Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Snowboarding in Andorra by rental car: the definitive guide

Powder riding in Grandvalira. Photo courtesy of Alex Teton

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how Nathalie and I took a bus up to Andorra to snowboard.  It turns out, I have a serious powder snowboarding addiction, and this past weekend, I went back.  This time, though, I took a car.  Here's how I did it.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

We took a bus to snowboard in Andorra (and here's how you can too)

Vallnord - Pal Arinsal
This weekend, Nathalie and I went up to Andorra to do some snowboarding.  Here's my write-up on our experience including everything you need to know if you want to go there yourself. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

European airlines must embrace client-first tech to conquer crippling delays.

Photo credit: Sergey Svechnikov via Unsplash

In early December of 2017, a winter storm descended over northern Europe. Straight in its path, lay Brussels Airport. Left behind in its vicious wake were centimeters of slushy snow and hundreds of canceled flights.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Vermouth: a Delicious Doorway to Discovery

A glass of Vermouth at Bar Fidel, Barcelona

When people think of Spain, one of the first thoughts that come to mind is its vibrant food culture. This shouldn't be surprising. After all, the largest tenant of the Iberian peninsula is quickly gaining a reputation as a culinary powerhouse, with staples such as tapas, paella, pintxos, backing a succulent surge in culinary fusion.

Of course, none of this gastronomic growth would be possible without Spain's ample farmlands, that are ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables, world-class olive oil production, and a near-endless supply of vineyards, making the country one of the world's largest wine producers.

That said, here in Barcelona, there is often a divergence between what is Spanish culture and what is Catalan. Without stepping into a delicate geopolitical debate, subtle, oft-overlooked differences abound between the northeastern-most region and the rest of the country. Perhaps, it's no surprise then that, unlike in the majority of Spain where sangria is king, the Catalans' alcoholic refreshment of choice is vermouth.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Why "If So-and-So Becomes President, I'm Moving Abroad" Isn't All That Easy


Every four years, the US holds a presidential election. And almost like clockwork, the phrase "if so and so wins the election, then I'm moving to Canada/Europe/Australia/Somewhere outside of the US," enters the fray.  Perhaps this maxim pops up due to general fatigue in what seems like ever-longer election cycles.  Maybe it manifests from a deep distrust of the opposing candidate.   Whatever the case is, it's all too common to hear this slogan repeated in the run up to the first Tuesday in November.  

As a long-time US expat, though, I've learned first-hand what it's like to move abroad and the logistics and realities that come with it.  Since we're less than three short weeks away from the general election, I want to share my views on what leaving the US is really like, and explain why packing up and moving isn't as easy as it seems.