Last Friday, I finally got my NIE, a small piece of semi-laminated paper that confirms I’m a resident of Spain. What’s the big deal? Free healthcare. But it’s also symbolic, proof that I’ve officially sunk my roots into Spanish soil. Four months ago, I had just landed in Madrid. I stood out as a blue-eyed… Read More Four Months
A 3-day weekend in Logroño, the home of Spain’s La Rioja wine. Empty villages, medieval churches, and bottomless glasses of wine.
A good bottle of wine in Spain costs three euros. Decent bottles can be as cheap as 1.50 and five euros is considered a splurge. We drink wine at dinner almost every night and we bring wine to friends’ houses for dinner. Wine is so intrinsic to the Spanish system that locals meet for un… Read More 5 Tips for the Perfect Weekend in La Rioja
I couldn’t remember the number six. I froze, my body edging toward panic mode. The lady across the counter waited for me impatiently to finish saying my phone number. Her look conveyed a mixture of pity and frustration: who moves to Spain without being able to even say their phone number in Spanish? I resorted to… Read More Lost in Translation