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Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  269 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
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," ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 5th 2012 by Caf Society Press
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Liesl Gibson
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Meh. A few obvious inaccuracies, even apparent to a newcomer like me. For example, the term "de Rodriguez" refers to a film in with a main character named Rodriguez, not with changing one's name to avoid getting caught cheating. It's a funny term that I adore, but the author didn't describe it accurately. More blatantly, I found the book offensive when it comes to the discussion. The reason healthcare is inexpensive in Spain is precisely because they don't do lots of medical testing like we do i ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Part of the fun of traveling is reading about the country I am going to visit beforehand. It's a way for me to extend my vacation a bit. Because we will be going to Spain later this summer, I picked up this book and it gave an enchanting snapshot of Seville. Although the subtitle indicates this is for Americans contemplating living abroad, there was enough about Seville and the Sevillianos to make this a fun book to read before traveling there. Ms. McCann has a humorous writing style that kept m ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I'm not ready to move abroad yet, but do enjoy reading of others who have made the leap. The author made me laugh multiple times with funny stories of language mishaps and cultural misunderstandings, sometimes 'til tears came to my eyes. I kept wanting to read parts of the story out loud to whoever happened to be near by. Highly recommended!
Jo-anne Himmelman
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I have read quite a few travel memoirs but this book provided the option that most of us don't think of when moving to another country - renting. I travelled with Ms McCann and her husband looking for the rental, moving back and forth between the States and Spain, learning the language while living in the country and trying to keep up with the language and customs of the locals, grocery shopping using metric measurements, staying out all hours of the night and enjoyin ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Often funny, sometimes sad, but never boring Dancing in The fountain is a wonderful memoir of an American couple's slow (and sometimes painful) integration into the pandemonium that defines Seville. In Karen McCann's hands Seville leaps off the page and assaults you with its sounds, smells, traditions, culture and above all its people.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was a fun read, with some good information, but not entirely accurate. The narrative flows well and moves at a good pace, but don't get bogged down in some of her "Spanish" terminology because her translations fall short of being correct.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
McCann's writing style is entertaining and easy to read. When you're done reading, you'll want to get up and start planning your cultural adventure abroad.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book!

I loved the humor and the first person account of a middle aged American couple moving to Spain, and the adjustments and joys of their experience. Reading it was a true pleasure, and it has certainly piqued my curiosity about whether or not it is “doable”’ for the average American in mid-life to consider. They were able to keep a house here in the States, while renting an apartment in Spain, and go back and forth from Spain to the U.S. each year. It sounds like the best of both wo
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
This is an interesting and delightful story of expat adventures in Seville. The author also relates the sacrifices made in order to acquire the special and alien lifestyle of living abroad. It is a real story written with humour and simplicity. I loved tracing the thread of the melding into Sevillian daily life. As an expat myself, learning how to navigate and then meld into a new culture is part of the excitement and challenge of living overseas. Thanks, Karen. Good one!
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As someone who has always dreamed of traveling, living abroad and enjoying life to its fullest this novel inspired me. It couldn't have been a better book to occupy my extra time.
Vera Marie
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-memoir
Note: I read this book in e-format. It is also available as a paperback.

Seville is dangerous. And I don’t mean in the way portrayed by Robert Wilson in his wonderful mysteries, because when it comes to crime, Seville is pretty tame. No, Seville is dangerous because if you visit there, you may not want to go home again.

