Posts tagged 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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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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5 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season Abroad

What happens if you can’t be in your home country during the most wonderful time of the year? Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of the holidays when you’re far from home.

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I Ain’t Sorry: Small Steps To Start Living Unapologetically This Year

We are constantly looking to be the best versions of ourselves and to live an authentic life. It's time to take the steps you need to become the kind of person that turns heads when you walk in the room. The solution is different than what you think! 

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Calling All Engaged Citizens: How To Help Your Community From Abroad

One of the hardest parts of living abroad that may not at first be obvious is figuring out how to be an engaged citizen of your home country from the other side of the world. It’s especially easy to feel that way now with the recent election causing a lot of division and tension in the United States. Short of returning home to be in the middle of the action, I’ve started wondering what I can do from where I am now in order to contribute to my community.

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What's the Difference Between Studying Abroad and Living Abroad?

As someone who spent a semester in Granada, I can agree with the cliché. From classes to traveling the only thing you’re truly required to do while at a university or language school is go to class. Life becomes so simple that many people, like me, fall in love with the idea of living abroad after returning home to cope with reverse culture shock. However, studying abroad and living abroad in another language and culture have their differences.

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The Importance of Sisterhood When Living Abroad

You'll cross paths with many a wanderer while living abroad, especially if you're stationed semi-permanently in a home-base. You'll meet all kinds of travelers and expats, and you'll begin to see the group thin out as the years go. Don't be discouraged. From my experience, the connections that I've made with some extraordinary people have a lasting power that neither of us anticipated! That said, living abroad and finding female friends means being discerning, but also open and vulnerable. 

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Reflections on Life Abroad: Advice to my Younger Self

Pondering the last decade, or so, of my life has been prevalent more than ever lately. Undoubtedly, because I just turned another year older. Another year older, another year wiser, right? So, what advice would my wiser, more mature self, give to my younger, inept self? Here goes…

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5 Ways to Feel Connected When You're Far Away from Home

Let's be frank: even the most experienced of travelers feel moments of longing for home. In this case, home doesn't necessarily refer to a building with four walls and a roof insomuch as it alludes to comfort zone, area code, continent, loved ones, frame of mind, or version of yourself in a specific moment and place in time. How do we as nomads, explorers, or passport-stamp addicts feel close when we're so far away? 

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That Blue Gold: Reflections on American Privilege

We, those of us who are POC and decided to travel outside our homeland, have and are etching our own American story, elsewhere. Thing is, we can always come back to the states if we so choose too. I think ‘choose’ is the operative word here. After having many conversations here in Spain with immigrants from Africa or elsewhere, even American’s who have immigrant roots: these people didn’t have the privilege to choose to leave, many had to. Let's talk about American privilege... 

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Summer Series: In The Kitchen with LMDES // Caldo de Mariscos

Soup is good for the soul. Hot or cold, it doesn’t matter. After living in South Texas for a while and across the road from my job was a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant that made the best Caldo de Mariscos. After moving abroad I knew I would have to try to make it myself. I think it’s better than the original. I've added a few tweaks to this recipe and whenever I make it, it tastes like home in the best way possible! Find out how to make it and download your free cookbook! 

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