About The Pumpkin’s Head…

Betty Joe Alexanderia Virginia Ogburn–that’s the full name (but you can address me as Betty or Betty Joe)…Lover of Jesus (but I’m not anywhere close to being the perfect follower), musicals (I esp. love classic Disney movies), and anime…Indie/alternative music (well, good music, period), vintage and modern fashion, travel, languages and Harry Potter (books and movies) also inspire me… IMG_0429 (2)Not to mention, I’m a proud Wake Forester (me and the Demon Deacon are pals)… Me & The Demon Deacon Now, you might be asking–what’s with the blog’s name???…Well, ever since I was a baby, my aunts and cousins have called me Pumpkin Head, because of my round face, chubby cheeks, and coloring…Hence, with this personal inspiration and clever wordplay, I’ve been able to come up with a unique, meaningful title… I started up this blog to document my first international adventure: spending Spring semester of my junior year in Salamanca, Spain, at the University of Salamanca… Córdoba It was honestly the best semester of my life, and the summer after that glorious time spent in Spain, I was blessed enough to study abroad once again, this time spending a month in glorious London (England, that is), living in a lovely Victorian house in the wealthy neighborhood of Hampstead, learning about the history Global Trade and Commerce, and spending my days exploring the bustling, colorful streets of that beautiful city… Me & Micaela--Kensington Palace   There was even a 4-day weekend dans Paris!!… Me--The Louvre For Spring Break, 2014, I was blessed to accompany the WFU Concert Choir on a tour of the Republic of [O]Ireland, splitting my time mainly between Galway and Dublin for 3 days each…The Cliffs of Moher








In September 2014, after graduating from university, I moved to Zaragoza, Spain and started working as an auxiliar de conversación (English Teaching Assitant)…The following year, I moved to Madrid, where I have been based ever since–here’s to never-ending adventure!!…

10 thoughts on “About The Pumpkin’s Head…

  1. Hi Betty!

    I am a television producer working on the US travel show ‘House Hunters International’. We are looking for English speaking expats who have moved to Spain within the last 2 years or so… I wonder if you might like to share your story?

    House Hunters International is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying / renting process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Here are some links to show you what our show is all about!


    Here are some examples of the show that you can watch on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY-JQWPJr8s – Charlottenlund Denmark
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP2zqdunHo0 – Athens Greece
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo8RevsW-DM – Marrakech Morocco

    We would love to film in Spain again so please get in touch if you might be interested in finding out more!

    Best wishes,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300

  2. Betty good luck in Aragon in a few months! You’ll be surrounded by some fantastic places that you’ll simply have to visit: Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, the Basque Country and not to mention the gorgeous south of France… Hope it all goes really well and that you’re looking forward to it! Also I’m really pleased to see you’ve been to Cordoba, I spent a semestre studying there like you did in Salamance and it’s a stunning city. x

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