First Things First, Visas

Getting Legal – The Non-Lucrative Residency Visa

  A few posts ago, we explored getting a long term student visa via a language school. If you don’t need to learn Spanish, there is another straightforward  residency visa you can apply for in Spain: The Non-Lucrative Residency Visa. This is an option you may not have considered yet, especially if you aren’t familiar […]

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First Things First, Visas

Getting Legal – The Student Visa

The second most common question I receive after the where should I live question is the “How Can I Stay Legally as an American?” question. There are several ways to get residency in Spain–either for the short or long term. I have a long overdue interview I need to publish on this from someone who […]

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Where to live in Barcelona

 A run-down of Barcelona barrios (neighborhoods) One question I get a lot is “Where should I live in Barcelona?” to which my answer is: It depends. It depends on your lifestyle, what you are willing to pay, and which conveniences you need and the inconveniences you are willing to put up with. Do you want […]

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Where to get a phone before you get to Spain?

As I recommend in my upon arriving to Barcelona post, the very first thing to do is get a Spanish phone number! The easiest and fastest way is to buy a cheap, pre-paid phone when you get there, but what if you are the kind of person that wants everything taken care of before arrival? […]

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Five things you must do upon arriving in Barcelona

 First things first Assuming that you have arrived and settled into your short term accommodations, your first or second full day in your new home Barcelona should look something like this. 1. Get a pay-as-you-go Spanish mobile phone.  This is absolutely your number one priority. Don’t worry, it’s easy and it’s cheap. You don’t have to […]

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Dental work in Spain – Do I dare?

Posted on 11 June 2015

  I need to get some chipped teeth fixed. I ask for recommendations and receive a few. I make an appointment with one that seems good. The receptionist looks like she brushes her teeth with tobacco. The dentist is about 30 and has a rotten front tooth. This is someone who is supposed to make […] Continue Reading

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Daily Life

Caught in a summer storm

Posted on 09 June 2015

  This time last year I got caught in a sudden summer storm. I left my office and was just reaching for a Bicing (shared city bike) around 9:00PM when the fat drops started to fall hard and fast. Within 30 seconds, the ground was completely wet as I made a run for shelter below […] Continue Reading

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Open Letters

Open letter to Spanish ladies

Posted on 28 February 2015

Dear Spanish ladies, I know you aren’t always at the cutting edge of fashion, what with the mullet still a popular hairstyle, wearing leggings as pants, and confusing style with the sporting of designer labels – and I don’t expect you to be. But I felt particularly pressed to speak up about a recent disturbing […] Continue Reading

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Parenting in Spain

Posted on 23 December 2014

I’m not a tolerant person when it comes to poorly behaved children. So of course, I live in a country that has the most unruly children I have yet to witness in this lifetime. Obviously, it is no fault of the children. Children will test parents; it is in human nature to test authority and […] Continue Reading

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Currency conversion fees – Possible solution?

Posted on 07 November 2014

If you have been reading this blog, you know that for six years I have been transferring money to myself from my US bank to my Spanish bank via two Paypal accounts. For those of you who don’t know, I freelance primarily in the US and Canada and am paid in US dollars. So I […] Continue Reading

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Daily Life

It’s August in Barcelona

Posted on 25 August 2014

It’s mid August, and the city feels lopsided. The center is crowded, the tour buses full, but the outskirts are eerily empty. Beaches are packed and bicycle paths are full of strolling tourists blocking riders (THIS is why I have a bell on my mountain bike…), yet my usual haunts and regular activity groups host […] Continue Reading

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