Posts tagged US expat stories
Understanding Blackness Abroad — How To Shift From Struggle to Joy

Before moving to Spain, blackness wasn't something that was internalized in the same way as it might be abroad. We all yearn to leave the US for a number of reasons but some weigh heavy more than others. This long-term expat in Spain shares her story, inspiration and meaningful tips on how to understand your blackness abroad and learn to thrive. 

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Soy Estadounidense... Y No Es Como Las Peliculas

Hace poco tiempo, Buzzfeed empezó a publicar unos vídeos muy interesantes que se llaman "I'm X, but I'm not X." La idea es enfrentar los estereotipos, y eliminarlos. Por ejemplo, hay un vídeo sobre los musulmanes, los bisexuales, las mujeres, los asexuales y los cristianos. Un detalle bastante importante: las personas afectadas por estas ideas equivocadas pueden hablar por si mismos y cambiar su propia narrativa. Es nuestro turno: somos estadounidenses, pero. . . 

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6 Things the U.S. Could Learn From Spain

Spain has opened me up to a lot of new experiences. As I began to fit into Spanish culture, I realized that Spain does things a bit differently from the U.S. In fact, there are a lot of things that I feel that the United States could actually learn from Spain and even adopt. That’s right. You’ve cheated me out of good soda for far too long, U.S. (See #4.)

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From Yoga Pants to Oxfords: A Personal Style Evolution

This is my fifth year living in Madrid, and I was looking at a few photos from when I first arrived. My, how things have changed! As a woman of color with a body type that’s not as common here, finding positive representations of myself in the fashion world and the day-to-day was difficult, and still is challenging. Luckily, not only do I have my confidence back (I really want to say swag), but I also know where to look for inspiration.

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