Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

Spanish Beach Culture

In Spain, every worker (no matter the job) is legally guaranteed at least 22 paid vacation days per year. Once you factor in weekends and public holidays, this amounts to … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Advice for Living Abroad – Culture (it’s all in the details)

This is the latest in my series regarding advice for living abroad. Past entries include: Language Keep in mind I’ve only lived abroad in one country – Spain. My advice … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Back in the USA

I landed in Seattle about 12 hours ago, after a connection in Chicago. It’s the first time I’ve been in the US in almost a year, after living in Madrid. … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

Copenhagen bike culture

I don’t think its exaggeration to say I might have seen more bikes today than in my entire life combined. Pretty much every street has nice wide bike lanes. They … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some advice about living abroad – Language

In the past nine months I’ve learned a lot about the challenges of living abroad. There are many things I was expecting before arriving, but I’ve also encountered a lot … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

From Lisbon With Love (Dec 2012 trip)

This past weekend I spent about 3 and a half days in Lisbon (Lisboa) and Sintra, in Portugal. It was a great trip and I had a lot of fun, … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 4 Comments

Halloween in Madrid

Halloween has only been celebrated in Spain for the last 20 years or so. It is adopted from the US and there are many similarities, but some differences. People generally … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bullfight at Las Ventas, last Sunday

It was quite an interesting experience. It was heartpounding, scary, and a bit sad. I’m glad I went, for the experience, but I’m glad my seats weren’t close and I … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

The difficulty of getting a table during mealtimes…

The Spanish are known for taking allll afternoon for lunch, or allll evening for dinner. If you get a table at 2pm for lunch, it’s completely normal to sit there … Continue reading

September 22, 2012 · Leave a comment