6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Moved Abroad

IMG_20150307_194628 After so many years of living abroad, I’ve met lots of Spain newbies, who always remind me of me, my first year here. They say experience is the best teacher, and I’d say that’s about right, especially when it comes to living abroad. Some things you just learn after being here, experiencing it first-hand, and ironing out the wrinkles. However, if I could travel back in time to pre-Spain, I would tell myself a few things. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I moved abroad:  [Read more…]

How To Become an Au Pair and Live Abroad for Free

how_to_become_au_pair Over 5 years ago, I moved abroad to Spain. I had graduated from college a few months before and was waitressing for the summer while half-heartedly job-hunting, and figuring out the next steps. Pursuing a career made me feel trapped. I was NOT ready to sign my life away! What really lit me up inside was finding a way to get back to Europe. I had studied abroad in Greece the summer before and was trying to find any way I could to get back there, or really anywhere on the continent. I looked at jobs that needed native English speakers, Master’s programs, Fulbright grants, you name it. A lot of the programs I was researching were on an academic-year basis, and I had found out about them too late and missed the deadline. Not wanting to stick around another year, I looked for a quicker way to get to Europe. Fall was fast approaching and wanderlust had me stir-crazy and impatient. [Read more…]

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: A Treasure of Abu Dhabi

grand_mosque I didn’t think Rihanna would ever dictate my travel plans, but sure enough, after seeing her (controversial) photos in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, I was intrigued. Not by her, but by the strikingness of the structure: blinding white marble, towering domes, minarets, and gold details.  Visiting the Grand Mosque was, without a doubt, the highlight of my trip to the UAE and is a must-see if you’re planning to visit Abu Dhabi or Dubai.  [Read more…]