I’ve decided to do a weekly post about the top 5 blogs and articles I read about Spain, and expat life. The main reason is to share the love, spread some loving, and love thy neighbours. So, here goes.
Doing the Camino de Santiago has always been a dream of mine. If you’re interested in following someone on a walk, then check out this latest blog by Maggie on Trepidatious Traveller about her plans for camino 2017.
I’ve decided to bring back my monthly list of the best blogs and posts about Spain and Expat life. Here’s a list of the best ones I’ve read in the last month.
Southern Spain a Desert
This summer has been the hottest for me in the last 10 years, so it’s no surprise that people are saying Southern Spain will turn into a desert by the start of next century. I guess that means I don’t need to worry anymore about the local government wanting to build a park in front of my house.
You can’t live in Spain for long without becoming a slight addict to this medicinal liquid. I used to think it was vile and expensive, but I now see the benefits of using it over traditional sunflower oil. Check out this blog on Lindsey O’Connor’s website, titled Can I get more olive oil please.
Have you heard of a cake shop in Seville called Mr Cake? Well, me neither. Check out this post by Jordan, a university student, who is also writing about his adventures in Seville. The post is called Seville Series, Mr Cake.
That’s all for this month. Hope you enjoyed these posts.
China up there with popular destination for expats
A study by HSBC has announced that the top three destinations for expats are Switzerland, Singapore, and China. I’ve never been to Singapore, but out of Switzerland and China I’d probably go for China. I loved it there and would love to have lived there longer. Seems others are heading there too.
This is the second in the series of the best blogs I’ve read recently about Spain and expat Life. The idea of these blogs is to give you quick access to some useful and informative posts, so here goes.
Ever thought about being an Expat in Hong Kong?
Friends of mine lived there for a while, but they didn’t last long. If you’re interested in knowing more about the pros and cons of being an expat in Hong Kong then check out Dee Quinn’s latest blog. It takes a massive jump to become an expat, especially with kids, so have a read.
Camino de Santiago
I should have done this before I had a boy, so I guess he’ll just have to come when he is old enough to walk. If you’re thinking about doing it, or just want to reminisce, then check out this post by Melissa titled Walking the Walk.
House Mates from Hell
All expats, and most English teachers, are bound to have a few horror anecdotes about mental house mates they have lived with over the years. I know I have a few; idea for my next blog maybe. Anyway, check out this post titled Housemate Horrors by Zanna Parish who lives in Madrid.
Dancing in Sevilla
I really enjoyed reading this post by Sharon about a trip to Sevilla where she learnt to dance drunk. Sharon took a load of great photos of Sevilla too, so it’s worth checking out.
This is the first in the series of a compilation of the best blogs I have read about Spain and expat life in the last month. My idea is to publish one of these a month so that you can skip some of the rubbish flying about on the internet. Anyway, here goes.
I can sympathize with M, American Expat married to an Italian. I’m still learning loads about the Spanish way of life here and sure there’s a ton more left to discover. Check out her latest blog 6 years in Italy for details on what still shocks her about living in Italy.
That’s all for this month. If you have read anything decent about Spain or expat life then drop a comment below. Cheers.
It’s always a pleasure to be nominated for something. My last nomination was to be class prefect at primary school. I bloody hated it though because I had to grass up people for running down the corridor or trying to sneak under the outside railings so they could run on to the field without having to walk all the way round. I soon learnt that snitching on the hard kids at school didn’t lead to the most fun break times or leisurely walks (sprints more like) home, so my life as a prefect was kept quiet short, luckily.
So a massive thanks to Sandra Danby, owner of Notes on a Spanish Valley, who has nominated me for the ‘Versatile Blogger Award.’ Sandra has been following my blog for some time now so cheers. If you are interested in knowing more about life in the Spanish countryside and have a love for rural Andalucía then be sure to check out her excellent blog here.
This nomination has no negative catch though. Hopefully I won’t be beaten up and asked to give over my last penny sweets or have my ice-pop knocked out my hand from any of the fine people I’m nominating for the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’.
As a nominee, all I have to do is:
Include a link to the blog of the person who nominated me.
Nominate 15 bloggers to receive the award, with links to their blogs.
Now the seven things I need to share about myself:
1- I once ran away from home when my mother caught me and a friend peeing in the front garden. The journey didn’t last long though because all I packed were my scout socks.
2- I like to think of myself as a writer. I write, so I guess I must be.
3- Once I had a dream that I died in my sleep. I was hanging off the edge of a cliff. Then I flipped backwards and crashed into the sea. As I entered the sea I felt the impact of the waves smashing against my body. Then stars began to appear, shooting at me from all angles. Then in big red letters ‘The End’ appeared. I woke up in a pool of sweat and now have a fear of cliffs, and big red letters.
4- I actually get a buzz from running in 40 degree heat.
5- Recently I’ve taken to reading while walking to work because I have less time to read in the house. I get a lot of funny looks, especially because Spanish people don’t even read much when they are sitting down. The other day a bloke said to me ‘That’s gotta be some book,’ but I ignored him because I was at the end of a chapter.
6- I hate people who walk on the bike lanes in Seville.
7- I used to have an imaginary friend called John, who helped me win the football league in my garden on many occasions.
It’s hard to live in Seville and not be influenced by flamenco. While working on my novel I’ve been doing some research and these are the websites I’ve found most useful, informative and entertaining. Hope they come in handy to you as well.
This blog, written by Amanda, is about her life studying abroad in Seville. It’s a great blog with useful articles about life over here in Seville and what it’s really like to be a student while living abroad.
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