Why I Canceled My Trip to Spain

Way back in December, when I was rushing through the process of returning to American life and giving up my Spanish student visa … and life as an expat … I purchased roundtrip tickets for my mom and I from Madrid to Vegas. “When would you like to return to Madrid?” The agent had askedContinue reading “Why I Canceled My Trip to Spain”

Reawakening in Spain

“Tonight, can you please take me on a tour of my new barrio?” I ask my friend, Tobi, who has been my unofficial tour guide of all things awesome in Madrid since the second week I moved here. “Yes,” she promises. And then, we’re off. It’s early evening (by Spanish standards) and the sun stillContinue reading “Reawakening in Spain”

Getting a Student Visa for Spain as an American

For most of my adult life, I have dreamed of living in Europe. But, as an American, actually living in Europe beyond the Schengen visa limit of 90 in/90 out in a 180 day period makes it pretty much impossible (unless I get hitched to someone with an EU passport, which is never entirely out ofContinue reading “Getting a Student Visa for Spain as an American”

Daily Wanderlust: The beauty of Toledo, Spain

Toledo, Spain. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986 because of its cultural and monumental heritage, is one of my favorite places in my favorite country. A quick day trip from Madrid, it is easy to spend the day walking through the mazes of ancient, narrow streets en route to finding spectacular vistasContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: The beauty of Toledo, Spain”

Daily Wanderlust: the beaches of Benidorm, Spain

If you’ve ever visited Benidorm, Spain, you will notice it isn’t like other parts of the country. Sure, the beach is beautiful and packed with people, but a large part of the tourist crowd in this neck of the Land of Valencia are of the British variety. Fish and chip shops mingle with tapas bars;Continue reading “Daily Wanderlust: the beaches of Benidorm, Spain”

Daily Wanderlust: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Nic Freeman. Vibrant crops span like a patchwork quilt across the Spanish countryside, hugging the contours of the land all the way to the horizon. The clash of hues – lime and teal, mantis and moss – takes my breath away and stills me mid-step as IContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain”

Daily Wanderlust: Formula 1 in Valencia, Spain

There were many things I got to enjoy during my visit to the Valencia region. For one, we ate. A lot. I had the best meal of my life in Alicante. And, we adventured. Or, tried to. I never have great luck with adventures, especially when it comes to sea navigation. We danced in theContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Formula 1 in Valencia, Spain”

Daily Wanderlust: Benidorm, Spain

Benidorm, Spain is one of those places that seems to have simply sprung up between the crop-covered hills and coast of the Mediterranean. With high-rise hotels jutting up from the flat shoreline, this town is about as non-Spanish as you can get while still being in Spain. Sure, it still has the beautiful squares andContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Benidorm, Spain”

Daily Wanderlust: Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa, Spain. The sign at the edge of the beach says: “the southest town in Europe.” The way the wind whips my hair and pushes the crashing surf, it definitely seems like a dramatic point on the continent. This little beach town is the place where the Atlantic Ocean crashes into the Mediterranean, and whereContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Tarifa, Spain”