have been to a lot of Spanish beaches in my day. And to be honest each one of them is gorgeous in its own way. The…… Read more “10 spots you can’t miss on the Costa Brava”
Whether its January or July, you will always be able to stumble upon something unique happening in Barcelona. But like most places, it oozes its coolness and…… Read more “Your personal to do list this summer in Barcelona”
Airports, amirite? Magical places full of love, hope, and dreams unlived. Let me be clear. I am talking about everything that happens A.S.—After Security. Until everyone has…… Read more “Get over your fear of long haul flights”
If you ever ask a Spanish person about the history and culture of their country, one of the first things they will tell you is how for…… Read more “All of your Toledo must-dos from a local himself”
One of the best things about living in Barcelona and being in your twenties with only a small feline to worry about while you’re away, is that…… Read more “5 things that Lyon is waiting to show you”
Many women dream of the day they get to design that one, beautiful white dress that they will wear for the best day of their lives. I…… Read more “How an American learned an age-old Spanish dance”
So, I have about a million different blog posts to do but tonight I’m alone with a glass…or two…of wine, and I’m in the mood for Italy.…… Read more “6 things to know before you fall in love with Cinque Terre”
Before I dive into this, I have to say first that auxiliaries de conversación is the whole reason I am still in Spain. If this is your…… Read more “10 FAQ for a Language Assistant”
Milk comes in different forms for different people. For some, it could be landing your first real job with a decent salary. Maybe its putting the down payment on a house, looking your baby in the eyes, or deciding to leave everything behind and move somewhere new. None are better or worse than the other, the only thing that matters is that it keeps nourishing you, and keeps you thriving for more.
Written by guest writer: Javier Garcia of Cool Tours Spain As a major European capital city, there are plenty of things to do in town but take a…… Read more “5 Off the Beaten Path Spots to Visit Madrid on a Budget”