32 Reasons Why I Love Spain – an open letter

Dear Spain, I know our relationship has had its ups and downs. You have your problems and I have mine. Neither of us is perfect. And I admit

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Gastro-this and hipster-that: lost in the new Madrid

Time flies. It seems like just yesterday I got off that plane at Barajas and started my new life in Madrid. And if not yesterday, then last week. But it

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Ten Years of Spanish Life: Oh God Why?

Big news, y’all. Tomorrow, 21 October 2014, marks ten years since I arrived in Spain. Besides the obvious questions this raises – Where exactly did my life go?

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Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Give Me Money

Teaching English is, of course, a seasonal enterprise. In January, everybody in Spain decides that this will be the year. The year they finally become bilingual (and ideally

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Immigration in Spain – How to Have an Ellis Island Experience

We all know about Ellis Island – the famous funnel that for decades brought immigrants into New York City. No American History class would be complete without the

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5 reasons why living in Spain is pretty damn glamorous

You feel that? If you’ve been living in Spain for a while, I’m sure you have. You’re at home in your room in a shared flat, listening to your

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Cómo ligar en inglés – Frases para ligar que sí funcionan

¿Cómo ligar en inglés? Ojalá supiera… Pero cuidado. Que hay muchos malos consejos sobre el ligoteo por ahí. A saber… Una importante empresa internacional de enseñanza de idiomas

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False Anglicisms in Spanish: friki, footing, puenting, feeling and more

Spanish people use a lot of false anglicisms. The other day I wrote an article that I feel is destined for fame in the Spanish-speaking world. It’s about

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Conversation with a hairstylist in Madrid

This happened to me. For real. This morning. Here in Madrid… or at least in Vallecas. I went to the place I’ve been going to for a few

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The most ambiguous sentence in the Spanish language

“A ver si tomamos algo” is perhaps the most ambiguous sentence in the Spanish language. Roughly translated as “Maybe we could have a drink together some day,” it

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