Traveling Solo for the First Time

This beginning of the end of my year in Spain starts with my solo trip to Lisbon. (And first solo trip eva.) Now starts, after a 3 month hiatus, the travel-bug life for me. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. After many months of down time, sickness, and a little bit of missing […]

Why Lisbon, Portugal is A Must Visit

I had never been to Portugal. In fact, I can honestly say it never really was high on my list. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because in a way it doesn’t make the history lessons or come to mind when one thinks of Europe. But let me set the record straight now that my mind has […]

On 700 Euro A Month

I suppose I’ll go ahead and breach that subject of money and how I budget. An interesting topic at best, because when I initially got here, I very much doubted I would be able to survive. Now, that being said, living in Spain is much, much less expensive than living in Northern Virginia. But I suppose […]

Did Someone Say Carnival?

Carnival, or here, carnaval. A time of extremes, crazy costumes, drinking, and partying. It is the celebration of excess right before the beginning of Lent. And though I was aware of Carnaval (think Mardi Gras and things in South America) it was low on my radar that Spain actively celebrated this holiday. In fact, huge parties happen […]