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11 Things No One Will Tell You about Expat Life

  Many bloggers spend time talking about the differences between short-term and long-term travel, but many skirt over the longest and most challenging type of travel - expat life. "What is an expat?" you may ask. Well, the word expat is a contraction of expatriate, which derives from the Latin word expatriatus.  In medieval times, an expatriatus was someone who had left his or her home country to live somewhere else. In today’s culture an, expatriate has the same meaning; someone…

Colonia Guadalupe

A Street Art Guide to San Miguel’s Art District: Guadaloupe

I took my third trip to San Miguel de Allende in July to meet up with Lauren from Northern Lauren and Kiona from How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch before heading on our road trip in the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosí.    The previous weekend we were in town for a friend's birthday and the city was super packed as it was the end of July; the prime vacation season for Mexicans. All the parking…

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

What Does Gringo Mean Anyways?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the word gringo /a. If you are curious about the meaning or the origin of the word gringo/a this post is for you!  Definition Before we get into the myths and origins of gringo/a let's visit some current definitions. Our first definition is coming from Urban Dictionary a more up to date dictionary when referring to slang or cultural words.    ... and now a definition from Merriam-Webster. From my knowledge and my…

Driving in Cuba

Havana, Cuba Photo Journal – Part 1

Our trip to Cuba may have started out with some headaches, but they quickly dissipated as we found ourselves walking down streets frozen in time. Each moment a scene out of a 1950's movie, classic American cars driving down the street, 1950's architecture, and a Betty Boop themed restaurant. After our breakfast at Betty Boom (yes, I said Betty Boom) we booked a classic car tour around Havana through our Air BNB friend. He called up a friend who owns…

Shelby in Peru

Shelby: Peru – Latin American Expat Series

 So excited for this next installment in our Latin American Expat Series! I actually met Shelby in college at Michigan State University in an ESL/ELL course that we were both taking. I've been admiring and following her life as an expat in South America through social media ever since - I realize this sounds mildly stalkerish. Either way, Shelby's life has been a personal inspiration for me through her yoga journey and her career working with a women's empowerment group…

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato; Mexico’s Most Colorful City

Our short Guanajuato adventure stared with a 2.5 hr bus ride from San Luis Potosí to Guanajuato. Leaving at 7 a.m. and arriving close to 10 a.m. with a few stops along the way. I love taking the buses here in Mexico because they are safe, cheap (around $20-25 USD), and air conditioned! It is easy way to travel if you don't have a car or don't want to worry about driving, since many of the towns close to San…

Always a Gringa

Why I Don’t Mind Always Being a Gringa

My blog often comes up in conversation with locals here in Mexico since my husband works ungodly hours and people are wondering if I’m just hanging out at home sitting on my ass all day. I tell them I teach both online and here in Mexico, as well as blog which in turn brings up the question "What is the name of your blog? I smile and say “Always a Gringa” and watch as their face displays a mix of emotions,…

Heidelberg Project Detroit

Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project is a 30 year, two-block art creation that was started in 1986 by Tyree Guyton. It contains elements of recycled materials and found objects, most of which were salvaged from the streets of Detroit. Each work of art is carefully decided to tell a story about current issues plaguing society. It was developed in part as a political protest, as Tyree Guyton’s childhood neighborhood began to deteriorate after the 1967 riots. This constantly evolving work transformed a…

Gringa Journeys: Chile – Latin American Expat Series

Next on our series is Leah from Gringa Journeys. Leah is a  25-year-old American from Atlanta, Georgia from who lives as an expat in Santiago, Chile. She has a degree in Spanish and loves linguistics and history. She decided to start her blog after moving to Chile and felt like she could share certain knowledge that would be helpful for future expats in Santiago as well as tips for learning Spanish as a second language. How long have you been…

wall mural detroit

Detroit: A Photo Journal

"We've been considered many things: a city in decay, a city in distress and without hope. However, we have never given up and we never say die. We are born fighters, we rise from the ashes. We are a community that believes in our future despite whatever anyone throws against us. We are Detroit." - Fel3000ft Detroit has gotten a bad rap. People outside of Michigan (and some in the state) have a misconstrued idea of the Motor City, people often…