Posts tagged black women living abroad
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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Why You Should Move Abroad In Your 30s

Why should you move to Spain in your 28s? Your 33s? Your 42s? Because. You. Want. To. And unlike the vast majority of the 23-year-olds you are bound to encounter, you’ve lived that adult American life, and you know exactly what you’re walking away from. If you're on the fence about whether or not to take the plunge, this article is for you! 

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5 Ways to Live in Spain Long Term

Perhaps you're in love with the idea of Spain and its sandy beaches, perpetually blue skies and exquisite cuisine. It's possible that you've settled into a job that you adore, and have no intention of leaving any time soon. Maybe you've fallen in love with an actual Spaniard and you don't want to live anywhere else.

Whatever your backstory, here's what you need to know about living in Spain long term.

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Five Reasons Why You Need to Get Tinder When You're Abroad

Okay, it’s time to talk about Tinder. Don’t worry; this article isn’t going to make you feel horrible about yourself if you use it. We get it… we know the story, dating nowadays is tough. Some people might even say that dating culture doesn’t exist anymore. For reasons like this, many people turn to Tinder in hopes of meeting new people (guilty as charged). This isn’t to say that people who use the app don’t believe in true love but sometimes it just comes down to the fact that we live in a busy, fast-paced society and it’s an easy way to get to know others.

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Navigating the Rocky Road of Dating Abroad

You've uprooted your entire life. Everything that you know and that provided the context for who you are is on the other side of the world. Your current experiences and the newness that surrounds you could be forcing you to question what you've known up until that point, aspects of your culture, your country's approach to deeper issues, etc. Here's how to navigate dating abroad! 

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Why I Moved Abroad With My Family

I have always wanted to move to Europe and become a photographer. I was indoctrinated into being a Francophile as a child by my French immersion public school education.  There has always been something about Europe that pulled at my heartstrings and I have always known the moment I had a chance to go that I should. The Spain happened...

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Seek Simplicity: How To Lead a Balanced Life

Despite popular belief, living a balanced life is something that is much easier to attain than one would think. Whether you're an avid traveler, expat, entrepreneur or just someone who is trying to live their best life, simplicity is something that should be longed for. When you take the time to slow down and make the most of each moment, balance enters into the picture and everything comes with a bit more ease. Here are four tips on how to lead a more balanced life, each and every day. 

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5 Things I’ve learned about the U.S. since I’ve left the U.S.

I’ve learned a great deal since I made the decision to move abroad. I’ve learned that Google maps is no match for cities older than the U.S. I’ve learned that the ten years I spent navigating the NYC subway system equipped me with the ability to decipher virtually any subway system in the world; and most recently, during a meal in Portugal that left me nothing short of breathless, I learned that Anthony Bourdain is always right.

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LMDES Event Recap: BCN Brunch

For the first time ever, LMDES ventured out to Barcelona to host a memorable brunch. On Saturday morning, women from all over the world came together to make new connections, share a meal and indulge in the beauty of this Catalonian city. Ladies with a variety of backgrounds, interesting stories, hopes, and dreams came together and found connection in beautiful ways. Find out what happened at the LMDES brunch! 

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Overcoming the Fear of International Travel

So, what role should the news play in the decisions we make for travel and even living? The most important challenge is to examine the misconceptions and stereotypes that we have of each other and educate ourselves about the world from an array of different sources. Have you ever let fear dictate your travel choices? 

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LMDES Event Recap: Madrid Afternoon Soirée

A few weeks ago, over 50 people of color came together one Saturday afternoon to celebrate life and the thriving community of expats in Spain. When living abroad, there is nothing more comforting than feeling like you’re a part of a collective of like-minded individuals. The afternoon was filled with meaningful conversation, inspiring stories and influencers from many different fields coming together for a memorable time. Find out more of what happened at the LMDES Madrid Soirée!

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Meet La Morena: Khephra W

If you're an ex-pat in Madrid, and you don't recognize this name: where have you been! Don't worry, we're here to introduce you to Ms. Khephra White: theater-lover, self-proclaimed yogi, Southern Belle with a sailor's vocabulary, and one of the best cooks on the Iberian Peninsula! Keep reading to find out about how the New Orlean's native finds community in Madrid, Spain.

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