En español, Living Abroad

9/11 Far from Home

A day the earth stood still and CNN was the only channel to watch. I wrote this post in 2018, I am sharing it today because it still holds true. In my parents’ generation, it was where you were the days that President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Junior were shot. For those of […]

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Chile, Living Abroad, Spanish Culture and Language

Don’t Stand So…

Don’t stand so close to me… Personal space differs from country to country. In the United States we tend to prefer a large amount of space between us and strangers. In general the distance is an arm’s length or more (see photo of grocery shoppers in New York). When we lived in Chile, we were […]

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Living Abroad, Spanish Culture and Language

How to Travel Gringo Lite

I learned a lot about myself when I studied in Spain. Perhaps more importantly on the world scale, I learned how to do business in Spanish and Latin cultures. My friend Don José was one of the best teachers on the subject. He was the life’s blood of the Toledo Spanish program; head server, concierge, […]

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