Expat Interview Jan 2014 No 2. Allison Bauer
This week’s expat interview is with Allison, who now lives in Valencia. If you would like to be featured, scroll down and click the link to submit your questions. Enjoy Allison’s interview!
When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I moved to Almeria right after I graduated from Kansas State University in 2011.
Who came with you?
My parents came with me to help me get settled, which I really appreciated. But, once they left I was all on my own
Where in Spain do you live now?
After 2 years in Almeria I was ready for a change so I moved to Valencia, where I live now.
Do you work? As what?
I work as an English teacher for students from 3 years old to adult.
How are you with speaking Spanish?
I’m fine now. One of my majors in college was Spanish, but when I first got here I still had a lot of problems speaking. After 3 years, though, I feel very confident!
If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
I think the stores should be open all day. I have the most energy for shopping around 2pm so not being able to go out is hard!
What is the best thing about living in Spain?
There are a lot! I love living near the beach and the mountains. It is nice to be able to visit both whenever I want. The food is amazing. Also, being able to travel around Europe really easily and cheaply is great!
What is your favourite Spanish dish?
I’m a vegetarian so unfortunately I miss out on the most famous dishes.
I love Patatas a lo Pobre, which is a fried potato dish with egg that I was introduced to in a tapas bar in Almeria. They are so creamy and delicious on a chilly day! During the summer a nice glass of Gazpacho or Ajo Blanco, which is another cold soup made from almonds, is perfect!
What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
I really have a group of friends from all over. Most are expats, but not necessarily from one country. I have American, British, Palestinian, Canadian, Egyptian, and Spanish friends! Very international!
If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are?
I would. I love living in Valencia. Although, I think I would move into an apartment with a pool and a bigger kitchen!
If a movie was made about your life – who would play you?
wow. That is a hard question. I think I would pick Mae Whitman because I like her acting style and I think she would represent me accurately.
If you had to describe yourself as a sandwich filling… what would you be?
I think I would be a veggie sandwhich. Not only because I’m vegetarian, but because there are so many different sandwiches you can make with veggies. That represents me because I like to be doing different things all the time.
Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course). Go for your life!
I have a blog I started last summer to talk about my travel, food, and expat experiences. I love writing and love getting input from my readers!
If you would like to get involved and be featured on the website… we would love to hear from you! The only criteria is that you are a non-Spanish national and that you either live in Spain… or have a very strong connection to it. You must also have a good photograph (your head and shoulders) You can submit your own answers via the following link: www.spainbuddy.com/interview.