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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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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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The question of Catalan independence on the eve of a revolution

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 if they should cancel their trip to Barcelona out of safety concerns, than those asking me for the best places to brunch. (BTW--do not cancel your plans to…

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How to find an apartment in Spain

Finding an apartment anywhere can be a challenge. Trying get all of the things you want in the right location isn't always a guarantee and usually ends in compromise, (we've all seen House Hunters, we know the drill).  Add to this not being able to speak the native language fluently or have any friends or…

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10 spots you can’t miss on the Costa Brava

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 extensive beaches of Cádiz, the rocky and virgin coves in Alméria, the dramatic cliffs of Galicia and Asturias. But the Costa Brava is still one of the highest…

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Your personal to do list this summer in Barcelona

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 shines most in the months from April to September. Any given day you step outside you are bound to find yourself sipping on a vermut in a neighborhood…

5 tools to make students excited to speak English

Teaching English is hard. Don't trust anyone who tries to tell you your job is easy. Motivating kids to speak a second language when they aren't giving one word, fill-in-the-blank answers, is even harder. "I'm going to lower anyone's grade who speaks Spanish," is another line that doesn't work except for the biggest of brown-nosers.…