A Guide to Getting Your Nom On in C贸rdoba

Happy New Year! What’s better to start of 2017 then with some food? 馃槈 One of the (many) wonderful things about southern Spain is the cheap food! If you’re anything like me, then you love to eat and drink and be where the people are, particularly on a sunny terraza. Eating is one of the…

Where to Live in C贸rdoba, Spain

Planning on moving to or visiting C贸rdoba? Congrats, it’s a great little city! Here’s a quick guide of where to live if you’re looking for new home, or if you’re just curious and feel like wandering. For the sake of brevity and readability, I’ve grouped some聽neighborhoods that are聽technically聽independent into one area. Keep in mind that…

That Damn Rusty Lock: A Story of Personal Growth

This is the door that leads to the rooftop of my old apartment building. See that rusty lock there? It was the bane of my existence. It’s safe to say that I was incapable of opening this door. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t get it.聽I would yell, kick the door, and…

A Letter to my School upon my Departure

Dear IES Profesor Tierno Galv谩n, My departure has gotten me all emotional and reflective and I thought it was appropriate for me to write you a letter. So here goes. There are a million things that I could say about this school, but the one that seems the most important is: thank you. Thank you…

Cata del Vino Montilla-Moriles

All year, C贸rdoba awaits the spring. We suffer through the frigid houses, unpredictable downpours, and naked trees for the most wonderful time of the year: May. May is the season of sun, flowers, and festivals; when the heat is still bearable and staying inside is nearly impossible. The first event to kick of the fiesta…

Valencia: 4 reasons why it needs to be on your list

Valencia. We’ve all heard of it… either from Instagram or your favorite orange producer, right? Maybe if you’re a little more ~cultured~, you’ve heard of Las Fallas. But what do we actually know? At least for me, Valencia was one of those cities people would mention in passing as a “cool spot” in Spain, but…

The Curious Guiri’s Guide to Spanish Politics

I can’t tell you the number of conversations about American politics I’ve had that have ended with an “oof, my country’s government is a mess.” The Spaniards usually sympathetically nod and then say, “Have you seen our country?” Many years ago, I made the observation that Spanish history reads much like the plot of a…

Innocent Racism?

I normally delight in the absurdities and humor of life and travel and my blog certainly reflects that. But today, I want to talk about something a little more serious. Unfortunately, there are still some things in life that aren鈥檛 funny at all. In case you didn鈥檛 know, International Peace Day is at the end…

How to Live in Spain…and only work 12 hours a week.

Maybe you鈥檝e been reading my blog and thinking, huh, that looks like fun. Well I鈥檓 here to tell you: You could do it too! I am currently living and working in Spain thanks to the Language and Culture Assistants Program, also known as聽Auxiliares de Conversaci贸n norteamericanos. This is a program sponsored by the Ministry of…

Do you even Christmas, bro?

That’s right. Spain loves Christmas so much that they even invented a verb for it–navidear, “to christmas.” Since mid-November, the C贸rdoba city center has been abuzz with Christmas preparations. They’ve hung decorations the city center, stores have put displays in their windows, shoppers have rushed to take advantage of discounts. And now that it’s finally…

3.5 Ways to Callejear like a Boss

You may be wondering 鈥 what the hell does 鈥渃allejear鈥 mean? It鈥檚 one of those wonderful Spanish words that defies translation. The closest we can get in English is 鈥渢o wander down streets鈥 鈥 in Spanish 鈥渃alle鈥 means 鈥渟treet鈥; hence 鈥渃allejear鈥 is the verb. (Unfortunately this doesn鈥檛 apply to all nouns鈥擨鈥檝e tried to make 鈥渇iestaear鈥…

5 Spanish Phrases and How to Use Them

You鈥檝e moved to Spain and you鈥檝e learned Spanish. So you think. My biggest complaint with what I call 鈥渢extbook鈥 Spanish is that it doesn鈥檛 prepare you for an actual conversation. When I graduated high school I could write you an essay on the effects of climate change, but my friend-making ability didn鈥檛 extend far beyond…