Reading Map Barcelona

THINGS YOU INEVITABLY DO YOUR FIRST TIME ABROAD

I remember my first time in Europe like it was yesterday. It was July 10, 2010 and I landed in Barcelona with my friend, Anne, where we met our other travel buddy, Deborah, to kick off a three week, ten country whirlwind Eurotrip. As a first time international traveler, I'd done little research outside of organizing our transportation and accommodations. I remember following Deborah around the Catalonian capital in complete awe of the hustle and bustle, the ornate Gaudi styles, and European living. The other awe-factors came from Debs. How did she know where she was going? What methodology could there possibly be to this underground Metro system? After living there one summer, Deborah could navigate Barcelona without a second glance and speak to the locals in her much-improved Spanish. To me, the … Read More

CROWD-PLEASERS

Pommery Champagne

IT HAPPENS TO EVERY EXPAT: LEAVING

I knew this time would come, and frankly, it was supposed to come two years ago when I finished my au pair year as it originally was planned. Nevertheless, (nearly) three years passed and here I still sit in my adopted home of Karlsruhe. This all happened because I loved Karlsruhe and my life here. It's a life free of the … Read More

House Shoes

TURNING GERMAN: HOUSE SHOES (HAUSSCHUHE)

There are some widely accepted German customs I've refused to accept: - wearing a scarf around your neck when you have a sore throat (and the general overuse of scarves) - waiting at the crosswalk for the light to turn green when there's not a car in sight - being extremely straightforward - wearing house shoes That is, … Read More

European Travel Apps

11 APPS YOU MUST DOWNLOAD BEFORE TRAVELING EUROPE

Travel sure has changed since our parents were backpacking Europe. My mom likes for me to call every (week)day. I imagine if I grew up in her age, she'd be happy to see me at the airport upon my arrival back home. Thanks to technology though, there's are a lack of excuses for not checking in with mom while on the road, besides … Read More

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HOW TO: KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER WHEN MOVING ABROAD

One of the most stressful thoughts about moving to Germany for a year two years and counting was losing my American cell phone number. How would people ever contact me again? I am from Houston-proper, I can't just give up the coveted 713 area code only to move back and risk and obtaining an 832, or worse, a 281. This may sound … Read More

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EXPAT EXCERPTS