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
College Study Abroad: If I Could Do It All Over Again
About Study Abroad
About Learning Spanish
Advanced Spanish … Where Do I Go from Here?
But I’m a Girl! … and Other Spanish Language Mishaps
Rookie Mistakes: Reflexive Spanish Verbs and Me
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!
De Tapas Por Zamora—Where to Eat in Zamora, Spain
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
My Favorite Spanish Foods
No, Gracias—Spanish Foods I Dislike Surprisingly, there are some!
Teaching In Spain
Teaching English in Spain’s Bilingual Schools
10 Differences Between Spanish and American High Schools
Teaching in an Instituto (High School) vs. A Colegio (Elementary School)
About Spain In General
Your Spain Experience—Interview With Sarah
Your Spain Experience—Interview With Erin
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!
Whatsapp—Why Spain’s Over the SMS
How to Improve Your (Already Pretty Good) Spanish
My Top 10 Myths About Spain See how those lists get you a lot of views?!
What kinds of posts would you most like to see in the future?