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.

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? …

A Foreigner’s Guide to Weddings in Spain

Since the bride and groom delivered the invitations earlier this summer, I had been anxiously awaiting this weekend. Not only were Dani and I happy that our friends were tying the knot, but I was also excited to attend my first wedding in Spain! But not just any wedding—a Galician wedding! To add to the anticipation, everyone kept telling me, “¿Es tu primera boda gallega? ¡Vas a flipar!” (It’s …

13 Things To See And Do In Murcia, Spain

Every time I visit Murcia, Spain, I get asked the same questions. “Why would you go to Murcia? What’s in Murcia?” To say that this region and its capital get overlooked would be an understatement; either people forget Murcia exists or they’ve never heard of it before. Seriously. If you Google “most visited cities in Spain,” Murcia is not in the top FORTY! If you read (an …