Barcelona with family

I’m sitting here drinking a Mahou (Spanish beer) and thinking…what better time to write about my trip to Barcelona. Barcelona, the most visited city in Spain by tourists. The capital of Cataluña, the birthplace of cava, the home of Gaudí, a meeting place of gothic architecture and modernism. And so many people ask, which city…

Are you fluent in Spanish yet?

Today marks one year since I’ve moved to Spain, so I wanted to talk about something that I’ve gotten a lot of practice in over the last year: learning Spanish! They say the best way to learn a language is to move to a country that speaks it. From that idea, many people conclude that if…

25+ things about Spain that surprise Americans

Here are 25 (okay, 29) things that surprise Americans when they come to Spain. This list was originally written by lacabezallena.com in Spanish (here). I love the list so much (and can relate to it) that I’ve decided to translate it to English here so that my friends and family back home can appreciate it…

There’s no place like Spain for the holidays

Well, they say that there’s no place like home for the holidays…it’s true, there really is no comparison to being home for Christmas. It’s the time of year to be with your family, practice traditions that you do every year, reminisce the memories of past Christmases, bake some cookies and pie, and watch some super…

The Trump Upset

On Wednesday, November 9th I woke up to the words “Trump won.” I thought it was a joke, and I angrily grumbled “shut up”. But it was true. When I looked at my phone, Trump was leading in electoral votes and only needed a few more to win. I hit refresh, and he was declared…

Las Fiestas del Pueblo

The last weekend in August found us in Diego’s home town to celebrate their “fiestas” and a baptism. Seemingly everyone here in Madrid is originally from some tiny pueblo in Spain, and each little town has a patron saint. On that saint’s “day,” they celebrate with cookouts, live music, traditional and modern dancing, and socializing with…

Amazing Northern Spain

For the first two weeks in August, I went up to Asturias (specifically a small town called San Juan de Duz) to accompany a Spanish family and speak English with their kids. I’m so lucky to have been offered this opportunity, as I got to experience so much as if I were a local. They…

Working in a Spanish hostal

I’m not exactly sure what happened to July, but here we are in August: the month in Spain when everyone goes on vacation at the same time, when Madrid reaches temps in the low 100s, and I wish I were closer to a beach. Also, businesses literally close for the whole month so everyone can…

Things I find funny in Spain + updates

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, mostly because I’ve been busy volunteering and playing tour guide to some friends. I’m so lucky to have friends that held a cookout in honor of the 4th of July. We ate good food and swam in the pool. Mitzy came too, and we learned that she…

Driving in Spain, finding my way

How is it already the end of June? Tomorrow is the last day of my Spanish class! I’ve learned a lot, been on some fun trips, and met some new friends. But now it’s time to move on to the next thing. Now that I have more time, I am able to volunteer at a…