Expat Confessions

Visiting Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal

How many people have ever secretly thought that European churches all start to resemble one another after awhile? I’ll admit that I’ve skipped a cathedral or two in my travels, preferring instead to check out the local food market or sip a coffee at a quiet café. Not that...
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Chinchón, Spain: A Day Trip from Madrid

When you move to Madrid, you soon learn that there are certain day trips that everyone raves about. The small town of Chinchón is one of them. A quick google search results in information about its famous central plaza, an autumn garlic festival and spring anisette liquor festival. Thinking...
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The Art of Making Homemade Pasta in Bologna

Creating a Bolognese Masterpiece with Taste of Italy Cooking Classes There are certain things that the average home cook just doesn’t make from scratch, and pasta is definitely one of them. I remember the day I saw an episode of Top Chef where one of the contestants whipped up...
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Getting to Know Girona

To be perfectly honest, the first time I heard of Girona I thought people were talking about a city in Italy. This was a few years ago and, despite having explored much of Spain since then, I knew very little about Catalonia, Spain’s northeasternmost province, until I had the...
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