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Life in Spain (in a nutshell): 9-month Update

It’s summer right now so school’s out. That means vegging out, binge-watching series and unlimited siesta. It’s also my 9th monthsary of living here in Spain, my second home. Once every three months, I overshare about my life here abroad. So if you’re curious how much I’ve been sucking/succeeding at adulting, read on. Continue Reading

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Explore España: Córdoba

Nothing says SPRING quite like Córdoba in May. Everything screamed ‘springtime’, from the battle of the patios to ubiquitous flower-laden crosses to hare krishna-inspired shrines. Plus, the fact that the whole month is booked for flower power-themed festivals. Thanks to last month’s labor day weekend, we got the perfect chance to visit this lovely Andalusian city in all its blooming glory. Continue Reading

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24 Hours in Florence

Florence is known as the birthplace of Renaissance and it is often considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was unfortunate that we could only stay here for 24 hours. I don’t particularly fancy having only one day in a city but we had to prioritize Rome and Venice. We could have easily skipped Florence and visit it some other time but it was begging to be seen, explored. Continue Reading

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Auxiliar in Spain:
Bank Account, Apartment, Phone, TIE, etc…

I remember this time last year, I received my carta de nombramiento for the Auxiliares de Conversación program. I was so excited because I wanted to live in Spain more than anything. I started emailing the school, did my research about the town, and even stalked my director in Facebook. HAHA. It was all exciting and romantic until you realize there’s loads of things you need to do to get your new life started.

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Roaming the Streets of Rome

It was just another day in Rome, same old streets, same old city, no. Wait, that’s not true. It was just my second day in Rome! On our first day, we visited the Vatican City. Our whole Italy trip lasted 7 days but we had three cities to explore so time was an issue. We wanted to see everything and it was tempting to squeeze as many stuff as we can in our itinerary but that’s now how we roll. We picked our must-sees and saved the others for when we come back *fingers crossed* and we still had an amazing time. Continue Reading

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Explore España: Granada

The boyfriend and I were watching this arty horror Spanish flick Caníbal and it happened to take place in Granada. I take it as a sign that it’s about time to make my post about our last December’s trip to the the long-time capital of Islamic Spain. Next to Sevilla, Granada is the most regarded as the crowning glory of Andalucía. The city breathes an intimate, almost-kind-of-hippie vibe that we find cool and charming. With a great mix of Spanish and Arab cultures, Granada has got that welcoming atmosphere that made us feel that it would be a great city to live in. Continue Reading