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Fuengirola and Mijas: land of Germans and donkeys

While I was living in Málaga in June, I decided to head west on the Costa del Sol to visit my awesome friend Emmalie, who was an auxiliar in the fabulous beach town of Fuengirola! The Costa del Sol, literally “The Sun Coast,” is named thus because it gets over 300 days of sunshine a […]

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Picasso’s Málaga

“Yo he nacido de un padre blanco y de un pequeño vaso de agua de vida andaluza. Yo he nacido de una madre hija de una hija de quince años nacida en Málaga en los Percheles el hermoso toro que me engendra la frente corona de jazmines.” Málaga is home to one of Spain’s most […]

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Málaga: the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro

View of Málaga from the Gibralfaro If Spain has one thing in abundance (besides wine, ham, olives, and men in white capri pants) it has to be ancient fortresses. Fortress: from the medieval Latin fortalitia, fort, castle, citadel, stronghold, bastion. I never, EVER get tired of visiting a castle or fortress. I mean, if it’s […]

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Top 5 Things to do in Málaga

My teaching job in Córdoba, Spain ended in May, which meant that I had the month of June free before I had to be in Switzerland for my friend’s wedding. I really wanted to escape from my unairconditioned piso to the beach, so I could relax and work on getting tan (a seemingly impossible feat […]

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Castillo de Almodóvar del Río

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río In June I finally made it out to a castle I had been dying to go to all year: Castillo de Almodóvar del Río. I had passed by it dozens of times on the train to Sevilla, watching it’s tall towers in the distance, wondering where it was when I […]

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Summer Update!

So I am back in the grand old USA! I flew home two days ago, and I am writing this post at 4 in the morning, thanks jetlag! I have tons of fun blog posts planned for the summer, especially about all my adventures in Spain and Switzerland in June. I thought I’d give you […]

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Summer Summer Summertime

Playa de la Malagueta in Málaga, where I hang out every day, nbd. So summer is officially here! School is out, and it’s in the 90’s everyday. Everyone is out enjoying the sun (or getting sunburned, like me!) I am living on the beach in southern Spain (ok not one of my typical summers, but […]

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A Day in the Life

My walk across Córdoba every morning On my last day of school I decided to bring my camera with me to document my walk. Everyday for 8 months, I walked the same route, rain or shine, and I figured I might as well photograph it (since I photograph everything else). For me it serves as […]

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What do you mean I am here illegally?

*Warning: this is a long-winded, lengthy post about what I had to do to maintain my residency here in Spain when I decided to renew the auxilares de conversación program for another year. It is not pretty. Ok so here is the DL on trying to renew my residency card. To come to Spain with […]

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Spanish Fashion: Ladies’ Edition

When it comes to women’s fashion, Europe sets the bar, and Spain is no exception (read about my previous post on men’s fashion here). It seems that every woman in Spain is born with fashion sense, as well as the ability to walk for hours in 5 inch stilettos on cobblestones without falling once, with […]

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Spanish Fashion: Men’s Edition

Let’s talk fashion! When people say that Europe is a year ahead of US fashion, they are not wrong. Spain may be behind in some things-technology, industry, medicine-I mean I still have to go into the bank to deposit checks (oh how I miss Bank of America’s ATM deposits), and everyone thinks I am crazy […]

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Death in the Afternoon: Bullfighting in Spain

“Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honour.” Ernest Hemingway in Death in the Afternoon. I don’t know if entirely agree with this statement, though I do agree it probably had more truth in […]

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I have been meaning to write a post about flamenco for the longest time. What could be more emblematic of Andalucía, Spain? I saw my first flamenco show in Sevilla when I was 16, and I try to go see it whenever I can. However, all I really know about flamenco is that I love […]

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