Money, Work

Salaries in Spain

Salaries in Spain and How People Live on Them I’ve talked about this topic before more or less in my Cost of Living in Barcelona post, but in this post I’ve interviewed another American expat for a little different perspective (though it turns out it is not so different than mine). My interviewee makes about […]

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Money

The cost of living in Barcelona question – answered!

About once a month in the winter and once a week during the 3 other seasons, I receive a question regarding the cost of living in Barcelona, usually in the form of: “What do you think is the minimum someone needs to earn per month to live comfortably in Barcelona?” Sometimes there is more to it, […]

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Money, Work

How not to budget your move to Spain

Whether you are in Spain for a finite amount of time and are interested in making a permanent move, have made the actual move and are living here, or have no plans to either stay or leave but week after week find you are still here (as was the case with me four years ago), […]

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Money, Work

Salaries in Spain and the standard of living

Note: This was originally the last part of the post: Working in Spain but has been expanded and thus warranted (in my opinion) its own, albeit short-ish, post. You know that moving here requires a change in your cultural expectations, some of which you will be prepared for and some of which will leave you shaking your head […]

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Managing money in Spain

Banking in Spain Don’t stress about banking in Spain, it’s the one thing I can say they are very efficient at. Unlike in the US, there are no wait times on deposits nor transfers – they are instantaneous. The most popular bank in Catalunya is Caixa Catalunya, after which is probably La Caxia. All you need […]

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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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Work

Expat Interview: Lisette on Teaching English

Posted on 03 July 2014

This is the first in a series of interviews with fellow American expats, where I ask them the questions that my readers ask me. In this interview, I talk with Lisette about teaching English as a non-EU resident. I hope ya’ll find it helpful and informative. How difficult is it to find a company that […] Continue Reading

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Daily Life

The Endless Dinner

Posted on 15 May 2014

I just can’t get used to the phenomenon here in Spain that is the Endless Dinner. It’s quite normal to meet at 8pm for dinner and to still be seated at the table at 12:30am. Actually, those hours are more usually 9:30pm and 2am if it is the weekend. Of course, all throughout dinner there will […] Continue Reading

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Spanish Celebrations

La Diada de Sant Jordi

Posted on 24 April 2014

Yesterday was the festival of Sant Jordi, celebrating the patron saint of Catalunya wherein people gift each other either a rose or a book. All over town, there are book stalls and flower stands set up on every corner, and in the city of Barcelona, there is a festival on the Rambla de Raval. This long plaza is […] Continue Reading

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Daily Life

Why so late?

Posted on 20 April 2014

My friends and family (those who have not visited Spain) are bewildered when they call and find me just sitting down to dinner at 10pm. I assure them that this is 1) standard in Spain, and 2) that I’m not trying to conform to any kind of Spanish timetable. Because 10pm feels about right for […] Continue Reading

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Daily Life

An open letter to building contractors in Spain

Posted on 07 March 2014

Dear Spanish contractors of today: I appreciate that you understand that humans, for the most part (though I can think of a few exceptions), do not like living in cold, dark, airless cave-like dwellings.  I don’t know why this escaped your ancestors who built the antique dwellings that pass for apartments here, but evidently it […] Continue Reading

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