Hola! Thanks for stopping by. As you might have guessed, my name is Cassandra. While I hail from the USA, I’ve called Madrid home for the past four years. This blog is my attempt to put my finger on just what is so irresistible about life abroad.


On Gee, Cassandra you will find…

….Madrid as a springboard for exploring Spain and Europe

….linguistic and bilingual musings

…odes to the highlights of la vida española

…confessions of the hair-pulling cons of life abroad

…photos and reflections for all of the above

 You won’t find:

…recs for a life of luxury

…photos with flash

…tips for snagging a Spanish girlfriend/boyfriend

…posts about the Prado, bullfighting, or sangria


Keep in mind that this blog is NOT an official Fulbright, Department of State, nor Comunidad de Madrid website. The stories, photos, and information presented are courtesy of yours truly and do not represent these programs.


Your questions and comments are welcome. Leave me your thoughts!

39 thoughts on “About

  1. I love your blog!! Please keep updating. Always.

  2. Hey Cassandra! I’m so glad you found my blog and that I found yours! Looking forward to keeping up on your adventures!

    • Igualmente, Erin! I just read about Patones de Arriba on your blog and am now scheming about the how and when. Keep up the great suggestions!

  3. One of these days we should get a group of us blogger girls and head out there. I’ve got a car ;)

  4. I just discovered your blog, and I love it!!! I love connecting with all the other Spain related bloggers out there :) I am looking forward to reading about your adventures this year in Madrid! Let me know if you ever make it up to La Rioja :) Mind if I add you to my upcoming blogroll?

  5. Thanks, Elizabeth! I’d love to be on your blogroll; I’ll add you to mine, as well since I pop over often to read about your own adventures.

    I will certainly let you know about future Rioja madness (it’s on the tentative agenda)!

  6. Hey Cassandra! Loving the blog and the photos and argghghghghgghgh you make me want to go back right now (I’m sitting in cold, lonely London!)

    Anyway we can get in touch other than the blog? I’m interested in writing for you if I could!

  7. Will, gracias! I hope you’re enjoying London despite the chilly temperature. I’ll shoot you a message tomorrow, I’m definitely up for having guest posts!

  8. Hi Cassandra,

    Wanted to let you know that we have your blog listed as one of our favorites for 2011. Happy New Year.


    Nancy Tpdd

  9. Hola Nancy + co,
    Thanks so much! I’m tickled to be included in your 2011 roundup!

  10. Just discovered your blog and love it. You’re funny! Will be back.

  11. Found your blog through Hola Yessica! You are also an English Teaching Assistant living in Madrid! I wish I had found your blog sooner. I’m actually leaving Madrid at the end of the summer after living here for 2 years. :( But I’ll keep reading your blog so I can reminisce. :) By the way is there a way to subscribe to your blog? I can’t seem to find the button…

    • Thanks, Amelie! I don’t think there is way to subscribe to my blog, but I hope you keep following!

  12. Hola Cassandra!

    Good blog!! We would like to link exchange with you!! Please send me an email if you are interested too :)

    We are from Spain, a couple of years ago we decided to leave our jobs and go around the world for a year. After that we decided to start a small business related to travel, called Way Away (way-away.com): an online platform to help independent travellers to build their own trip.

    Keep in touch! Waiting for your email
    Un saludo,


  13. Hi Cassandra, Would like to send you an email. Please send me your email address. Thanks. Nancy

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  15. Hi Cassandra! I really really love your blog! Thanks for giving me your blog because it’s so interesting!

  16. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!.
    I’ll add you to my blogroll, I want to follow your adventures abroad!
    Wishing you the best of everything,

    • Thank you, Merisi!
      I hope to visit Vienna one day and there’s no doubt that I’ll be living vicariously through your own Austrian adventures–one Kaffee at a time.

  17. Hey, I love your blog! Respectfully, I’ve nominated you for this blogging award, Liebster. If you’re interested, join in! Here’s the rules. http://annafrisk.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/liebster-award-thanks/

  18. Hello!

    Just stopping by after reading your lovely comments on my blog. Thank you so much! I’m jealous of your worldly adventures… makes me wish I’d paid more attention to learning a second language when I was growing up. Spain looks absolutely gorgeous, and I’m really enjoying exploring it through your words and photos.

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! If you ask me, that’s what the internet is all about. Making new connections with people you would never have gotten to know otherwise!


  19. Thanks, Willow! I agree with you, it’s terrific to be able to meet, connect with, and learn from people from all over via the internet. Three cheers for that!

    Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. Stay in touch!

  20. Hi,
    Great blog. We seem to share some things in common. Would you like a complimentary copy of this?


    Let me know.
    Jeremy Dean

  21. Hi Jeremy,

    Nice to meet you! We have several bloggin’ friends in common but I hadn’t come across your blog before so I’m glad you stopped by to leave a note.

    I’d certainly be interested in reading a copy of your book–let me know if this is still possible.

    Hasta pronto!

  22. Hola, I came across your blog through Cat’s and I have really it. If it is ok, I had a couple of questions about Fulbright and your Master’s study.
    p.s. I read Jeremy’s book, you will enjoy it. :o)

    • Hi! Yes, please send me any messages you may have. Are you considering doing one of these programs?

      • Thanks so much, I was thinking of doing Universidad de Acala’s Masters in Bilingual/Multicultural Education. I did the Language Assistant program through CIEE during the 2011-2012 school year. I was wondering if a Masters degree earned in Spain would carry any weight if I decided to use it stateside.

        • Hi Christine,

          This was one of my most pressing questions upon applying–how would the Masters help me get a job in the US / Spain?

          Honestly, it depends on how you sell it and how the employing body views it. I have heard of alums getting bilingual positions in the States with no problem, while others have had to take a few grad courses to get the degree recognized. If you are on the FB auxiliares de Madrid page, you can find some more info on individual situations. Hope this helps!

  23. Ditto to what Christine said- the new layout looks fantastic!! Definitely tempting to just keep clicking and reading and clicking and reading…

  24. Such a lovely blog, and brings back so many memories of my time studying at U. Autonoma de Madrid! I found your site through Polly of A Girl And Her Travels – is there a ‘follow’ function? A way to sign up for updates?

    • Hi Anna, thanks for this! Yes, you can now follow along via email updates; see the top-right of the page to subscribe to this service. Thanks again for the comment, I hope to see more of you around the site!

  25. Hey,

    Stumbled onto your blog from the post on Curiosity Travels about “Expats Favorite Bars”. Are you still in Madrid? Can you recommend any fun/chill places to hang out in the Retiro area?

    I travel around a lot for work, but usually only get to stay for about 7-9 days at a time. Because of the short turnaround, I usually end up picking a lot of people’s brains.

    I’ll be visiting in mid-September. Any tips would be awesome.


    • Hola John, thanks for reading! If you are near Retiro, I recommend wandering down Calle Ibiza and Calle Sainz de Baranda and see what strikes your fancy. These two streets have long stretches of terraces, so it’s a great place to sit outside. A good place to start is Sin Reservas (C/ Lope de Rueda 49, on the corner of Calle Ibiza), which is a bit more expensive than others on the street (with commensurate tapas and speedy service). Hope this helps!

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