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Home for a Third Culture Kid

28 Oct

This term came up frequently in conversation this weekend with various people I met or interacted with during London Decom and the tangential socializing.  More than one person teared up when they realized that I had just articulated something that resonated deeply with their experience, so I thought it worthy of sharing with others as […]

Traveling

8 Oct

I write this as I prepare to leave for a 13-day stint in the US tomorrow.  Today is only my second day home after a week in London, and when we left for London we had only been home a week since getting back from our wedding in Bologna.  I am loving all the adventures, […]

Navigating banking and bill paying in a foreign land

5 Sep

I wasted several hours today trying to figure out how to pay our mobile phone bills.  This story is a great illustration of numerous experiences we’ve had trying to navigate the banking, bill paying, and bureaucracy here.  The systems for these sorts of things are pretty different from the US, so it’s all a learning process […]

On tribes

15 Jul

When Aleta and I were planning our departure from the US, I kept thinking how wrong it felt to leave the amazing tribe of friends I have. What am I doing? I love my friends! Well, this was one of those times when you have to perserve and believe that you can keep your friendships […]

Food, part one (of many)

4 Jul

Today, July 4, marks my 90th day in the EU, most of which were spent in Spain.  I marked Day 90 on the calendar because I entered the EU on a Shengen 90-day tourist visa, and if I wasn’t able to gain legal residency before today, I would have to leave all Shengen territories for […]

One month

27 May

It’s hard to believe that a full month has passed since we arrived. Things are starting to fall into place: Rob now has his NIE & residency card, which gives him full access to his bank account, as well as the ability to sign other contracts such as signing up for Bicing, the city bike-sharing […]

Health Insurance

12 May

Today we completed our third week in Barcelona, and accomplished one of the major hurdles of establishing residency.  Rob is now an official resident of Spain as of Wednesday!  This opens quite a few doors to us that were previously closed.  As soon as that was done, we immediately completed the process of setting up […]

Catch-22

29 Apr

This week we are focusing our energies on obtaining our NIE, (the Spanish equivalent of a green card in the U.S.), and our Tarjeta de Residencia, which recognizes a foreigner’s residency and allows them to work and generally go about their daily lives without too much trouble.  To get the NIE, we need either proof […]

Código Postal! Our first week in review.

28 Apr

We’ve been in Barcelona for a week now — its been an amazing week too. We’d set out a plan to get a pile of things done in the first week — some worked out as planned and others are spilling over into the next week. All things involving US banks are moving painfully slow. […]

Day 3: Books, Roses, and Ikea

23 Apr

We are completing our third day here in Barcelona and things are starting to come together.  Yesterday we got phone numbers, albeit temporary until we have a NIE for our mobile contract, and we have wifi in the apartment (halleluia!) after introducing ourselves to our neighbor who generously provided his password for us to use […]