Posts tagged living in spain long term
How Moving To Europe Can Help You Finally Get Fit

When getting ready to move to Europe, the thought of weight gain (or weight loss) is probably one of the first things that come to mind, and with good reason. The endless accessibility to fresh bread and high quality yet affordable wine is tempting on so many levels. I’ll start by saying this, while living in Spain I’ve been the heaviest weight I’ve ever been in my life, as well as the healthiest. Hear me out...

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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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Do Long Distance Relationships Work? 5 Things to Consider First!

Although I’ve never been in one, I have however, turned down the opportunity. In fact, right before I moved to Spain I was faced with this decision with someone I was dating at the time. All love and admiration aside, there were concrete reasons why I knew that a long distance relationship wasn’t for me.Here are the factors I considered and what you should consider if you’re thinking about entering a long distance romance:

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Slow Living in Spain: 4 Things I've Learned

There I was walking barefoot along the beautiful coast of Bolonia, enjoying  an empty beach with views of Africa in the distance, and all I could think about was the fact that I hadn’t gone on my run for the day. When I expressed this regret to my Spanish boyfriend, he reminded me, once again, that the purpose of a vacation is not to be productive, and to be present is essential.

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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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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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The Beauty Of Coming Back: The Ups and Downs of Long Term Travel

Having the ability to travel the world is something that is a luxury that is not afforded to everyone. Being able to see and experience new places is a complete blessing that should not be taken in stride. In the last month, I was in constant movement, traveling for both work and pleasure but in that time, I became aware of the many affects that “long term travel” can have. Moving through different cities, 15 times in one month was an amazing learning experience and here’s some advice from what I’ve learned. 

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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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