Expat Files: Ashley Best in Burgos, Castilla y Leon

Burgos is the city that I was so fortunate to call home for the past nine months. I honestly didn't know what to expect since it's not really a city that most people take the time to go to visit let alone blog about it. One awesome blogger Ashley fills us all in on life in Burgos…

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Barcelona in Three Days: Medium Budget Edition

FINALLY after 10 months of being in Spain I made it to Barcelona. The city of my favorite fútbol team (yes I call it fútbol now), were nightlife thrives, and breathtaking architecture dominates the city. I currently live in a city called Vilafranca del Penedes which is about 60 kilometers west of Barcelona and I've…

Roman Villa of the Casale, Sicily, Italy

In a collaboration with Wine Pleasures (the place I am working at during the month of July) I got to write a few articles about Sicily, Italy. I feel really proud of what I've written so I will be sharing them on my own blog! I hope you enjoy them. Imagine having access to your…

How to renew your TIE in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia

Well sadly it is time to head back into the Oficina de Extranjeros and stress about your paperwork and not knowing exactly what the outcome will be. I was lucky enough to spend TWO HOURS in the extranjera office in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia this past week. Don't worry, this is not normal and I'll tell you exactly how not…

Expat Files: Cassandra in Andalucia

There are plenty of super cool expats here in Spain. Most people who decide to move to a foreign country are open-minded, fun, and maybe just an overall bad ass. I feel very lucky to have met some and connected with others on social media. Moving to a foreign country can be a little intimidating…

Things I wish I knew before starting the auxiliar de conversación program in Spain

Wow, this year has been such an incredible experience. I can not believe that it has flown by so fast and I am finished with the auxiliares de conversación program here in Spain and I'm actually pretty bummed about it. Before working at this school here in Burgos I worked as an Au Pair for a family in…

Burgos, Spain as told by a bunch of fourteen year olds

Recently I had to present a little PowerPoint presentation about my home state of Minnesota to my classes here. It was so amazing to see them so genuinely interested in what I had to say about the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and they asked me many questions during my talk. They even told me that…

Things to do before leaving Spain

Can you believe that there are only 2 weeks left of the auxiliar program!!?? Unless you're in Madrid chances are you finish May 31st which is quickly approaching. Even though I cringe every time they call me teacher/profe, shake my head in disappointment when they behave badly, and keep turning down social media requests I…

Planning your trip to Spain

A vacation in Spain certainly is not like living here but it's the closest you can get. The trick is to see beyond the fiesta y siesta ideas here and truly dive deep in the day-to-day culture. Instead of running around frantically with a must-see list try exploring the narrow cobblestone streets, following the sound of flamenco…