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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 …

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 …

Carnaval Shenanigans 2016

This past weekend was my second time attending the Carnaval shenanigans here in Spain, and I have to say, this year was even better than the last! Carnaval, or Mardi Gras in the U.S., is a huge street fair celebrated annually in predominantly Catholic countries around the world, especially in southern Europe and Brazil. It marks the beginning of the Catholic Lent season and is the last …