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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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Getting an apartment abroad…painlessly

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 and usually ends in compromise. Add to this situation not being able to speak the native language fluently or have any friends or acquaintances in the city, no…

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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.…

What you don’t need to worry about when you decide to move abroad

Raise your hand if a bad break up has ever made you make spontaneous, somewhat irrational decisions. *Hand shoots up. Yup, right over here, that's me. Pierced my nose, cut and dyed my hair, took the gym back up, you know, the standard. But still, it seemed like what I really needed was space. An…