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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

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

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

Saddle Up in Ecuador

August 13th, 2013

Saddle Up in Ecuador by Linda Ballou NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate   What prompts a young Brit ensconced in the Parisian perfume industry to flee the continent in quest of creating the ultimate South American riding experience? That was the first of several burning questions I had for Sally Vergette, owner of RIDE ANDES, before joining her in Ecuador this September. I’m looking forward to romps through pastures in the shadow of snow-crowned volcanoes with other experienced riders on Sally’s fit and well-mannered mounts. Each day’s ride ends at a wonderful colonial estate like... Read More

Can Learning a Second Language Save Your Gray Cells?

April 11th, 2013

Can Learning a Second Language Save Your Gray Cells? By Teresa Roberts NABBW’s Expert on Living Abroad Women are on the road. Women of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures are discovering the many joys of travel, even traveling solo. It is the truth that today\’s woman is more independent than ever before. I recently received plenty of evidence of this phenomena while attending Spanish school at the Malaca Instituto in Spain for two weeks. Yes, there were also plenty of young men and women at the institute, but I was most impressed by the students over 50 who were enthusiastically... Read More