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An American’s Perspective on Celebrating The Holidays in Spain

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Blog, Expat Life | 0 comments

As of Saturday, the holidays in Spain are officially over. Three back-to-back weekends of stuffing my face with everything from jamón to croquetas, tipping back glasses of vino and bubbly, conquering the cobble-stone streets in high heels and exchanging gifts has finally wound down. This was my first entire holiday season spent in Spain, and after a very American Christmas last year, I’ve come to a few conclusions: Christmas in Spain is a More Gradual, Less-Intense Version of Celebrating. Between Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Ever, New Year’s Day and Three Kings Day,...

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So, You Wanna Live in Spain? Here’s How.

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog, Expat Life | 0 comments

So, You Wanna Live in Spain? Here’s How.

  Dreaming of basking on golden beaches in Andalucía, exploring cosmopolitan Barcelona or dining exceptionally well in Basque Country? Have you always wanted to learn Spanish and immerse yourself in a new culture? I wanted it all when I set out to find a way to move to Spain in 2009. I remember searching the WWW high and low for someone like me, someone who’s been there, done that, whom I could ask questions from like “How did you move abroad?” and “How did you find a job in a different country?” Before I made the move to Spain, thoughts of pursuing a life abroad consumed me , I...

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San Francisco in 48 Hours

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Blog, United States, World Travels | 0 comments

I managed to pack in a lot of sight-seeing into just two days in San Francisco. Here’s what I did/saw: Admired the skyscrapers in the Financial District Saw the Christmas lights in Union Square Sampled clam chowder (yes, in a sourdough bowl) and saltwater taffy Explored Chinatown’s gastronomy Went to the Golden Gate Bridge Strolled around Ghirardelii Square Toured Alcatraz Walked around the touristy Pier 39 Found San Francisco’s curviest street; Lombard Wished for bay windows Though I’ve been to San Francisco before, it was great returning as it has been a...

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Christmas Scenes in Algeciras

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Andalusia, Blog, Spain | 0 comments

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Though I’m not going home this year, (boo-hoo!) I refused to let that dampen my Christmas sprit. So, I took a walk around Algeciras to take in some of the Christmas decor and share it with you. A tiny church in Plaza Alta. And the main church in Plaza Alta. Plaza Alta’s Christmas Tree. The Town Hall during a 3-D show. Interesting. An Algecireño street. Lights strung up everywhere. And more lights. Happy Holidays,...

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Where I Went in 2011

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Basque Country, Bilbao, Blog, France, Lekeitio, Madrid, San Sebastían, Spain, Tarifa, United States, World Travels | 0 comments

As the year wraps up, I’m looking back on how amazing it’s been, and how lucky I feel to be enjoying these experiences. This year, though I added just one new country to my list, I added many new destinations and explored my adopted country even more thoroughly. January I started off 2011 fresh from a Christmas visit in my hometown of Seattle. I rang in the New Year in the gorgeous waterfront pueblo of Lekeitio in Basque Country and made several return trips throughout the year. I also returned to Sevilla to explore and it grew on me even more. February A beach escape to Albuefeira,...

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San Francisco’s Chinatown

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Blog, United States, World Travels | 0 comments

During my recent trip back to the United States, I stopped not only in my beautiful city of Seattle, but also in San Francisco, for a week of relaxing with loved ones and sight-seeing. I had been to San Francisco’s Chinatown a few years before, but the memories were fuzzy, so I made sure to include it on my itinerary this time around. I’m so glad I did. Street Art in San Francisco’s Chinatown Chinatown, as to be expected, is certainly unlike the rest of San Francisco. Old men teeter down the streets, the scent of sautéed ginger lingers near restaurant entrances, and street...

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