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On Saturday, we made our annual family trek to the American Homeland to visit the family. The children behaved absolutely admirably, with Nora, having just finished first grade (actually we took her out two weeks early), taking the gold medal by…
On Saturday, we made our annual family trek to the American Homeland to visit the family. The children behaved absolutely admirably, with Nora, having just finished first grade (actually we took her o...
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Today we had a birthday party for Nora’s seventh birthday. She has been going to classmates’ birthday parties for a couple of years now, but this is the first one that she has thrown. She filled out little invitation cards with the date and her mother’s…
Today we had a birthday party for Nora's seventh birthday. She has been going to classmates' birthday parties for a couple of years now, but this is the first one that she has thrown. She filled out l...
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The following is a true story from my recent trip, written as soon as I boarded the plane. At the gate in Charlotte, twenty minutes before boarding time, there was an African man slowly getting more and more agitated talking to the airline employee at the…
The following is a true story from my recent trip, written as soon as I boarded the plane. At the gate in Charlotte, twenty minutes before boarding time, there was an African man slowly getting m...
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On December 24, I ordered an Antonio Juan doll for my daughter. That might seem a bit late to you, but we were ordering it for Kings Day, the second mythical gift giver Christmas day in Spain, on January 6th. I ordered it online, via Amazon, but the order…
On December 24, I ordered an Antonio Juan doll for my daughter. That might seem a bit late to you, but we were ordering it for Kings Day, the second mythical gift giver Christmas day in Spain, on Janu...
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One of our favorite local hikes is the Pico de las Nieves, a mountain that we can see from our house that is only about as hard to climb as ten flights of stairs. On November 8th, we decided that it was time to take the kids there. It was a beautiful day…
One of our favorite local hikes is the Pico de las Nieves, a mountain that we can see from our house that is only about as hard to climb as ten flights of stairs. On November 8th, we decided that i…
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The Raslets made some good progress in October. The biggest event was Nora starting French lessons. We had been searching around for a potential French teacher for some time. Pretty much the only language that anyone is interested in teaching children in…
The Raslets made some good progress in October. The biggest event was Nora starting French lessons. We had been searching around for a potential French teacher for some time. Pretty much the only l…
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Starting about two weeks ago, shortly after his third birthday, coinciding with a nasty bout of gastroenteritis, Ian’s eyes starting itching, particularly his right eye. He was rubbing the heck out of them. It got really bad this weekend, to the point…
Starting about two weeks ago, shortly after his third birthday, coinciding with a nasty bout of gastroenteritis, Ian's eyes starting itching, particularly his right eye. He was rubbing the heck out of...
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Several of my American friends have asked me privately about ways or plans to emigrate from the United States should certain political powers assume control. This is an open letter to them. The truth is that emigration is hard, and for the most part,…
Several of my American friends have asked me privately about ways or plans to emigrate from the United States should certain political powers assume control. This is an open letter to them. The tru...
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During our visit to the United States for Thanksgiving, we took a little day outing to a local farm, called Mimosa Farms. They give riding lessons and even have a special program to help people with mental disabilities from the local state institutions.…
During our visit to the United States for Thanksgiving, we took a little day outing to a local farm, called Mimosa Farms. They give riding lessons and even have a special program to help people with m...
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Our November was primarily dominated by the run up to and execution of a whole-family trip to the United States to visit my family for Thanksgiving. However, plenty of other things happened first, so let’s get to those. On November 1st, All Saints Day, we…
Our November was primarily dominated by the run up to and execution of a whole-family trip to the United States to visit my family for Thanksgiving. However, plenty of other things happened first, so ...
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Today, after I dropped my daughter off at her French class, I went for a little walk. As I was strolling down the street, I walked by this shop. Perhaps, had I not been an American, I might not have stopped dead in my tracks, but I did. I evaluated the…
Today, after I dropped my daughter off at her French class, I went for a little walk. As I was strolling down the street, I walked by this shop. Perhaps, had I not been an American, I might not hav…
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When we awoke on October 11th, after a full ten hours of slumber, we realized how exhausted we had been, not just from the many kilometers of tourism walking we’d done the day before, but from all the stress in our lives that made this two day vacation…
When we awoke on October 11th, after a full ten hours of slumber, we realized how exhausted we had been, not just from the many kilometers of tourism walking we’d done the day before, but fro…
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Thoughts and photos of an American parent living in northern Spain.
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My name is Erik Rasmussen. This is a little blog that I keep up to lessen the gap between me and my friends and family in the United States. As such, they are my main audience. Other people are welcome to read and comment as well, though.

Originally from North Carolina, I moved to England in December, 2001, and lived and worked there for three and a half years. I moved to northern Spain in June, 2005, and have quickly adjusted to the lifestyle. In March of 2009, my daughter, Nora, was born.