Heather

I’m an American expat living in Galicia. I want to inspire travel, learn a dozen languages, and try every food in the world.

Galego Sen Fronteiras: Week 2 Program Review

Friends in Galician course

In my last post I began writing all about my experience with the Galego Sen Fronteiras Galician language program I recently completed in Santiago de Compostela. When I left off, I had just finished Week 1 of the course, which you can read my review of here. If you’re interested in learning Galician or living in Galicia’s capital, then you’re in the right place because I’m diving …

Galego Sen Fronteiras: Week 1 Program Review

Nobody freak out! Yes, I’m alive. And yes I’m still blogging. Sorry for such a long hiatus from posting anything. This summer has been going 100 miles per hour since it began and somehow it’s now August. So far this summer I’ve traveled to London, País Vasco, the south of France, and the Cíes Islands, all of which I’ll be writing about very soon. But …

The Tastes of Carnaval: Cocido, Orellas, Filloas

I was certain that after two full weeks, this year’s Carnaval had to be over. Like last year’s shenanigans, we had celebrated the first seven days with parties, botellones, lunches, costume contests. Our days off from school had ended and we were back to the usual grind. Thanks to Galicia’s infamous rain, many rescheduled parties had spilled into the second weekend, but all of that had finished. With wigs and costumes packed away for …

Auxiliares de Conversación: Renewing Profex for Another Year

As all of us auxiliares de conversación in Spain know, early January to April is the most exciting time of the year for one main reason: THE APPLICATION PERIOD TO REAPPLY OPENS UP! Of course after a second of using the North American Language and Culture Program’s page-that-shall-not-be-named (Profex), we all know how fast that excitement vanishes. Whether it’s your second, third, or even fourth year (like me) as a language …

How To Get An Empadronamiento in Spain

So you packed up your things and made the big move to Spain. Great! But now what? The first month here can be a bit daunting as you’re searching for an apartment and applying for your NIE/TIE residency card. Where do you start? Well the first step in this unenjoyable bureaucratic process is to get an empadronamiento. But don’t worry, this part is very easy, and it’s FREE! What is the empadronamiento? …