Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock (or, why my country confuses me)

When my phone buzzed with a friend inquiring where I was, I had an excuse for being late: I was overwhelmed with being back in the US and had gone to … [Continue Reading]

Under the Loop

Americana Overload: A Weekend at Road America

It's a family legend that my father took my mother to a swap meet on their first date. A blind date. Nancy, a sworn non-drinker, coped by downing … [Continue Reading]

Red Solo Cups in America

A Very un-Sevillano Summer

I knew I had become the proverbial 'fish out of water' (or perhaps toro out of España) when I hopped in the car for the first time yesterday. My … [Continue Reading]

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Spain Snapshots: The Guadalupe Monastery of Cáceres

Many great places in Spain are seeped in legends, mentioned in texts or venerated by the insane queues at its ticket offices (I'm looking at you, … [Continue Reading]

The Patio of Monasterio de Guadalupe

Big news: I bought a house in Spain!

I have a new hell. The foreigner's office has been officially replaced with a new place that wants to make me rip my hair out: IKEA.  You … [Continue Reading]

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Living in Seville

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A Very un-Sevillano Summer

I knew I had become the proverbial 'fish out of water' (or perhaps toro out of España) … [Read More...]

Travelling Europe and Beyond

Elephant Riding in Rajasthan Good Idea, Bad Idea - Elephants

Elephant Riding in Rajasthan: Good Idea, Bad Idea?

"Ok, you have one minute to decide: ride elephant, walk." Ali swung around, eyebrows … [Read More...]

Travel Photography

The streets of Extremadura village Garganta la Olla

Spain Snapshots: Garganta la Olla, the gorgeous extremeño pueblo you’ve never, ever heard of

There was only one real reason why we stopped: it was sunny and just about 1pm, which … [Read More...]

The City on Three Rivers

Exploring Passau, Germany

One of the cities that really surprised me during my winter travels was Passau, Germany. … [Read More...]

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Two Weeks on the Camino de Santiago: 14 Pictures of my Journey (Part 2)

Where we last left off, I had literally just climbed a mountain, but I had also scaled a … [Read More...]

Teaching Abroad

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Applying to to the Auxiliares Program: How to Apply to be a Language Assistant in Spain

Six years ago, I began researching a way to make it back to Spain. I was a senior at … [Read More...]

No joke, I spent a night here in the Islas Cies.

Sleeping in Spain: A Guide to Accommodation (and 30€ Voucher Giveaway!)

If there's one thing that's weathering the Spanish economic downturn (no doubt tied to the … [Read More...]

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Preparing for the Camino: Why I’m Walking

Muuuuyyyyyy bien chicos! Raquel's morning greeting was accompanied with a slurp and the … [Read More...]