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Festa Major de Gracia  Posted on 08/17/2015
  It’s that time of year again. Time to wander through the throngs of people gathering in the neighborhood of Gràcia to check out the street decoration contest, dance to some live music, eat street food, buy drink after...
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Where is the Volume Control Knob?  Posted on 07/22/2015
  …because I would like to notch it down, just a tad. Let me explain. Shouting is literally (and I don’t use that word as a misuse of the word figuratively. I mean Literally with a capital L) considered a normal speaking...
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Dental work in Spain – Do I dare?  Posted on 06/11/2015
  I need to get some chipped teeth fixed. I ask for recommendations and receive a few. I make an appointment with one that seems good. The receptionist looks like she brushes her teeth with tobacco. The dentist is about 30 and has a...
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Caught in a summer storm  Posted on 06/09/2015
  This time last year I got caught in a sudden summer storm. I left my office and was just reaching for a Bicing (shared city bike) around 9:00PM when the fat drops started to fall hard and fast. Within 30 seconds, the ground was...
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Getting Legal – The Non-Lucrative Residency Visa  Posted on 05/01/2015
  A few posts ago, we explored getting a long term student visa via a language school. If you don’t need to learn Spanish, there is another straightforward  residency visa you can apply for in Spain: The Non-Lucrative...
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Open letter to Spanish ladies  Posted on 02/28/2015
Dear Spanish ladies, I know you aren’t always at the cutting edge of fashion, what with the mullet still a popular hairstyle, wearing leggings as pants, and confusing style with the sporting of designer labels – and I...
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Getting Legal – The Student Visa  Posted on 02/16/2015
The second most common question I receive after the where should I live question is the “How Can I Stay Legally as an American?” question. There are several ways to get residency in Spain–either for the short or long...
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Parenting in Spain  Posted on 12/23/2014
I’m not a tolerant person when it comes to poorly behaved children. So of course, I live in a country that has the most unruly children I have yet to witness in this lifetime. Obviously, it is no fault of the children. Children will...
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Currency conversion fees – Possible solution?  Posted on 11/07/2014
If you have been reading this blog, you know that for six years I have been transferring money to myself from my US bank to my Spanish bank via two Paypal accounts. For those of you who don’t know, I freelance primarily in the US and...
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It’s August in Barcelona  Posted on 08/25/2014
It’s mid August, and the city feels lopsided. The center is crowded, the tour buses full, but the outskirts are eerily empty. Beaches are packed and bicycle paths are full of strolling tourists blocking riders (THIS is why I have a...
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