Longforeignnameski

My husband is a 'hapa', I am a white European of somewhat uncertain origin, and an immigrant to the US.'Hapa' is Hawaiian pidgin for persons of mixed heritage, whatever the mix. My husband was born in the United States to a first-generation Asian immigrant and a second-generation Italian immigrant. He grew up in Hawaii....more

My European Adventure!

So my boyfriend lives in Germany. He's almost 6,000 miles away. I last saw him in February, and when he left, I thought it would be almost six months until I saw him again when he was supposed to come home.  Six months! I knew it was going to be so hard to be away from him for that long, but I also knew our relationship was strong enough to survive it.  Of course I had thought about going to visit him, but a plane ticket across the world is pretty damn expensive!...more

The Walls of Avila

When you like someone in grade school, taking a walk with your crush around the playground is exciting. When you’re in college, a stroll through the zoo, a park or around a nearby lake can be a dreamy experience. But when you are an adult, the backdrop for a romantic outing is limited only by your imagination – and your finances....more

Moving to Europe

Moving to Spain didn't happen overnight; it evolved over the course of a year and took many differents shapes (au pair, international student, writer, etc.) and places (France, Italy, Chile, etc).Now that I've decided to teach in Spain through the CIEE program, I feel good about my decision. It's risky, yet safe. (I am moving with a friend and will have a roommate.) Crazy, yet practical. (I'll be paid a salary and have health insurance, which I need for obvious reasons.)...more
@Geri Dreiling  Thank you so much! I am so sorry for my late response. I got placed in Madrid ...more

OUR KIDS EXPERIENCE IN A CONCERTADO SCHOOL IN SPAIN

Bringing our twelve year old to Spain have always been our main worry, having read many articles and forum discussions regarding bringing an older child to a different country can pose many complications, mainly affecting their education and social skills.  Having to learn a new language after the age of 10 proves a lot more difficult for many children....more

Will You Still Eat Ikea's Meatballs After the European Horsemeat Scandal?

I’ve been watching the European horsemeat scandal with one eye because, well, it just didn’t seem like it would really affect me. That is until I saw that international retailing giant Ikea said it is pulling its meatballs from stores in more than 20 countries because a Czech Republic store found horsemeat in the product. ...more
Personally I don't find anything alarming about this - horse meat is commonly eaten in some ...more

The Train to Avila

“And this snow,” Robert Jordan said. “You think there will be much?”“Much,” Pablo said contentedly. Then called to Pilar, “You don’t like it, woman, either? Now that you command you do not like this snow?”“A mí qué?” Pilar said, over her shoulder. “If it snows it snows.”— For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway...more

The Cerralbo Museum in Madrid

It was a museum Sunday. While visiting Madrid in January, E and I toured the Museo Sorolla and the Museo Cerralbo on the same day – with a break for tapas in between. In addition to collections of art, the small museums offered a glimpse into turn-of-the-20th-century Spain from the artistic and aristocratic viewpoint....more

A list of our own powerful black women in Europe

For 3 years in a row the Black Women in Europe Power List has celebrated amazing women in Europe:Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2012 – A List of Our Own©...more

Touching history in Segovia, Spain

As I sat at an outdoor café table near an imposing first century Roman aqueduct enjoying fat, fleshy Manzanilla olives and a bottle of sparkling water, I blurted out for the umpteenth time: “This is like a movie!” My travel companions and guides – E and his parents – smiled politely, yet again, at what was becoming my rather unimaginative catchphrase for the visit....more