First Things First

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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Short term accommodation in Barcelona

The most important thing to do before you arrive in Spain is find some comfortable short term accommodation. There is a good reason for this: You want to figure out which area of town fits you best, as well as what you are willing to live with –or without– before committing yourself to a location […]

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Daily Life

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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Daily Life, People

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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Money, Work

Salaries in Spain

Posted on 26 July 2014

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 […] Continue Reading

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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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