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New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.

Dia de los Santos Inocentes: April Fools

Dia de los Santos Inocentes: How Spanish are you really?


MadridMan discusses the origins of 'el Dia de los Santos Inocentes' – the Spanish 'April Fools' day on 28 December – and how an April Fools day prank revealed there's always more to learn about Spanish culture.

Twelve grapes

The 12 grapes of New Year's wrath

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Prepare yourself for the New Year countdown in Spain – and make sure it includes 12 grapes to stuff in your mouth with each clock stroke.

19 signs you grew up celebrating Christmas in Spain

19 things you'll find in Spain at Christmas


Spain at Christmas is a 'Navidad' miracle of fresh seafood, lottery tickets, sugary sweet turrón and plenty of Spanish sparking wine 'cava'. What's not to love about Spanish 'Navidad'?

Spanish expat guide to holiday gift-giving abroad

The expat's guide to Spanish gift ideas


What are the perfect Spanish gifts to give family and friends? Como Consulting presents 12 Spanish gift ideas to give loved ones the perfect Spanish hamper.

Understanding Spanish culture


Even Spanish locals admit the uniqueness of Spanish customs; from tapas culture and time management to siestas and hugging, here's a brief guide to understanding Spanish cultural quirks.

15 signs you've adopted the culture of Spain

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If you take kids to bars and constantly say 'la leche' – and don't mean milk – you know you're on your way to adopting the culture of Spain. See if you do these 15 things from culture in Spain.

Heating your Spanish house economically in the winter

Heating your Spanish house economically in the winter


There is a range of heating options in Spain besides electricity that can keep your house cosy and warm, says Sandra Piddock.

Best places to live

The best places to live in the world – for your personality?


Time to get out? Follow this guide to find the best place to live in the world for your personality and manners – the best places to live where you'd feel right at home.

Living in Barcelona pros and cons

The pros and cons of living in Barcelona as an expat


Barcelona is a top city for expats but it's not all sunshine, tapas and siesta in the Catalan capital – here are both pros and cons to living the Barcelona expat life.

Typical Spanish look

The Spanish myth of dark eyes, dark hair


Zach Frolich discusses the paradigm abroad of the Spanish dark-eyes and hair stereotype, quite opposite to the many physical features that appear in Spain's different regions.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

23 signs you’re a serial expat

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'


Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

Best Spanish inventions

Spain for Pleasure: Six of the best Spanish inventions


Without the best Spanish inventions, Neil Armstrong might have never walked on the moon and football fanatics would be twiddling their thumbs.

Live abroad

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad


The expat lifestyle can be challenging on international families – but is that good or bad? Read why everyone should consider moving their family abroad.

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