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My First Spanish Football Final Experience

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Blog, Expat Life | 2 comments

I don’t know which team in La Liga you support, but I can assure you one thing: the fans of Athletic Bilbao are the most fervent in the league. Two weeks ago I set off to the Copa del Rey in Madrid as the only girl amongst a group of rowdy Basques (brave, I know!), proudly sporting their red and white stripes and chanting “A lo loco, lo loco, lo loco, a lo loco se vive mejor!” in honor of their Argentine coach (amongst the seemingly thousands of other songs they have!) Before I had arrived to Madrid, I’d heard that thousands of buses were coming down from Basque Country full of...

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Bilbao (or as the locals say: El Centro del Mundo)

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Basque Country, Bilbao, Blog | 0 comments

Bilbao (or as the locals say: El Centro del Mundo)

There’s many reasons to love Bilbao. Some surrender themselves to the famous Basque cuisine served up all over town, while others are enchanted by the rolling green hills that surround the city or its brown-sugar sand beaches. I personally love Bilbao because in some ways it reminds me of Seattle with its moody weather, proud locals and abundant greenery…but with much, MUCH better public transportation. Seriously. The subway system in Bilbao is so efficient, my car-less, bus-riding self would move there for that reason alone. It also doesn’t hurt that this city is full of great...

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Lisbon vs. San Francisco: Are the Comparisons True?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Blog, Portugal, World Travels | 0 comments

If you’ve heard someone talk about Lisbon, you’ve probably heard them compare it to San Francisco. But, is it true? Could Lisbon, founded in 1255, really have that much in common with San Francisco, founded hundreds of years later? In short, yes. Lisbon and San Francisco do have some striking similarities: 1) The cable cars 2) They were both built atop seven hills 3) They’re both situated on the water 4) They both have an orange suspension bridge 6) An affinity for colorful apartment buildings 7) Cool street art But between the two, I left my heart in San...

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In Lieu of Words…

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Andalusia, Blog, Spain | 0 comments

…more photos of my hike to the narrowest point between Spain and...

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Hiking to Morocco?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Andalusia, Blog, Spain, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In the remaining days of winter last weekend, the sun shone brightly, the beachfront promenade was packed with people, and a few brave souls were already dunking themselves into the Mediterranean. I’m all for staycations and exploring locally so I don’t have to worry about things like backpacker insurance and what to wear to the airport. So, I set off into the sunshine, and I opted to hike to Punta Carnero, a picturesque point with a lighthouse that I’ve heard locals talk up excitedly, but a local attraction I’d never made it to.   At a mere 15km, Punta Carnero...

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What I’d Wear: Airport Style Tips

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Blog, Expat Life | 0 comments

I believe that your personal style should never be sacrificed for an airplane ride. Whether I’m at the airport at 6AM or mid-day, I keep my sweatpants and slippers tucked away in my bag. However, I don’t go to extremes, and the airport isn’t my personal runway as it seems to be for some women (I will never understand wearing high-heels to get on a plane!). I tend to meet in the middle between a comfortable and stylish ensemble. My key elements? Layers, flats, a roomy bag, sunglasses, minimal jewelry and of course, my Kindle, which unfortunately needs a replacement (R.I.P.). With...

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