November 2011
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Guest Post: Fall in Love With Gaudi's Barcelona
While I’m enjoying my last few days at home, please read on about Barcelona’s esteemed architect, Antoni Gaudi. Today’s post has been made possible by Jet Abroad. Barcelona is the home of great architecture in Spain. Although the city might not have a reputation as being the cheapest destination in Spain to visit, if you take advantage of the cheap flights on offer at the...
Nov 29th
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Guest Post-New Culture, New Climate: Sweating...
Fitting in perfectly with Christine’s summer-inspired posts about the best beaches in and around her location in Southern Spain, I thought it might be nice to add some of my own perspectives now that I’m heading into my second summer of 2011. Plus, Christine’s at home in cold, rainy Seattle this holiday season, so what a better way than to bring her some warmth!  After seeing the beginnings of...
Nov 21st
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Guest Post: Celebrating Thanksgiving Abroad
Today’s guest post is from Lauren of After living and studying in both Australia and England, she’s back in the U.S., readjusting to American life in Washington D.C. Here, she shares her experience celebrating Thanksgiving abroad, and sharing a part of her culture with others. Enjoy! One of my fondest memories while studying abroad in England was the...
Nov 17th
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Guest Post: From Olive Groves to Grape Vines
Hi, I’m Liz from Memoirs of a Young Adventuress, where I blog about traveling and expat life abroad. Four years ago, I said goodbye to the freezing cold New England winters and hola to sunny warm Spain for the first time, and I haven’t looked back since. Unsatisfied living in the same place for too long, I have called several cities in Spain home, from Salamanca to Madrid, Córdoba and...
Nov 15th
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Today, yours truly hits the quarter-of-a-century-old mark. As I’m celebrating turning 25 in San Francisco, I wanted to share my reflections on what the past 24 years of my life have taught me—lessons I’ve learned, and am sometimes revisiting and reminding myself of.   You are responsible for your own happiness. Fight for it. Never take the good people in your life or your...
Nov 14th
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Guest Post: Coming Home
So, you’ve spent the last year teaching English in Spain/on a round-the-world trip/WWOOFing in rural Australia/generally avoiding the real world. And you’re coming home. Ugh.   To some people, coming home is a let down. There are no multilingual parties with blasting house music in small town America. There are no beaches in Nebraska. Everybody speaks English and you can’t make 20 euros an hour...
Nov 14th
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Costa del Sol's Redemption:Nerja
In the chilly winter months, I love wrapping myself in a blanket and indulging in a cup of hot cocoa as much as the next person, but I also can’t help but dream of the warmer months to come. Spain is a summer-lover’s paradise, full of gorgeous seaside towns, stretches of golden sand and plenty of cold drinks to keep visitors satisfied and returning in huge numbers, year after year. ...
Nov 11th
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You Know You've Been in Spain Awhile When...
What are the telltale signs you’ve been in Spain for awhile? That you’ve survived the hordes of tourists you may have been once associated with, and staked out your claim in this beautiful country? How do you know when you’ve “made it” as an expat? Well, you know you’ve been in Spain awhile when… Crunchy jeans as a result of line-drying no longer bothers...
Nov 8th
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A Favorite Vacation Destination: Athens, Greece
Since I studied in Athens in the summer of 2008, it has always held a special place in my heart. There, among ancient ruins, incredible food, and friendly locals, I found a destination that would quickly rise to being one of my most favorite places in the world. Whenever a friend tells me they’re planning a trip to Greece, I become so excited for them, hoping they’ll fall in love with...
Nov 7th
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Guest Post: What NOT to Do in Paris
I have to say that I struggled to write this – Paris is an exceptional city and it’s hard to put a foot wrong there. However, like any place that is so popular with tourists there are traps to avoid and some lesser-known attractions which don’t occur to the everyday traveller. Here’s a helpful list of things not to be done in Paris: © zhijie zhuang 1. Don’t be frightened of venturing out of...
Nov 4th
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