American in Spain

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American in Spain
Originally from North Carolina, Erik Rasmussen moved to England in December, 2001, and lived and worked there for three and a half years. He then moved to northern Spain in June, 2005
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  • Itchy Eyes 1 week ago Starting about two weeks ago, shortly after his third birthday, coinciding with a nasty bout of gastroenteritis, Ian’s eyes starting itching, particularly his right eye. He was rubbing the heck out of them. It got really bad this weekend, to the point where one of them got hugely swollen, almost...
  • Nora's Seventh Birthday Party 2 months ago Today we had a birthday party for Nora’s seventh birthday. She has been going to classmates’ birthday parties for a couple of years now, but this is the first one that she has thrown. She filled out little invitation cards with the date and her mother’s mobile phone number and gave them out...
  • How to emigrate from the United States? Don't. 2 months ago Several of my American friends have asked me privately about ways or plans to emigrate from the United States should certain political powers assume control. This is an open letter to them. The truth is that emigration is hard, and for the most part, Europe doesn’t want you, no matter how white...
  • Kindness Solves Boarding Conundrum 3 months ago The following is a true story from my recent trip, written as soon as I boarded the plane. At the gate in Charlotte, twenty minutes before boarding time, there was an African man slowly getting more and more agitated talking to the airline employee at the gate. He had come to the airport with his...
  • Brilliant Christmas Customer Service 4 months ago On December 24, I ordered an Antonio Juan doll for my daughter. That might seem a bit late to you, but we were ordering it for Kings Day, the second mythical gift giver Christmas day in Spain, on January 6th. I ordered it online, via Amazon, but the order really went to a third party […] Related...

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Website Reviews » There are 5 reviews on American in Spain

Bawa
19:31 PM November 26, 2012

It is a great blog, covering a wide-range of topics. What I like about it is that Erik makes important points or deep reflections about his home country and being an expat without being offensive to either. And his extremely cute daughter is everyone's experience of expat children!

Kaley [Y Mucho Más]
20:13 PM November 26, 2012

Erik's blog is informative, witty, and a treat to read! I love hearing about his adventures with his daughter, who's super cute and intelligent! If you're an expat in Spain (or just are curious about us!), his blog is a must read.

Kristin
21:07 PM November 26, 2012

Erik has a way of looking at the world that is informed, interesting, and inspiring. No subjects are off-topic for this blog, from observing his young daughter's grasp of two languages to the vibrant political situation in Spain and Europe to cooking something scrumptious for dinner to rediscovering a sunset in the town he calls home. His musings on expat life are honest, and as an expat I feel they are often peering into my own experience; he has a knack for touching on universal themes. I fall into Spanish life when reading his blog. Keen observation and often pithy language make this blog a delight to read. Well done to Erik!

Carl
13:45 PM November 27, 2012

What I like about Erik's blog is you really feel like he is living the dream with food, travel and family at the heart of a Spanish odyssey. Also his work rate is incredible. Not sure what his second job is because his first job seems to be blogging about his family and Spain.

Sarah
22:48 PM November 27, 2012

If you are pressed for time, then visit Erik's blog for the pictures. Erik's keen interest in photography adds tremendous visual appeal to his blog. Still, it would be a shame to miss out on his remarkable insights on Spain, parenthood, and the expatriate experience. But his blog is not wedded to the expatriate theme; some of his best posts (if you don't count the ones on his daughter) relate his observations on random, unexpected topics.

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