My Expat Life: Fourth Time’s a Charm, Right?!

Hola everyone! I have arrived in beautiful Barcelona, Spain!💗

21200552_10107265583080147_2819820120010868429_oSo as I always try to keep it real with you guys about my experiences abroad, I’ll start out by saying that this is the fourth time I’ve moved to a new country! 😲 Fourth time’s a charm, right? 😂 Anyway, I wish I could say it gets easier each time, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Each move presents a different set of challenges, and one of the biggest for me this time around has been homesickness. Arriving in yet another new country, I am alone again, and given the task of meeting new people and developing new friendships, which is something that takes a lot of time.

Luckily, Barcelona is an excellent city to tackle just that. I’ve utilized the website meetup.com, where I’ve found countless events and activities to attend, depending on my interests. For example, this past week I’ve been to two social cocktail hours and a complimentary salsa class. Salsa culture is huge in Barcelona, and the City Hall dance club was packed full of people grooving to the Latin beats. ❤frabz-sometimes-you-just-gotta-dance-54abfaAs well, I’ve been Skyping with my family back home each day, which has helped tackle some of that homesickness. It’s so good to know, that no matter if I continue this expat life or not, I have their full support along the way. ❤

And although I haven’t done many touristy things in Barcelona just yet, I have been wandering the streets each day, exploring new areas of the city and marveling at the gorgeous European architecture. ❤

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El Borne neighborhood
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walking along Las Ramblas
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Arc de Triomphe

The architecture is equally stunning both during the day and at night. ❤

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Ohla Hotel
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Las Ramblas at night
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quaint European cafe
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Vino and tapas at Mirablau (potatoes with ham, cheese, and egg; fried calamari; baked provolone cheese with toasted bread)

I also relaxed on the beautiful beach, Barceloneta. Europeans are a lot more liberal with their bathing choices, so I had to crop a lot of tatas out of this shot! Hah! 😂21319076_10107282978210167_7971340765448936595_o

Anyway, one of my favorite spots so far in the city has been the Bunkers del Caramel, which offers a panoramic view over the city. ❤
UntitledUntitled21318799_10107278964842987_1110004986501946789_oI even past by a cute neighborhood on my way there, where some locals were playing bocce. UntitledAnd of course, although I haven’t gone inside it yet, I have gotten to walk by the famous Sagrada Familia many times. Just wow! ❤

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La Sagrada Familia is said to reach completion by 2026, to coincide with the 100th year anniversary of Antoni Gaudí’s death (the genius that designed this stunning church)

Anyway, aside from exploring the city and socializing with new people, one of the essentials things I had to do here was find an apartment. Now instead of just showing you a few pictures, I thought I’d do a little video tour of my apartment and neighborhood. Hope you enjoy!

Side note: If you are looking for an apartment in Barcelona, my favorite search engines were idealista, pisocompartido, and Badi, which is an app for mobile devices.

Well, that’s all for now! Stay tuned for new updates on the city, my school, my job, and my expat life in Spain. Also, feel free to shoot me any comments or suggestions about what you’d like to know. Until then! Hasta luego! 🇪🇸

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11 thoughts on “My Expat Life: Fourth Time’s a Charm, Right?!

  1. Enjoyed the city views and your honesty about “not everything is sunshine and roses” . I admire your courage to continue your travels despite some of the struggles you have had. Keep Smiling and keep your followers posted! ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much, Darlene! I do feel so fortunate to be in such a beautiful city and I’m taking each opportunity to enjoy it to the fullest. I will of course keep you updated on my journey. Thank you again for your support. Take care. Xx

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  2. That’s really great! Again, thanks for sharing so much. I’ll be passing through Barcelona in two weeks on my way to Figueres to visit a friend from Istanbul. Really hope we can catch up over coffee. You really inspired me to leave the USA again.

    Doug

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  3. Hi Megan!!
    Spoke to my sister in law Silvia from Spain and she has a house in Salou, not far from where you traveled in Sitges..Her sister lives not far from Barcelona if you would like me to hook you up with them or have some kind of communication going since you are so new here..and want to meet new people..if interested let me know and I can relay message..I know it is far reaching but you never know!..They are wonderful people.

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    1. Hi Beth, That is so sweet of you! I would love to visit that area near Tarragona. It looks beautiful and meeting new friends is always a good thing. As soon as I sort out my schedule for school and work, I will let you know and hopefully I’d be able to meet them sometime. Thank you so much for thinking of me! Hope all is well in Wisconsin. Take care and have a wonderful week! 😀

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  4. Yes..My sister in law’s family is around there as she is back to work in Appleton right now..they love Barcelona also..Your food blog looked delish!! brought back good memories!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Can’t wait to get out there and try more things! 🍽Hope you’re enjoying some fall flavors in Wisconsin as well. My favorite time of year there! Take care. Xx

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