Expectations vs. Reality: Madrid, Spain

When embarking on a new adventure it’s hard not to have expectations for what life will be like. We all do it – whether it’s starting a new job, heading off on a trip, or moving to a new country or city – we fantasize and daydream about the way our days will look, how we’ll spend our time and just how absolutely amazing everything will be.

Before I moved to Spain, I spent days – really, weeks – daydreaming about my time abroad. I would dream about the glorious sunshine I would bask in, the delicious coffee I would relax with each morning, and the flawless Spanish I would speak with ease.

But, what we expect and assume usually isn’t what ends up happening.

Before moving to Spain, I had a lot of expectations and assumptions about how life would be in Madrid, but almost none of them came true. My reality in Spain was very different than the one I had imagined; in some ways, it was harder and in others, it was so much better than I could have ever hoped. Here are some of the expectations I had before moving to Madrid, Spain, and the realities that I experienced while living there. Continue reading “Expectations vs. Reality: Madrid, Spain”

Expat Life: How To Find A Flat Abroad

Finding a flat can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming aspects of moving abroad. It can be hard to know exactly what you’re looking for or even where to look for it when you’re unfamiliar with your new city and its housing market.

Thankfully, we live in a day and age where there are various online communities and tools that can help you make sense of a new and confusing rental market.

To kick off your search, I’ve put together a list of my favourite resources to help you find a flat and make your dreams of living abroad a reality. Continue reading “Expat Life: How To Find A Flat Abroad”