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, …

How Everything Went Wrong My First Week as an Auxiliar de Conversación

The single most important skill you must have when traveling or living abroad is the ability to problem-solve. In life, being able to solve problems is the mark of a self-sufficient adult. While traveling, it’s the main determinant of whether you will run out of money, become stranded in a foreign location, or if you make it back home again. Though I already knew this very well having lived abroad and …

The 30 Most Galician Things That Will Happen to You While (Living) in Galicia

Before coming to Galicia, Spain, I knew almost nothing about the northwest region or its people. Guidebooks don’t go into much depth about it. My college Spanish courses barely mentioned it. Even after spending a year in the south of Spain, I only learned that most of the Spanish don’t know much about this mysterious region either. Galicia is truly the hidden gem of Spain. So …

The Best Tips on How to Pack Like a Pro for Spain

Moving to Spain? Not sure how to pack up your life and fit it into a suitcase? I’ve been there, dreading it for weeks prior to departure. That’s why I came up with this list of tips so you can pack like a pro for the big move. Before the wave of anxiety hits you and you question this big decision, take a second to applaud …

Video: How to Pack for a Year in Spain

Hey there future expats! After making the big move twice, here’s my detailed video of how to pack and what to bring when moving to Spain. Read my full article of pro packing tips! My full packing list from the video: Suitcase 10-25 shirts (edit) (optional) a couple dresses around 5 pairs of jeans around 5 pairs of shorts 2-3 pairs of sweatpants/comfy pants (optional) skirts 5-8 long …