Inauguration Emotions

January 20, 2017 By: erik Category: Photos, USA 247 views

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2017 Donald Trump InaugurationWell, it’s been eight years. Eight years of holding my head high as an American expat, proud of my nation and its great (but never flawless) government. During the George W. Bush years, I shut down so many “Why on earth would your country do X?” conversations with, “I don’t know, man, I apologize…” Under Obama that happened – hold on, let me count – never. The Spaniards in my town with whom I am in regular contact did nothing but praise the US leadership.

Shortly after Trump was elected – via the electoral college, not the popular vote – in November 2016, a man whose face I am familiar with, but have never spoken to, yelled at me from across the street. I stopped, and he crossed the street to talk to me. He said something along the lines of, “Look, I don’t know anything about your politics, but you should be ashamed by whom your nation has elected.” I assured him that I was and resisted a retort about the utter knuckleheads (that’s los knuckleheads in Spanish) that Spain regularly elects.

Back in 2009, I blogged a photo of myself watching the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama. Today I do the same.

Congratulations, Mr. President!


2017 Donald Trump Inauguration


Good luck America, and good luck Earth. You’re gonna need it.

  • Miguel

    Knuckleheads they are, indeed.
    Your picture is priceless, btw.

  • Roumena Kratchunova

    Hi Erik. Wanted to let you know that the link in your left side bar ( under the badge, isn’t working. Nice blog! I’m moving to Spain at the end of this month. Wanted to ask you… I’m going to start doing contract work for US companies and plan for that to be my source of income in Madrid. Wondering if you know of anyone in a similar situation and if they have to pay taxes in Spain even if their income is coming only from US companies? Not sure how to even ask Google that question. Haven’t been able to find any solid answers so far, so I thought you may know something. I started an expat group on Slack if you want to chat through that.

    • Thanks for the dead link tip.

      If you are a US citizen (and it sounds like you are), you will have to pay US taxes no matter where your salary comes from (even if you were living and working in Spain for a Spanish company). If you are living in Spain, you will have to pay Spanish taxes. But there is a double-taxation agreement that let’s you deduct the taxes you pay in the US from what you would owe for the same salary in Spain. What I do is I take my W-2 and separate out the social security, etc, from the income tax, and fill them into the roughly equivalent boxes on the Spanish tax form. It changes every year, and I always feel like I have no idea what I’m doing when I fill out my Spanish taxes. What I end up paying Hacienda has varied from 2€ to 4,000€ over the years, based on tax rates going up or down in the two nations.

      Thanks for the slack invite, but I’m already in too many of those. If I lived in Madrid I might be more tempted.

      • Roumena Kratchunova

        Erik, thanks for the response! I really appreciate it. That’s good to know. I’ve been reading about it and I thought there HAS to be some loop. It sounds like that double-taxation agreement is the closest thing to it. Uh! Not looking forward to that. Prices you pay for living there, I guess! Thanks again.