Madrid Expat Series Travel

Not Your Typical Spanish Souvenirs Ideas

We all been there. Our vacation days are coming to an end, and we start thinking. What can I bring back home to surprise my family and friends? After having such a blast in Spain how do you share that excitement with them? Or, maybe you have been living in Spain for a few months and are heading back home to visit your family. Keychains, mugs, bottle openers, t-shirts were so last century. It’s time to think outside the box.…

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Madrid Expat Series

7 Must Have Apps for Everyone Visiting Madrid

We must address the fact that our mobile phones are the ones who accompany us at every moment of the day. Through them, we have access to what is happening in the world. We communicate with our loved ones and even entertain us in moments of boredom. However, our phones are nothing without the applications inside them. The apps are the real MVP in the world of telecommunications. There are basic apps that we should all have on our phone.…

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Travel

Paris for Bastille Day Celebrations 2018

Last Saturday we went to Paris to watch the fireworks show on the National Day of France. I am crazy about fireworks shows, and this one, in particular, was on top on my list. I have been to Paris before, so this weekend was about experiencing the French national holiday. In my opinion, if you rank nationalities by patriotism, France gets second place, right after the United States. I was very excited for this weekend! Also, my birthday is next…

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Life Lessons

Why Being in a Long Distance Relationship During College Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

Ok, let’s start by being very clear. Long distance does not mean 4-hour drive distance. In this situation, long distance means 8 hours transatlantic flight and no less than $800 plane tickets. I found it super disrespectful for people to say they are in long distance relations and literally can visit each other with less than a 5-hour drive. I’m sorry to break it to you, but if you are in the same time zone or country as your significant…

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Life Lessons

UPR Strikes Colegial Point of View

Back in 2010, I was a freshman at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus. Strikes and manifestations were a massive part of my time studying there. For the good and for the bad, whether you like it or not, they are a part of every student journey at Puerto Rico’s public University. Because of the strike of 2010 I experienced the longest summer break I ever had. I was free to do whatever I wanted with my time from…

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Madrid Expat Series

What to Pack If You Are Moving to Spain

If you are planning to spend a semester abroad in Spain or live here for a few months, you must pack your belongings wisely. Why? Because they might be a few things that you may not find on the shelves here. Or if you manage to get them in your hands, you will pay ridiculous money for them. Do not stress, after a while, you will figure everything out and find replacements for your favorites products or realize you are…

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Cost of Living as a Student Abroad in Spain

One of the top questions that I get asked the most is how much will it cost to live in Spain during a semester abroad or while studying a Master’s Degree. On this post, I will cover an overview of what to expect so you can plan your budget accordingly. All prices will be listed in euros since exchange rates change on the daily. The minimum wage for a 40 hour week in Spain is 735 euros. Unless you are…

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Food Travel

9 Spanish Dishes You Must Try During Your Visit

There is no doubt that the Spanish cuisine is one of the best in the world. In fact, every day that goes by traditional Spanish food gain more and more popularity. On this list, I will include only my favorites dishes that no one should miss out. First and foremost, I eat very healthily, and I am not a huge meat eater. Thanks, mom! They are many Spanish cuisine favorite dishes that I don’t like at all. For example, the…

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Travel

Bollenstreek Bloemencorso Flower Parade 2018 at Hillegom

Once I left Puerto Rico, and experienced fall season, I fell in love with it. The not so cold or warm weather, watching all the trees get ready for winter, and everything pumpkin comes back in stock. I have always loved nature, especially the beach. Island girl over here. 🙋🏽‍♀️ But now I am loving this spring season so hard that it may become my favorite season. Spring in the Netherlands it’s all about flowers. Lately, we have had incredible sunny…

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Splurge & Save Madrid Shopping Tips

If you are like me, every vacation includes shopping. After being back and forth to Spain and living in Madrid for a while now, I know exactly on what to splurge and how to save money while shopping in Madrid. These tips will also work in other cities since most of the stores mentioned are available nationwide. But deets about locations will only cover the Comunidad de Madrid area. Follow this 5 Shopping tips to splurge and save money in Madrid…

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