Cat Gaa of Sunshine & Siestas
This is a wonderful starting point if you’re on your way or considering a stay in Spain. What Cat has put together after years of trial and error is absolutely phenomenal. Whether you’re curious about obtaining a driver’s license in Spain, how to apply to the auxiliares program, the cost or living in your new home... or if you’re stationed in Sevilla and need new tapas bars to try; this is the site for you.
Cat is co-founder of COMO Consulting (with her partner Haley) and I highly recommend their e-book that’s available for download now. From one Chicago girl to another, I love a success story of taking lemons (Spanish bureaucracy) and making kick-ass lemonade!
Do you like history? How about architecture? Well, couple those two things in beautiful, breath-taking photos and you have one of many reasons to follow Trevor Huxham’s blog. Not only are there beautiful pictures to look at, the writing goes into extraordinary detail so you know exactly what you’re looking at. Trevor’s blog is extremely easy to maneuver and well-organized. He has tabs for specific topics such as Auxiliares and travel related posts. Trevor goes into great detail about more practical things like filing taxes abroad, applying for a visa, renewing your position in the program and combatting homesickness.
According to his website, he’s now in Galicia and if that’s where you’re headed next year, I recommend paying his informative blog a visit.
Awanda of Go Natural Spain
Women of color, hear my roar! You have to take a peek at Awanda Pérez’s GO Natural Spain. Her page is full of useful articles on products to try, hairstyle inspiration and interviews with models and hair icons. It’s also a great way to practice reading in Spanish if you don’t know how already. Awanda is passionate about natural hair care and self-love and I fully support the GO Natural movement.
Lauren of Spanish Sabores
This blog gives me wanderlust and makes me crave, well everything, all at the same time! Its layout is very simplistic which makes it easier to maneuver and find exactly what you’re looking for. Honestly, from the traditional Spanish recipes to the travel tips – perfectly organized by region and some times city, all the way to the food tours, this site has it all. If you’re craving an “aww” moment, take a look at the lovely post on how she met her husband! If you’re like me and book trips based on local cuisine options, head to Spanish Sabores and go wild! The possibilities are endless.
Chelsea of Rookie Notes
Chelsea’s blog is great for first timers who are too afraid to ask questions for fear of sounding like a novice. Do you want to know how to obtain a passport for the first time? Look no further. Are you curious about Spanish banks and making wire transfers? Chelsea has been there and done that. Honestly, Chelsea writes as if she were your best friend answering all the questions you were too shy to bring up. She’s made mistakes and learned from them, and now she’s paying it forward!
Danni, Community Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native who currently resides in Madrid, Spain. She's a lover of language, words, and travel and has managed to combine all her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flights deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful life partner. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.