We’re still getting to know Abby Roule, our latest interviewee. Hailing from the States originally, Abby is one of the many Americans who are discovering (and loving) Spain Buddy and all it has to offer. Enjoy reading!
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When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I first moved to Spain in 2008 from New York City where I had been living since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004.
Who came with you?
No one came with me. I moved to Madrid to pursue a Masters in Spanish Language and Literature at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus.
Where in Spain do you live now?
I’ve lived in Málaga (Capital) for the past year with my husband (who is originally from Málaga, although we met in Madrid). We did move to the States for 2 years, but ultimately decided that the quality of life on the Costa del Sol just can’t be beat!
What things (apart from loved ones) do you miss from your country of birth?
I miss the States mostly on holidays that are uniquely American: Fourth of July or Thanksgiving, for example. I also miss some of the foods I grew up with: good NYC bagels, pancakes with maple syrup and a really good burger every once in a while. I guess, also just knowing how things work and not having to research the whole legal process or cultural aspect of it.
Do you work? As what?
My husband and I own a business called Autentico Nueva York where we plan personalized trips to NYC for Spanish speaking clients. I’m the Community Manager and he is on the business end.
How are you with speaking Spanish?
I’ve always loved the language. I started learning when I was in school at the age of 13 and I would call myself bilingual at this point.
If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
I don’t think I’d change much of anything. Maybe the fact that shops don’t open on Sundays because sometimes you just can’t make it to the grocery store in time on a Saturday!
What are the best things about living in Spain?
I think the quality of life is a huge plus. The weather on the Costa del Sol is amazing, the Mediterranean diet, and the people. Also, as much as I get frustrated at the shops being closed on a Sunday, it is nice that the pace of life isn’t nearly as frantic as in New York!
What are your favourite Spanish dishes?
That’s a hard question! I love Spanish food. I love the fresh fish, paella or any rice dish, really. Good home made croquettes are always delicious, and the yummy little padrón peppers!
What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
At this point it’s a mix between Spanish and expats (here in Málaga mostly from the UK), although when I first moved here I made a huge effort to only socialize with Spaniards in an effort to perfect my Spanish.
If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are? Why? Why not?
I think I would…but can I cheat on this question a bit? I’d also buy an apartment in New York City so that we could have a home base when we go back to visit! That’s my real dream. A beautiful home in both cities!
If a movie was made about your life – who would play you? Why?
Zooey Deschanel from the TV series New Girl. I love how she is able to play a character who is zany, but at the same time very much trying to get what she wants in the world. It appeals to the part of me who tried to fit a round peg into the square hole of being a school teacher for so many years, and finally decided to go for it and try something new.
If you had to describe yourself as a cocktail… what would you be, and why?
Maybe a Long Island Ice Tea because its sweet and goes down like nothing, but it packs a strong punch. I like to think I’m that way. Sweet and nice to get to know, but strong and very decided in terms of work and friendships. Must be the Aquarius in me.
Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course).
My husband and I started a bilingual travel blog almost five years ago called El Boqueron Viajero. The idea behind the blog was always to tell people about the great spots we discover both close to home and while traveling. The business grew out of the New York section of that blog and it’s called Auténtico Nueva York. We offer tours and info about New York City in Spanish. We have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for both, so feel free to follow along on our adventures!
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.