House Hunters International

Overzealous barista.
Overzealous barista.

A few posts back I mentioned we were filmed for a U.S. based television show late last year.  Turns out it was for the popular HGTV program called House Hunters International.  Our first airtime is Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30pm/9:30pm Central.  All of our upcoming show times can also be found here.  (Edit: final product below):

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) those of you in the U.S. will see it before we will.  I’ve mentioned that I’m pretty terrified of the final result (it’s a lot harder than it looks!) but will also look back on the experience fondly.  The final result is sure to be an embarrassment so be sure to tune in!

Ever wonder how they film those tight bathroom shots?
Ever wonder how they film those tight bathroom scenes?

For those of you willing to play along, my wife created the following drinking game to enhance your viewing pleasure (and to numb the rough edges of our on-screen performance).
– For every time that Radhi says “fantastic”, drink!
– For every time the word “tumble dryer” is said, drink!
– For every time the word “bike” is said, drink!
– If Radhi’s comment about brass balls makes the cut, finish your drink!
– If Jed’s comment about the bidet makes the cut, finish your drink!


A quick thank you to Michael, Phil, Ray, and Chandra for making it such a memorable time.

Cheers and bottoms up!



17 thoughts on “House Hunters International”

      1. Haha. Despite how “fake” it is – of course it is, because TV and all the obvious reasons – I love this show and the insight it gives into living in different places. Always loved it. I’m sure you all did great!

  1. My wife and I just watched the episode and enjoyed you and your family. We would have been schnockered if we drank after every mention of bikes but alas no brass balls or bidet…our niece and her family just moved to Rota for three years. Her children will benefit from the experience as well. All the best from St. Paul, MN.

    1. Hi Fred. We still haven’t seen the final product but waking up this morning to the reaction has been a blast.

      Is your niece in the Navy by any chance? I know they have a base in Rota. Thanks for taking the time to chime in.

  2. Poofy – you and Radhika were awesome. Erin about fell off the couch when we saw it was you guys. What an awesome adventure. We both agreed, despite the fact that we know you and adore you, you may have been the least annoying couple of all time on HH Intl. Hope all is well!

    1. Haha! One of our goals on the show was not to be “too annoying”. It’s hard, though, because you feel obligated to come up with petty strikes against the houses, otherwise we would have walked through all 3 and said “this works” and the show would have been over 🙂

      We’re still working on getting a copy of the show so we haven’t yet seen the final product. They took 10-12 hours of footage over 4 days, so it is difficult to imagine what little parts made it and what didn’t when you boil it down to a trim 22 minutes. I suspect I’m going to find myself plenty annoying once I watch it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Ross.

  3. Hi there! I really enjoyed your House Hunters International episode – you were indeed the least annoying Americans I’ve seen on the program! My husband and I are planning a year in Spain starting with the 2017-2018 school year (our boys would be 6 and 7 at that time). We’re looking at Granada as a potentially landing spot, and my husband and I are taking an exploratory trip there in October. I wondered if you could share any tips with us on neighborhoods, or any real estate contacts who were helpful to you – we were hoping to meet with someone while we’re there to get an idea of which neighborhoods would work, and what kind of properties would fit our budget.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Thanks for the kind words. If you take a trip, be sure to visit the following neighborhoods: Albaicín (or Albayzin) which is where we lived but has some logistical challenges, Realejo, or Centro. Living in any of these places puts you in the heart of Granada and all are no more than a 15 minute walk from each other. In terms of contacts, do realize that HHI just “recreates” our search on the show so we actually didn’t use a realtor. I just searched sites like and airbnb and reached out to landlords to see if any had any interest in a long-term rental. Many did not, but some did. Good luck!

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