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Expat Interview Feb 2014 No 4. Kaley Hendrickson

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We head to Madrid for this week’s expat interview with Kaley Hendrickson from Indiana. If you would like to be featured, then scroll down and click the link at the base of the article for the questionnaire

Kaley Hendrickson When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I first moved to Toledo, Spain, in 2008 from Indiana. I was doing a study-abroad semester.

Who came with you?
I came with a group of students, but I didn’t know any of them!

Where in Spain do you live now?
Madrid (I have also lived in Salamanca and Zamora)

Do you work? As what?
I’m an English language assistant teacher at a high school in Madrid’s center. Actually, they have some very famous alumni, include Lope de Vega and Quevedo.

How are you with speaking Spanish?
Fluent. I came here with perhaps 60% fluency in Spanish, but I’ve improved a lot over five years, as you can imagine …

If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
Customer service! Also, no more 900 numbers when you need help with an issue.

What is the best thing about living in Spain?
Food and wine are up there. But probably the best thing is my husband and his family, who all treat me like their daughter/sister/cousin/niece.

Kaley HendricksonWhat is your favourite Spanish dish?
So many! Definitely a good lentil stew (lentejas) or lomo adobado or a dish that not many know about, patatas a la importancia.

What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
Spanish, due to my husband’s family and friends. I do have some expat friends, but living in Madrid makes it difficult to get together.

If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are?
Nope, we’d live in Zamora. We’d probably have a bigger house there.

If a movie was made about your life – who would play you?
Alexis Bledel. Once upon a time someone said I looked like her (hah! not!), but I usually identify with her characters.

If you had to describe yourself as a sandwich filling… what would you be?
Tomato, because I love it so much when it’s fresh from the garden, and because of an inside joke my husband and I share.

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!
My blog, Y Mucho Más, is about my life in Spain: the goods, the bads, the ups, the downs—I promise to always tell the truth about my experiences in Spain! A bit irreverent is how I’d describe it.

Want to be featured on this website?

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.

2 Responses to Expat Interview Feb 2014 No 4. Kaley Hendrickson

  1. Hilary February 25, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Nice read! Thanks for mentioning Patatas a la importancia! Going to add that to my list of recipes to try!!

  2. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper February 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

    We publish the recipe tomorrow morning Hilary – and it’s nice and simple too ;)

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