Day Trip from Córdoba: Castillo de Almodóvar del Río

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Spain

One of the great things about living in Europe, as any expat will tell you, is the fact that some of the most beautiful places in the world are cheaply and easily accessible. I’m speaking as someone who flew to Italy for €40 round trip two years ago. That’s all well and good, yes, but sometimes we get so caught up in wanting to jet off to far-flung foreign lands that we often forget what we have in our own backyard. [Read more]

Summer 2018 Travel Recap

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I don’t exactly live in a tourist hotspot. When I tell people in Spain where I’m from, the most common reaction I get is them nodding and going “Ah, Ohio” while politely pretending to have heard of it. However, I definitely have a newfound appreciation for where I come from after so much time away. I was happy that I was able to give my boyfriend an “authentic” American experience for his first time in the US. We might not have seen Times Square or the Golden Gate Bridge, but we experienced life just as normal, everyday Americans do. [Read more]

Eating in Córdoba: Foodie Guide & Spanish Mealtimes 101


Ever since moving to Córdoba two years ago, one of my favorite things to do has been to discover my adopted hometown’s amazing gastronomic scene. Bigger cities like Seville and Madrid might get all the credit, but Córdoba is easily a great foodie city in its own right. From traditional Spanish cuisine to modern international fare, you can find it all here. These are just a few of my favorite places to eat in Córdoba—whether you’re here for just a day or plan on staying for life (*raises hand* hi), hopefully you’ll find a place you’ll love! [Read more]

5 Fabulous Spring Festivals in Córdoba

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My adopted hometown of Córdoba, Spain might just be the best place to visit in the spring. I’m not just saying that because I love this city with all my heart (although I do!). Córdoba truly comes alive in the springtime, with something fun and exciting going on practically every week. There are flowers, wine, huge processions, dancing—what more could you ask for? [Read more]

Things I Would Have Done Differently When Moving Abroad


Even though it seems like I just got here yesterday, I’ve been in Spain for just about two and a half years now. And overall, it’s been a pretty great 2.5 years. I definitely wasn’t expecting to stay this long, but here I am with no plans to leave, and I feel good about my decision to stay. [Read more]

The Ultimate Córdoba Day Trip Guide: What to See and Do in Just 24 Hours

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So you’ve decided to visit Córdoba. Congratulations! Although not as famous as its western neighbor Seville, Córdoba is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, with ancient secrets hiding around every corner in its narrow cobblestone streets. At the same time, it’s full of modern excitement and flair with no shortage of things to do. In this way, Córdoba really does offer the best of both worlds: a big-city vibe with a small town Spanish feel at its heart. [Read more]

Small Town vs. City Life in Spain: Auxiliares de Conversación 2-Year Review

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Two years ago, I said goodbye to one of my favorite places on earth: Ohio University and Athens, Ohio. Being a Bobcat truly changed me for the better, but as I walked across that stage I had no idea that the best was yet to come. [Read more]

Photos: Holy Week Processions in Spain


Good ol’ Semana Santa. The week leading up to Easter isn’t just spring break for students, teachers, and language assistants all over Spain – it’s also the week that streets around the country are blocked off for days at a time for the famous processions. While some locals might understandably gripe about the interrupted flow of traffic, the Holy Week processions are truly a sight to behold. [Read more]

How a More Expensive Apartment Saved My Mental Health


I met Gretchen* on a sticky summer day just as June was about to melt into July. Temperatures throughout the city were reading 44 degrees (or about 111 Fahrenheit for the other Americans in the room), so one of the most appealing factors of the apartment listing was its promise of air conditioning. Gretchen and the landlord, Ms. Norbury, showed me around. Besides the aforementioned air conditioning, it had also been recently renovated and boasted stellar views. [Read more]

1 Year in Spain: (Other People’s) Expectations vs. Reality

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With my one-year Spaniversary coming up next month, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the past year has brought me. I had no idea what to expect when I stepped on the plane at Port Columbus John Glenn Columbus International Airport in September of 2015, and (understandably) neither did a lot of people in my life. For months leading up to the big move, I heard a lot of the same things: some of which have turned out exactly as people expected, and others that couldn’t be further than the truth. Here are just a few of the things I heard before boarding my one-way transatlantic flight last year (as well as since then) and the truth about whether or not they’ve come to pass. [Read more]

The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting Spanish Men

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It was the stuff dreams were made of: tables piled high with books as far as the eye could see, all for no more than $2 each. The Cleveland Public Library was having a book sale, so naturally I’d rounded up a group of my fellow interns and convinced them to make the five-minute walk over to Superior with me on our lunch break (although I was so stoked about it that I would have gone by myself even if nobody else had wanted to come). [Read more]

How Córdoba’s Ancient Beauty Made Me Proud to Be American

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In a way, it can be said that the Americas can trace their European roots all the way back to Córdoba, Spain. [Read more]

The ABCs of Life in Spain


There are a lot of things that would be helpful to know about the Spanish lifestyle before moving here long-term. I narrowed it down to 26. From everyday colloquialisms to can’t-miss food and drink, here’s what you need to know to enjoy your time in Spain – from Almería to Zaragoza. [Read more]