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    7 Madrid Tourist Traps and Their Alternatives

    After college, I moved to Spain with two bags, a job teaching English, and dreams of eating all of the tapas I could ever want. I lived in a very small town in western Spain for three years (less than 20,000 people), then I got the itch for big city life. When I moved to Madrid, I was already very familiar with it from my monthly (*ahem*¬†weekly) trips to visit my then boyfriend, Juan. Already knowing the city pretty well meant that I knew exactly where to go to eat the best tapas and what places fell under the “Madrid…

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    Flying While Pregnant? A Carry-On Packing List

    Before living abroad, I used to make meticulous packing lists before any trip. After living in Spain for four years and traveling across Europe every chance I had, I perfected my packing strategy. My detailed lists were a thing of the past and I was especially confident in my carry-on packing skills. All of this changed when I realized I would be flying while pregnant. Fast forward to this past Christmas, when Juan and I thought it would be a great idea to make the long trip to visit family in Spain over the holidays. We had booked the trip…