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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 […]

September is my new New Year

25 Sep

Recently I’ve been thinking that September has replaced January 1st as my new New Year. In Southern Europe, it is a time when people are returning from their summer holidays, refreshed from their full MONTH of PAID vacation (which is so difficult for many Americans to comprehend) and ready to dive back into their day-to-day […]


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, […]

Döner: the European Burrito

21 Sep

Burritos have been on my mind lately.  There’s been a meme going around the internet that keeps reminding me that it has been FIVE MONTHS since I’ve eaten a burrito.  Five months!! There are a few Mexican restaurants here, but they are sad imitations of real Mexican food.  I would not order a burrito from […]

A few insights into Italian culture

19 Sep

In the two days since I returned from spending a week in Bologna and a day in Florence, I’ve been noting more differences between Italian culture and Spanish culture now that I’m seeing them in juxtaposition: I barely ate any vegetables in Italy. I mean, almost NO vegetables. I’d estimate that I cumulatively ate 6 […]

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 […]

We love lemon!

2 Sep

As a Mediterranean country, citrus grows well here.  So it’s not surprising to find a lot of lemon used in beverages here, and a bit in the cuisine as well.  Lemons are cheap and are often sold in 1-kilo bags (usually 8-10 lemons, depending on their size). It didn’t take much time for us to […]

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 […]

Summer is here!

23 Jun

Slowly but surely we’re starting to fall into the rhythm of life here in Barcelona.  After an unusually long Spring, the heat has finally descended and we now understand the reason for afternoon naps (during peak heat), late dinners, staying up even later into the night when the temperature is mild, and sleeping in.  Most […]

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 […]