Posts tagged black in spain
Black in Spain: Beauty Standards and Exoticisms

As a black person living in a country like Spain where the population is largely homogenous – at least in outward appearance – it’s not an uncommon occurrence to find out that you’ve instantly become a walking museum exhibit. For many, you’re one of the few chances they have to get an up-close look – or touch – of this rarely-seen specimen that is a black person. Does that mean it’s ok for someone to breach your personal space for a rub of your skin or a grab at your hair? No. But it does help explain why it’s happening. 

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Black in Spain: "But, Where Are You Really From?" and the Questioning of Black Americans

Often, when I introduce myself to other people here, the question is asked, “De donde eres?” (Where are you from?)  With my typical response being, “Soy Americana.” (I’m American.)

On more occasions than I can count, my answer has been received with a mixture of surprise and slight disbelief. The person I’m speaking to either repeats the word, as if to confirm that they’ve heard me correctly,

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Black In Spain: Morena, Negra... What's In a Name?

African-American, black, colored, negro. All of these terms are familiar to me. They have been used to describe my features, my race, my people – both in the past and present – in the country I call home. But what do I call myself here? Read more to hear about this narrative on race in Spain. 

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Natural Hair Travel: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Hair is important, but it's not the end of the world. The reason we stress caring for natural hair especially on the road is because looking our best is linked to feeling our best! Inside and out! Natural hair, as many of you may know, is a marathon, not a sprint! How do you care for your natural hair while traveling? Check out a few mistakes we've made, and save yourself the extra steps!

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Keep it Warm + Trendy: Outfit Ideas for Winter in Spain

Coming from Minnesota, USA, I know cold. Not just your average it’s snowing cold, I’m talking your below 20 have to warm up your car for 10 minutes before you drive cold. So when locals here told me that northern Spain is the coldest place they’ve ever been I just laughed. The coldest it gets here is maybe 15 degrees. They don’t know my struggles. I love autumn and winter fashion so I’m always excited when this time of year rolls around. 

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3 Ideas Originales Para La Primera Cita

This post is as much for women as it is for men: everyone wants to have a fantastic first date. Even though the ideas that I’m going to give are related to Madrid, they are universal and can be modified for your own cities. Either way, the main point is to plan your date or at the very least have some ideas in mind. There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and spending twenty minutes asking: But, what do you want to do?

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Poco a Poco: On Spanish Language and Political Correctness

I have a really bad habit of translating thoughts from English to Spanish when I want to communicate, which anyone will tell you is completely disruptive to language learning. Nonetheless, after 3 years, it’s a bad habit I’ve been steadfast at keeping. This summer, I’ve been turning over a new leaf by poco a poco reading more in Spanish, writing down and looking up colloquial phrases when they come up...

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How to Use Time Management to Combat Homesickness

Homesickness is nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn’t mean that you don’t like where you are, nor does it mean that you want to leave. It means that you’re trying to find your place in a new environment and are being pulled by both the old and the new. It’s normal and it comes and goes. It’s important to recognize it for what it is and be proactive. Here's how to use time management to combat homesickness. 

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Paseítos: Meet Majida

Paseítos is the newest LMDES video series where we bring you stories, advice and inspiration from the expat community that has been living in Spain for quite some time. Chatting with entrepreneurs, yoga instructors, foodies and more you’ll get to hear what life is like from our diverse group of expats. Meet Majida. 

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