Why My Blog Hibernated This Winter
Mar23

Why My Blog Hibernated This Winter

  Why, hello! To say “it’s been awhile” would be a bit of an understatement. Where have I been, you ask? Well, always looking for a deal, I decided to change web hosts. It was time to renew with my current host, however, the renewal price was a bit of a sticker shock. So, I shopped around, found a cheaper host with good reviews and thought things would be up and running in no time. The whole changing hosts...

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Living in Basque Country: What I Love and What I Hate
Jun13

Living in Basque Country: What I Love and What I Hate

I’ve been living in Basque Country for awhile now, and I am so happy I’m here! While there are definitely some things I miss about Andalucía, I have felt more at home in Euskadi in a few months then I ever did in the 3 years I spent in Spain’s south. I think every expat has their region in Spain, the place that claimed their heart and is like a second home, and mine is definitely Basque Country. My years in...

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Everything You Need to Know About El Txikiteo
Apr29

Everything You Need to Know About El Txikiteo

It doesn’t take long after one’s arrival to Basque Country to discover that Basque culture is distinct from Spanish culture. This shouldn’t come as a shock, since historically, Basques and Spanish are different people–but you’ll still find the odd tourist wondering where they could see a flamenco show in Bilbao (not to say it’s not possible, it’s just not at all common like in...

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Things I Wish the U.S.A. Would Learn From Spain
Mar15

Things I Wish the U.S.A. Would Learn From Spain

There’s no such thing as a perfect country. And even though Spain has incredible food, beaches, nightlife and culture, it also has corruption, a crisis, low wages and more. However, there are some things that my country should learn from my adopted country (and vice-versa!) that if combined, would make the end result pretty close to a perfect place. Since I’ve already complained about the things I wish Spain had, back when...

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The Expat Dilemma Part 2
Jan29

The Expat Dilemma Part 2

I recently wrote a post called The Expat Dilemma that seemed to resonate with several other expats. We’re an interesting group us expats–we debate where home is (if we have one at all), we teeter on the line between outsider and local, we bond over the idiosyncrasies of our adopted cultures, the things we miss back “home”, and try our darndest to steer clear of the “grass is always greener” mindset....

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An Expat’s Guide to Surviving (and Enjoying!) the Holidays Abroad
Dec17

An Expat’s Guide to Surviving (and Enjoying!) the Holidays Abroad

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a song absolutely off-limits this time of the year–as soon as Bing Crosby sings the line “if only in my dreams” I’ll be wanting to weep into a plate of turrón and polvorones. Since I’ve been home for only one Christmas out of the last four (including this year’s) I’ve had to learn how to pull myself out of the homesickness that’s...

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