My name’s Karina Stenquist, and I came to Madrid from Berkeley, California after finishing a degree in Political Theory (which prepared me perfectly for a career in…ummm….reading?). Anywhoo, came for a year and have stayed for almost 6 now! After attempts at English teaching and barwork, I got my big break and became the writer and presenter of a pioneering online video program on technology news, After talking to a camera for 2 years I decided I needed a breather. So was an intern at CNN; started this blog on immigration, expat, and travel issues; contributed to on politics and cinema; and generally tried to find my place in the mediasphere. Now I’m planning my escape from Spain while trying to eke out a living as an English teacher and preparing for grad school apps. Wheee!

If you’d like to reach me you can leave a comment here or email me at kquist14 at gmail dot com.


20 Responses to “About the Guiri”

  1. Dave Eriksen Says:

    Hey Carina,

    I’ve been a fan of yours since your MoBuzz days. Your blog has really progressed. Good reading! Awesome that you’re doing a stint with CNN. More inline with your degree? πŸ˜‰ I’ll have surf over to MAPMagazine to see what else you’ve been up to. Keep it alive!

    –Dave E.

  2. niklauz Says:

    Pretty much the same as the above poster. I’m wondering, is this the best place to find all the work you’re doing or should I (we) subscribe to these things individually. I am lazy but don’t want to miss stuff.


  3. the_guiri Says:

    Hey there!

    I’m not writing much at the moment, so pretty much anything I do, you’ll find it here. I’ll put links up to anything that comes out in the future, whether it’s immigration stuff or otherwise. Thanks for checkin’ in! Nice to hear from folks from the Mobuzz days πŸ™‚

  4. Chris Browne Says:

    Oh, here you are! I just sent you an e-mail at your myspace page because I stupidly got worried about you. It’s your own fault for being so damn smartcute (my word),
    Best wishes,

    Your American Friend

  5. Carrie J Says:

    Karina. You are so freaking amazing with your Camino self. I LOVE reading your blog!! CanΒ΄t wait to see you and hear all of the stories first hand. Miss you. Best wishes with your hiking and i am sending intense go away thoughts to all of those nasty blisters. xoxooxox Carrie

  6. Jim Stenquist Says:

    Just went through your entries for the Camino trip, and I have to say you are a lot crazier than I ever really gave you credit for. And braver. Glad you are having fun, meeting new people, and seeing lots of cool stuff. Looking forward to more entries. Hope you continue to have fun on your adventure through the mountain.


    Your Screwy Brother

  7. Chris Says:

    Karina, is there any chance of getting in touch with you via e-mail? I have a bunch of questions about you moving to Spain and how easy or hard it was adjusting to a new country, finding a place to live and what not. I my self are toying with the idea of moving there next year from Sweden but there are a ton of issues that I need to clear first before embarking on that crazy adventure. Please let me know, my e-mail address is attached to this message. Thanks a bunch and hope to hear from you soon.

  8. Chris Says:

    Hey Karina, are you reading the comments here or are you ignoring my message I left in August? Please get back to me if possible, if you feel weirded out please say so also πŸ™‚

    Hope to hear from you!

  9. Hi Karina…Just for the record, and not to split hairs or anything, but the term “guiri” does not refer to foreigners in general. As you probably know, the Spaniards have other charming terms for different groups of foreigners, none of which I will repeat here since they truly are derogatory. “Guiri” specifically refers to (more often white-skinned) foreigners from Northern European and English-speaking countries (the UK, the US, Australia), many of whom populate the coasts on vacation or retirement. They are easily identified by their virtual lack of knowledge of the Spanish language, fair skin and hair, and general inability to adapt to local customs and culture. Obviously–that is not you, nor is that me, but that is how the term has been used in its derogatory/affectionate function. Like I said: just for the record. πŸ™‚

  10. the_guiri Says:

    Yeah, I do know its not for all foreigners. It’s a term, not the only term. But I also have certainly had guiri used in reference to me, not in an insulting context though, more poking a bit of fun, ribbing. I’ve been told I have a “cara de guiri” and other such things. I chose the name when my focus was on news having to do with being foreign (immigration, travel, expat life, etc…) and now that I want to post more generally am considering changing it, but have yet to have time to search for a new name. Any suggestions welcome!

  11. Jim Says:

    Hey Karina, you’ll read someone like Douglas Adams, but you refuse to read the Harry Potter books! Having read all the books in both series, that just seems a little silly. What also seems silly is that the list mentioned the Narnia books twice, but not another great book by C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters. Something I heartily recommend. Anyway, the list did have some nice titles on it, and I’ll certainly try some of the one’s I haven’t already read. By the way, loved your commentary on Slumdog Millionaire. Milk should have won.

  12. Fuhad Says:

    Hi, i came across this wile trying to find out what happened to mobuzz. (I went off mobuzz after Gabe Mac arrived) Anyway, talking about Immigration, i have been thinking about moving to Spain, but am torn between settling down or seeing the World in order to find greater truth and meaning in my life and life in general. I tend to ramble so i will just leave saying “nice blog”.


  13. Simon Says:

    Hi Karina, just stopped by to see if (read: make sure that) you’re alive! Glad to see you’re still brushing up against the Net. I gave a lift to a hitch-hiker yesterday who’d walked/hitched all the way to Spain and back, and chatting to him got me wondering how you were doing.

    I moved to Chicago (legally! :p) from the UK in the late 90s and repatriated myself about 5 years later. I’ve become fascinated with all social and political aspects and implications of immigration (and am a devoted traveller and life-experiencer too), so I’m delighted to find my search for you on t’internet yielded your blog! πŸ™‚

  14. Bob Says:

    Just wondering where you went – you haven’t had any activity lateley.

  15. Michael S Says:


    Shocked to see it’s been so long since you’ve posted anything; hope you’re doing okay. Got hooked on your POV back when you were doing Mobuzz and really miss hearing/reading your thoughts on…well, whatever catches your interest! Please give all of us, your many fans, an update on your status, plans, & prospects.


  16. Bob Steiner Says:

    Have you completely abandon this site? I think your followers miss you.

  17. Hola guiri πŸ™‚
    Nice to see Galicia in a header picture – where it rightfully belongs πŸ˜‰

    You were part of my everyday life back in the Mobuzz days, so I just wanted to see what’s up and ask if maybe you may have a more extended appearance in this season of

    Here’s whishing you all the best,

  18. Bob Steiner Says:

    Welcome back!

  19. After being in Spain for as long as you did, are you still feeling like a guiri back in the States? At least you won’t have to change the name of your blog…

    –Dave Eriksen

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