In the first week of moving to Spain, I remember being horribly taken aback when my host mom told me she was a little “constipada.” How could she share such intimate details about her health with me when we had just met?! As I soon learned, many native English speakers get a chuckle out of … More Attitudes Toward Illness, A Comparison
Never heard of field hockey before? That’s ok, it’s a relatively obscure sport, and I received confused looks all throughout high school when I would tell people that I played it. Even in the US, it’s very regional, being popular in states such as California, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and played almost exclusively by girls. Internationally, … More I Joined The Field Hockey Team!
Some of my first wanderings in Alicante involved happening upon another plaza on nearly every new street I explored. There was a plaza with a pagoda bar in the center, a plaza with an aquarium, a plaza filled with palm trees, another with lit water jets splashing up from the ground, and plenty with small … More Spain and Plazas Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
Walking down La Explanada, there’s no shortage of restaurants trying to entice tourists with promises of authentic Spanish cuisine – particularly paella. In Alicante, many visitors look for the famous dish around dinnertime. The locals, however, have clued me in – any restaurant advertising paella for dinner is definitely for guiris – it’s a tourist trap and … More I Say ToMAYto, You Say ToMAHto
I’ve fallen in love with sitting on the harbor’s floating dock and watching the brilliant sun fall into the sea. Every evening, the world seems to stand still in a moment of serenity as the sky over the Mediterranean becomes a glorious piece of art. I’ve come to watch in anticipation for the pink streaks in the … More Thank You For The Sunsets
Me cago en la leche, I muttered under my breath, realizing that the train I was waiting for didn’t run on Sundays, and I was going to be late for the hiking trip. I unlocked my phone to beg someone to hold the bus for me, and – hostia – I had run down my prepaid … More Quintessential Spanish Charm: Altea