“Where are you from?” they asked.
“Seville” I replied.
“No, but where are you really from?” they insisted.
Growing up cross-culturally, there is never an easy answer to this question. If you’ve ever found yourself at either end of this conversation, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.
I’m a Third Culture Kid (TCK), a fancy way of saying I grew up between cultures. While my parents are British, I have spent most of my life in Spain and both cultures have an equally important role in answering the above question.
I’m not sure when I first came across the term TCK, but when I did it helped me put words to my experience and find others who shared this ability to be both local and foreign at the same time.
Living abroad can have its challenges. Struggling to fit in, finding somewhere to belong or defining your identity are some of the recurring themes but they are not unique to TCKs. Adding an international factor can make it more complicated but it also makes it more interesting. My hope is – whatever your background – you might find something on the blog that resonates with you and makes you feel at home.
Living in Seville
I currently live in the South of Spain, in the beautiful city of Sevilla. I love it here and seem to discover something new about this place every other day. When I do, I can’t help writing about it. So if you are looking for some local knowledge on Seville, I’d be glad to help.
Whether you’re planning a year abroad, wondering if you should move to Andalusia long-term, or just getting ready for a holiday in Spain, I hope these tips and insights into Spain and Spanish culture will be helpful.
Why Spanish Berry?
Berries are a wonderful variety of red fruits whereas the Berrys are a wonderful family from England. Since part of the family happens to live in Spain, we became known as The Spanish Berrys. And voilà! (Yes, there is even some French in there, too).