Stamina required for this joyous, raucous Spanish wedding

At 11:30 p.m. on a recent Friday, a sword held by the bride and groom cut through a massive wedding cake during our friend Hector’s wedding. Our family was lucky enough to be invited because it...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

Savoring the ambiance of village life in northern Spain

Spring break here in Valencia is the first week in April, so our family decided to take the opportunity to visit northern Spain. We based ourselves in the little town of Villaviciosa to explore...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

Valencia’s largest festival is a blazing sight to behold

It is 2 p.m. March 11 in Valencia and loud booming can be heard throughout the city and into the countryside. A massive plume of blueish smoke rises above the old town and spreads across the...

DATE: March 25, 2018 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

With enthusiasm, we’ve joined Spain’s obsession with futbol

Before coming to Spain, our family primarily followed football and baseball. We enjoyed soccer, mostly because our daughter plays it. And of course, we were aware of famous names such as David...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2018 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

Spaniards display emotion, affection in a way Americans don’t

Part of getting to know people who live in another country is learning the basic interactions that friends and acquaintances use. In this column and on my blog, I am trying to focus on the...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

Madrid’s dazzling holiday lights draw extraordinary crowds

Like others in Spain, our family headed to Madrid over the Feast of the Immaculate Conception holiday. I learned quickly that the Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a big deal in Spain. It is...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2017 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

Paella – main dish of Valencia – is no joking matter

Paella is the main dish of Valencia. Even though it is served elsewhere in Spain, it originated here. The rice produced in Valencia is a wonderful short-grain rice that is flavorful and creamy....

DATE: Nov. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

The daunting, rewarding task of learning a new language in Spain

As I sit at a café writing this column, I listen to groups of women around me talking. At 10 a.m., women come together to smoke, drink coffee and talk about their lives. Their gestures are...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

The art of compact living and the romance of history high in the Pyrenees

August is essentially vacation time in Spain. Many of the shops and restaurants in Puzol have signs on them saying “closed for vacation – back in September.” So, we decided to join the throngs of...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

For Durangoans, embracing life in Spain starts with the food

For a variety of reasons, our family decided to move to Spain for a year. We uprooted our Durango teenager and grade schooler, left our jobs, found a friend to take our dog and packed up our...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | COLUMN: An American in Spain

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