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Weekend in Rome (and Naples!)

Highlights from our 5-day long weekend in Rome (including a day trip to Naples!), including our favorite places to eat, things to do, and where we stayed.  And of course, a hundred photos. :) Last month, my favorite guy in the world turned 40!  So to celebrate, I asked him to...

Our First Sant Jordi Day in Barcelona (VIDEO)

New Catalan tradition we’re TOTALLY adopting and celebrating for the rest of our lives: La Diada de Sant Jordi! 🌹📚❤️ We’ve been looking forward to this festival ever since we moved to Barcelona.  It’s known by foreigners around here as the “Catalan Valentine’s Day”.  But sure enough, as has been our experience...

How Learning Spanish Is (Really) Going

Of all the questions we’ve been asked since moving to Spain, there’s one we’ve come to really appreciate friends checking in on — “So how’s learning Spanish going?” Our short answer? Good! Also…hard.  And fun.  And humbling.  And encouraging.  And slow-going.  And never-ending.  And downright maddening, at times.  (<– Hello, having...

Our New Barcelona Apartment Tour (VIDEO!)

¡Bienvenidos a nuestra casa! Welcome to our new little apartment here in Barcelona! ♡ Spoiler alert: we love this space so much, you guys.  It’s no exaggeration to say that it’s literally everything that we had hoped to find in a flat here in the city…and so much more.  From the location...

January Update!

Hey friends!  We’re back with our monthly update today about expat life this past month here in Barcelona.  And man, this month was a good one. From unexpectedly awesome holidays, to eating an insane amount of onions, to a pilgrimage to the birthplace of paella, to hosting our very first American visitor,...

My 5 Favorite Travel Tech Gadgets

Today I’m sharing my 5 favorite tech gadgets that I legit love and bring along with me on every trip! Hey guys!  I’ve been getting lots and lots of questions from you all on Instagram lately, asking about some of the random tech gadgets that I bring along with me while traveling.  (Plus...

Weekend in Madrid

A few highlights from our 3-day weekend in Madrid, including details on where we stayed, what we did, and what we ate. Ever since we moved to Barcelona this past October, our bucket list has been growing with new places that we hope to explore around Europe these next few years.  So many places, you guys! ...

December Update!

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, everyone! We’re back today with our December update and, per ushe, there’s lots happening around here to report!  (Which — this video has taught me — I do with All The Hand Motions.  Apparently I’m the 🤗🤗🤗 emoji in real life.) As always, thank you so much...

Our 2017 Christmas “Card” (VIDEO)

Friends!  In lieu of sending out official holiday cards this year, because — let’s face it, both of us are total procrastinators, plus mailboxes and inboxes of all kinds have never been our forte — we thought we’d sing you all a little Christmas song instead.  ♡ From our home to yours, we wish...

Our First Christmas In Barcelona: Caga Tió, The Christmas Pooping Log! (VIDEO)

One of the best surprises of moving to Barcelona has actually been getting to know some of the Gimme Some Oven readers that live here in Barcelona.  Case in point — my new friend and long-time blog reader, Laura, who graciously agreed to come and help us with today’s new...

Our First Christmas In Barcelona: Christmas Lights!

Hey friends!  We’re back today with the second video in our series about Christmas in Barcelona, and today’s subject is near and dear to my exterior-illumination-loving heart… …Christmas lights! For weeks and weeks, Barclay and I watched during the daytime as thousands of lights were strung across all of the streets...

Our First Christmas In Barcelona: Christmas Markets! (VIDEO)

Happy December, friends! Hope that this holiday season finds each of you well, and snuggled up somewhere this weekend with a nice crackling fire or a warm mug of hot cocoa with some twinkly lights nearby. ✨ Here in Barcelona, the Christmas season is already in full swing, and the city is abuzz...