Guys, five years ago today I stepped off the plane in Madrid. Five years! Five years I’ve been eating here, drinking here, living here. I can hardly believe it. If you had told me then that I’d still be here, I wouldn’t have believed you. I planned on doing my one-year internship, “perfecting” my Spanish, and heading home in 2010. Little did I know …
Long story short: I met Mario, fell in luuuuurve, and stayed. Things that have changed since then:
- I no longer live in Salamanca. This fact still upsets me sometimes. Take me back!
- I’m married. I wear my ring on my right finger, like Spaniards, while Mario wears his on his left, like Americans. Weirdo.
- We have a decent apartment. (That one in Salamanca was, as my mother-in-law described it, a “porquería.”)
- I know a lot more Spanish, and a whole lot more about Spain.
To celebrate my five year Spainiversary, I thought I’d clue you in on some of my favorite posts from the past years:
About Study Abroad
About Learning Spanish
The Language We Speak “So, do you guys talk in English or Spanish?” Oh, what a complicated question.
Bilingual Inside Jokes About having a bilingual relationship
About Mario and Me
Madrid Bound The one where I announced we were moving to Madrid
So Here’s the Deal About moving for love
Two Years Ago Anniversary post
About Weddings In Spain
Boda a la Española: La Prueba Menu Testing
How to Plan a Wedding in Spain … or Not Planning a wedding in another country can be hard!
Sí, Quiero—The Spanish Version of “I Do” Our wedding day (includes a video)
Spanish Weddings vs. American Weddings How the ceremonies differ
Spanish Weddings vs. American Weddings—The Reception How the receptions differ
About Food In Spain
Foods Spain Taught Me to Love Believe me, there are a ton of these!
Surprise: Spain’s Most Popular Food Isn’t Paella Or why you’ll totally look like a guiri if you order paella off one of those menus with all the pictures
No, Gracias—Spanish Foods I Dislike Surprisingly, there are some!
Teaching In Spain
About Spain In General
Watch out for the controversy on these two posts (you may want to skip the comments), but I found Erin’s and Sarah’s experiences to very interesting and indicative of how race is viewed in Spain.
My Most-Viewed Posts
Have you ever wondered what my most-viewed posts are? Wonder no longer.
How to Dress Like a Spaniard To be honest, this kind of irks me, because I wrote this way tongue-in-cheek, and now people get offended. Oops!
My Top 10 Myths About Spain See how those lists get you a lot of views?!