On Accepting Homesickness

I’ve been lying to myself for awhile now and it’s time to come clean. I didn’t even realize I was doing it, my boyfriend did. It was about a week before Thanksgiving that Dani told me, “Heather, you’re homesick.” What? Me? No way! Don’t you use the “H” word with me! Sure, I miss my family and friends like anyone would – moving abroad is incredibly hard – but …

A Tapa Crawl Through Santiago de Compostela

The Spanish take eating very seriously. Each town, province, and region in Spain set aside different weeks throughout the year to host food festivals and gastronomic events to show off their culinary skills. Right now, from the 12th to the 29th of November (2015), Santiago de Compostela is holding its 8th annual Santiago(é)Tapas Contest, with 55 participating bars and over 100 tapas to try. A few of my North-American friends and I decided to …

How a Small Town in Galicia Became My Home

This article has been a long time coming. A year and a half, to be exact, since that’s how long it took to finally get here. Since I talk a lot about Galicia on this blog, and will continue to do so, I wanted to share the story of how a small town here became my home. I’m sure some have already guessed it: I fell in love …

Pisos 101: How to Find an Apartment in Spain

I recently posted an article and video on how to pack when moving to Spain. (If you missed them, have a look!) Since then I’ve gotten several requests for a post about apartment (piso) hunting for newcomers. So here is everything you need to know about how to find an apartment in Spain. When it comes to living abroad, the apartment you choose to live in can make or break your time in that …

Buying Prescription Glasses or Contacts in Spain

This week my one-year anniversary of living in Spain happened to coincide with my God-knows-how-long anniversary with the same pair of glasses—it was time to bite the bullet and buy some new specs. I’d much rather spend money on fun things, like tomar copas with friends or ir de vacaciones, but I suppose seeing is alright. If you’re traveling or moving to Spain and fall into the category of less-than-perfect eyesight like me, …