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The Rich History of the Mesquita of Cordoba

July 27th, 2015

By Teresa Roberts, NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad There is something about old buildings that captures my undivided attention. I suspect that I’m not alone. People from all over the world flock to see the great architectures built by civilizations of the past. I’ve seen my share of these manmade wonders, but during my sojourn in Spain this spring, I happily added a new structure to my list of sites that make me marvel. I spent forty-eight hours in Cordoba city center where the grand Mesquita was erected many centuries ago. Needless to say, it still has the power to take your breath... Read More

An American Snowbird in Southern Spain

March 4th, 2015

By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad I’m in southern Spain —again. This time, I am here for two months, living in my own apartment. Last year, I came to Spain to find an apartment on the coast of Andalucía. My ultimate goal was to locate a place that could become my home-away-from-home for a number of years to come. Snowbirds in the U.S. tend to go to Florida, but this snowbird goes to southern Spain. I retired earlier than my husband and although he quit his job for two years and traveled the world with me on my pension, whenever we returned stateside for any length... Read More

Pompeii – A History Buff’s Travel Dream

January 4th, 2015

By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad   When I was in grade school, every student in my classroom received a copy of the Weekly Reader. Maybe the mention of that little publication triggers a memory for you, too. Most of the stories and information that I gathered from the Weekly Reader did not stay with me for a lifetime, but there was one particular issue that certainly remains fixed in my memory to this day. The story of Pompeii and its destruction by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius haunted me. I Was Captivated The photos that accompanied the printed story only... Read More

Nasty But Necessary Travel Topic: How to Roam Without Bringing Bed Bugs Home

July 9th, 2014

Nasty But Necessary Travel Topic: How to Roam Without Bringing Bed Bugs Home  By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad  Recently, a very close friend of mine discovered that his house was infested with bed bugs. I know! I know! Who gets bed bugs these days besides those who reside in rundown neighborhoods that are in filthy condition? The troubling news is that bed bugs do not discriminate. They can set up camp anywhere from the poshest hotels to the most hygienically maintained households. And, they are on the rise.  So, how did my friend’s house get hijacked by these hard-to-get-rid-of... Read More

Going International with Airbnb

May 12th, 2014

Going International With Airbnb By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad There is a movement in the world of travel that has been building momentum for a decade or longer. It’s centered around the idea of shared travel experiences within local communities. Airbnb, house swapping, house sitting, shared transportation and more are giving the more traditional travel options a run for their money. Hotels are no longer the only option. Hostels and pensions no longer hold a place in the travel world as the lone non-mainstream way to go. I have been experimenting with a variety... Read More

How to Rent an Apartment in Europe for Less

March 13th, 2014

How to Rent an Apartment in Europe for Less By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Associate for Living Abroad Fancy living on the Mediterranean? Ever found yourself dreaming about a second home abroad? Whether your cup of tea is a big metropolitan city like Paris or Dublin, a seaside town in Spain or a remote village in Italy, finding a temporary home can turn out to be a tad less expensive if you follow a couple of  — OK, three — simple rules. Let me preface the valuable suggestions I am about to give you by first saying that I have rented many apartments abroad. In most ways, I prefer... Read More

Five Reasons Why Lisbon Is On My List of Top Ten European Cities

January 24th, 2014

Five Reasons Why Lisbon Is On My List of Top Ten European Cities by Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Living Abroad Associate If you are like me and find yourself drawn to southern European countries and cultures, consider Portugal. While I have not spent an enormous amount of time there yet, I have had the pleasure of enjoying the beautiful capital city of Lisbon. What does Lisbon have to offer? Plenty. Here are five things about Lisbon that appealed to me almost immediately and helped to place Portugal on my list of top European countries to visit, long or short-term. 1. Walking I enjoy walking... Read More

10 Reasons To Live in Spain

December 15th, 2013

10 Reasons To Live in Spain by Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Living Abroad Associate Snowbirds have been around for a long time. All those northern retirees that head south for the winter do so to escape the cold. Playing golf year round, relieving the symptoms of seasonal disorder with lots of sunshine and staying mobile becomes a little easier when the weather cooperates. Florida, Arizona and new Mexico have been beckoning snowbirds for years. I have joined the ranks of winter travelers, too. However, my plans involve going to Spain. This isn\’t just a fantasy. I have been heading to... Read More

Is It Safe For Women to Travel Alone?

October 16th, 2013

Is It Safe For Women to Travel Alone? By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad Very recently, I returned home from another great trip abroad. I was in Ireland, which is like a second home to me, enjoying some leisure time and sightseeing before I attended the TBEX travel blogger’s conference which was being held in Dublin. I even got to take a much anticipated trip into Northern Ireland for the first time. As usual, while preparing for my trip, I reviewed the common safety practices that I adhere to when traveling solo. People often ask me if it is safe for women to travel alone.... Read More

If You\’ve Ever Fantacized About A Carefree Life As an Expat “Island Girl,” These Two Unique (English-Speaking) Islands — Malta and Saba — Just May Suit You Perfectly

August 21st, 2013

If You\’ve Ever Fantacized About A Carefree Life As an Expat “Island Girl,” These Two Unique (English-Speaking) Islands — Malta and Saba — Just May Suit You Perfectly By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad There is something rather otherworldly about living on an island. During the course of my travels, I have lived long term on two islands, the isle of Malta and the isle of Saba. Even though these two islands are separated by quite a distance and don\’t even occupy the same sea, they share many similarities. If you have fancied island... Read More