Language Assistants in Spain: Getting Ready for the Big Move

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably received your regional placement as a Language Assistant in Spain… congrats! If you’re like most first-time auxiliares, this will be your first time living overseas for more than a just study abroad stint, and let’s just say… it’s different. Different in lots of good ways, and a few stressful ways, but absolutely different.
The truth is, there’s quite a bit that you won’t be able to do until you arrive – finding a piso (apartment) you love, setting up a bank account, securing a Spanish SIM card, etc. There are, however, a few things you can do now to make the transition a whole helluvalot easier when you arrive, and here are my top 3: consulates, cash & communication.

A Burning Ring of Fire: Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain

I Fell Into A Burning Ring of Fire: Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain Ear-splitting explosions, blazing bonfires, enormous burning effigies and packs of feral children playing with matches. Nope, it’s not a war zone or the latest post-apocalyptic blockbuster. Welcome to Las Fallas; Valencia’s premiere party and one of the biggest, craziest festivals in all of…

Dos & Don’ts of Spain’s #1 Carnaval

This weekend begins the beautiful debauchery of one of Spain’s most cherished festivos. If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating in one of the top Carnaval hotspots in Spain – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Cadiz, Sitges – get ready to be dazzled. From shimmering, sequined gowns and luminous firework displays…

About Me: Getting Lost & Finding Myself

At age 18, having never so much as boarded a plane, I packed my bags and embarked on a 13-hour flight to New Zealand. It changed everything. That fateful summer opened my eyes not only to the world, but to another way of life. I had a taste of adventure and I wanted more. Over…

Bewitching Barcelona Top 10

Barcelona truly does have something for everyone – golden beaches, world famous architecture, trendy boutiques, street musicians and nightlife that doesn’t quit. Here are my top 10 spots to get lost in.