Dancing in the Fountain reminded me of how much I loved Seville. Karen McCann and her husband Rich came from a home in Ohio. They traveled to many parts of the globe. And when
Jessica Lipowski
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
I really enjoyed “Dancing in the Fountain” by Karen McCann. Being an expat myself, I can relate to her and her husband on so many levels. What I especially loved about this book is that she details the many facets of expat life, in a way weighing the pros and cons. She discusses how it is possible for anyone to move abroad and how to make it happen, whether in Spain like her or elsewhere in the world. By documenting her everyday life, emotions and the process she went through, it's a great read ...more
Pat Ellis
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I know Seville quite well - not through living there but spending time there often - I can picture what the Author describes in her Memoir - moving from the USA to live in Seville - I enjoyed the way Karen McCan captured the essence of Seville and the people from this part of Spain - it's difficult when you want to be part of a new City - fitting in can be tricky, testing, frustrating and takes quite a lot of guts and determination - you need to be able to take the rough with the smooth / laugh ...more
Heather Richierich
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
I think there is a very specific audience for this book and I just wasn't it. Her title doesn't reflect the book at all in my opinion. It's a book for people who are married and want to mix it up and move abroad and how exactly that will go each step of the way. I found the personal bits weren't inspiring but just telling of what any individual who made this switch at that point in their life would encounter. I was hoping for more tales of spontaneity and excitement than this had to offer me, ho ...more
Debbie Lipscomb
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love Spain & Europe
Recommended to Debbie by: We Love Memoirs FB group
I thoroughly enjoyed the way that Karen McCann captured the way of life in Seville, Spain. Her humor and wit were quite entertaining, and her descriptions were delightful. Although I felt that the book started a bit slowly with too many details, it really picked up the pace and flowed smoothly throughout the rest. Chapter organization was good. Ending was strong. I was disappointed to see that there were no other similar books from this author. I could easily see her writing a series, such as th ...more
David Canford
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I do admire her and her husband for embracing life and moving to Seville, learning a new language and dealing with the challenges rather than just settle into a comfortable retirement of living the familiar. However I felt there was too much about their life back in the USA and not enough about the people of Seville and the surrounding area - as presumably they travelled around Andalusia, or maybe not. It does raise some good issues to consider if you are thinking of moving abroad.
E.J. Bauer
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I travelled in Spain some years ago, I loved Seville and its vibrance. This book made me realise I wasn't wrong in naming it my favourite Spanish city. While the book clearly covers many practical aspects of living abroad as an expat, every page is so beautifully written it feels like one big fun adventure. Read it before you visit Seville, read it after your visit. It's a book I found hard to put down. I have placed Seville firmly on my bucket list for the second time.
Patricia O'neal
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful adventures

Another amazing, entertaining and informative book. I feel like I'm sitting on that IKEA furniture and hearing these wonderful tales from my dear forever friends. I've read this and train nomads, love them both. I live in the Sunset near Ocean beach so know what my "summer" will be like, but the "Indian summer" in September and October are awesome ;-)
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As an expat myself (living in France) I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the experiences of a couple making their life in Spain (part of the time). I liked the colorful sense of place and the positive outlook of the author who truly enjoys her new cultural surroundings.
Myra L Rice
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen and Rich in Spain and the U.S.

I loved this book! I had read Karen McCann's book which follows this one and enjoyed both! Her sense of humor is great and her descriptions are amazing!
Peta-Dee Rawlinson
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. A found myself being whisked off to Seville and taken on a wonderful and enlightening tour of the fabulous city. The characters are lovely and I just soooo want to pack up our cases and go. A wonderful read.
Jun 17, 2013 added it
Inappropriately titled - unless you are independently wealthy and can afford a second home in Seville, Spain and multiple trips back to California each year.
Jane Brewer
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read. Now I want to move to Spain. *sigh*
Kathleen Gamble
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun read, especially if you've ever been to Spain for an extended period of time.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Very enjoyable book about an older American couple who moved to Seville, Spain.
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After ten years of enjoying expat life in Seville, I began to wonder if I could still have the kind of spontaneous, unstructured travel adventures I'd enjoyed in my youth. So I headed to the train station, taking nothing but a small, roll-aboard bag, a Eurail pass, and my husband. The journey took me across 6000 miles in 13 countries, mostly in Eastern Europe. My experiences — often hilarious, occ ...more
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