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Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad

Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad [Kindle Edition]

Karen McCann
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Living abroad is an opportunity to reinvent yourself that rarely exists outside the witness protection program. You get to hit the reset button on your life. Karen McCann's tale of moving from Cleveland, Ohio, to Seville, Spain, is "a delightfully well-written true-life adventure story . . . McCann's writing is inviting, immediately charming, and constantly entertaining," says Chris Brady (A Month of Italy).

Dancing in the Fountain takes its title from one blazing hot night when the author and her husband found themselves sitting on the edge of a big stone fountain. Dabbling their feet in the cool water, pretty soon they were wading, then dancing in the fountain. It's technically legal to do this on hot nights in Seville, but an old man passing by growled, "Hey you two, is that any way to behave? You wouldn't do that back where you come from." And that's the whole point. Living overseas, you get to try things you'd never do back home.

“Dancing in the Fountain is perhaps the best book about travel that I have ever read,” writes Guy Thatcher, author of Journey of Days. "It is full of wry humor and it is laugh-out-loud funny."

Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad, says, "What fun. . . McCann's wacky sense of humor will have you smiling on every page. Just reading this will give you the confidence of an experienced traveler."

“Creating a new life in an old European city has never been so delightful, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny,” says Victoria Twead, author of Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools.

About the Author

An award-winning journalist, author and travel blogger, Karen McCann has been living in Seville, Spain, since 2004. Wanderlust has taken her to more than thirty countries, including many developing or post-war nations where she and her husband volunteer as consultants to struggling microenterprises. A fourth-generation Californian, she lived in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband for two decades before the couple moved to Seville “for a year” and decided to make it their home. She makes frequent visits to California because she feels America is something you have to stay in practice for, and she doesn't want to lose her touch.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985028300
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Café Society Press; 1 edition (5 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing in the Fountain 19 July 2014
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I was interested to read this book like quite a few I have read about an Ex Pat though from the U.S.A. and not from the U.K. relocating to Spain.
It is always interesting to hear about the experiences of others , which in this instance was quite different to ours as The McCann's moved to a flat in Seville whereas we are renovating( and have been for 10+ years) an old farmhouse in the "campo" in Almeria Province.
Many of the experiences are the same though and I kept thinking "that happened to us" many times while reading the book.
The information put in to this book is brilliant and invaluable to anyone wanting an insight in to the life here in Spain.
I will say that we have found the Health Service extremely good as I took my husband to Huercal Overa Hospital ,10 minutes from home at midnight on a Thursday and he was sent by helicopter to Almeria at 2pm Friday and came out of Theatre to go to I.C.U. at 6pm following an operation for an Aneurism of his Abdominal Aorta. Both hospitals and staff were brilliant!
Well done Karen on the book and I hope to hear more of yourlife in Spain and the U.S.A. of course!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative Read 3 Sep 2014
By Arekuna
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Wasn't sure what to expect from this book, having read (or tried to read) a few others written by people who moved to Spain. But I wasn't disappointed. The author writes in a chatty and entertainingway and keeps the reader interested - although I found it a little annoying to constantly be given translations for the various culinary dishes and local phrases - these could have been put in an addenda at the back of the book for the reader to choose whether he/she wants to look them up.
All in all I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in living in Spain or who (like myself) has lived in Spain.
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This is an outstanding book for a number of reasons.

Whilst they are very entertaining reads, the stories in books like Driving Over Lemons, are basically other people's lives. The beauty of Dancing in the Fountain is that it is a book that talks about the experiences that anybody moving to a new country and city, battling with a new language and generally trying to understand what is going on - is going to face.

Furthermore, most of us, don't go and give up our lives and buy a farmhouse in a foreign country. This is why McCann's book is so clever, it actually talks about what it is like to move gradually from one culture (your own) to another. I have lived abroad for many years in different countries, but it was this realism that really appealed to me - I could really recognise some of the issues and advantages that the author brought up as a result of living in two different cultures.

The second reason I liked this book is that it provides a very good description from a foreign (albeit insider) perspective of one of my favourite cities in the world. Seville is the 'true' spain - and the author has captured the feel of the city really well.

Finally, its just a damn good read! Some of the stories that McCann described made me cry with laughter. The story of the snake and the husband was unforgettable and I have used it many times since!! Actually some of the best stories of the book are related to the husband - he seems to be really long suffering!

Generally, a really good read - well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seville Here I Come ! 31 July 2014
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This book was brilliant for me. I am thinking of relocating to Andalucia and have been visiting there for over 30 years. This book is well written especially for someone who has only been to Seville on a couple of occasions. I loved the way she describes the people of Seville and all experiences she has from dealing with government forms to leisurely activities - and manages to make it amusing and readable.
Cant wait to explore the region more!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a slog! 5 July 2014
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I found this book quite a slog to finish. It was most interesting in the last few chapters about visitors. I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone I know....I've read far better books on living abroad.I feel the author wasn't quite sure who she was writing for. As a consequence it didn't bring me any satisfaction other than relief to have finished it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating! 13 May 2014
By eileen
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This was compelling, perceptive, amusing, yet practical. I loved reading it and only wished the book were longer! Second volume?
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5.0 out of 5 stars joyous 28 April 2014
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What a pleasure to have an 'expat' book that is a joyous adventure. Many who write on this theme list so many complaints you wonder why the authors chose to leave their previous life to 'suffer' abroad???
Yes, there are serious comments, the transient nature of the 'expat' community being one, and the lack of libraries and a choice of social interaction draws other important comparisons.
As a British 'most of the year expat' in Greece, it was interesting to read this account of life in Spain and find that the underlying experience was much the same. It is often the attitude you travel with that colours the experience.
Josephine Kelly author 'From Lindos with Love'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read about Sanish life 9 April 2014
By chrissy
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Nice to read if you live or are thinking of living in this part of Spain, lots of things you can relate to.
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