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8 questions to ask before you start private classes

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 have had to take on my share of private classes, usually against my own wishes and thanks to the insistence from my bank account. If you are an…

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How to be an awesome language assistant

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. But maybe you don't speak Spanish, maybe you've never been to Spain before, maybe you've never been a teacher, and your excitement turns into a little bit more…

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Malta in 36 hours or less

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 before your trip, (NO JUDGEMENT--I shamefully was completely mistaken on where in the world Malta was until literally 24 hours before we left), this little island sits shoulder to…

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A few major differences between Spanish and American weddings

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 sent this post to guests in order for them to have a vague idea of what to expect at a Spanish wedding, I thought I should make somethings…

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Everything you need to know about the Blue Lagoon

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 choice. Now, what do you need to know before you go? You've got a couple of options. Take a taxi (check the prices online and in Malta ALWAYS…

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How to best see the city of “tripeiros”

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 one of my new coworkers four years ago became one of my best friends in the world. But even if you don’t, you'll probably recognize her face because…

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10 Frequently Asked Questions for a Permanent Expat

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 States since graduation and are ready for a break and move abroad, and curious about how others have done it. You just finished your first year as a…

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Why you should see the Costa Brava this winter

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 best time to visit this treasure of north-east Spain. Yup. I said it. The Costa Brava is best visited in the winter. "But what about the beaches? The water sports?…