Why I decided to become a US citizen in the Trump era

One year ago, on November 9th 2016, I woke up to watch the news in a stupor. As the election wasn’t progressing in any way that made sense, I had gone to bed early the night before, after Pennsylvania, or Ohio, or Michigan, was called. There were so many that I don’t remember the details... Read more »

When democracy turns into democrazy: Let me try to explain this Catalonia mess

  I have to start saying that try is the operative word here. Because, as it turns out, understanding from 5000 miles away how your country suddenly seems to be blowing up in pieces is not that easy. I am by no means an expert, although I have fervorously followed politics since I was a... Read more »

Passport confidential: the most surreal customs experience

It is funny how much a piece of paper can affect your mood. Or your life, for that matter. The other day I couldn’t find my Spanish passport for 24 hours, and I almost had a nervous breakdown. I don’t really understand why, as at this point, and being the proud owner of two of... Read more »

What my kids are missing for living "abroad"

The other day, a friend asked me a question that took me a while to answer: “Why haven’t you returned to Spain?” It’s not like I don’t think about it. I actually think about it a whole lot more than I like to admit. But I needed some time to come up with a reason... Read more »

Two legs and an ocean

  JUNE, probably three days into a new job I listen to Passenger sing “Don’t cry for the lost, smile for the living”. I try to work on my shiny new dream job, where everyone is being beyond lovely in the coolest office I have seen (not that I have seen those many…) and I... Read more »

The year we forgot 9/11

I have never written about 9/11 before. For no reason I could think of, it always felt frivolous to me. It wasn’t until today that I understood why. I wasn’t an American, so it somehow seemed wrong for me to write about something that so terribly shook the heart of a nation. This year, for... Read more »

The hardest decisions are the ones you make on behalf of someone else

*This post was written during ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour for June 2017. During Blogapalooz we are given a prompt and we have one hour to post. This is today’s prompt: “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse.” DISCLAIMER: this is a post about a decision taken by us. In... Read more »

About that weight upon the shoulders of special needs parents

  DISCLAIMER: I know that some of the terms that I use and highlight here are controversial, very charged and maybe upsetting. Any other day I would agree with you on that. But today I need those terms to express my feelings accurately. As much as they may hurt.   Sometimes, I almost forget that... Read more »

I just wore my first Target dress and it rocked!

Since they took a stance in the whole restroom controversy, I have made a point of shopping at Target. I still prefer smaller, independent stores, but now I don’t feel so guilty when I end up shopping there. The fact that they just opened one a block from my house doesn’t hurt either. But I had... Read more »

The friend who stays behind

Today I said goodbye to someone who, in the short space of 8 months, has become not only an important part of our family, but also a friend. As it happens almost every time, as I hugged her I felt a mix of happiness, because I know that she is going back to the place... Read more »