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Reverse Culture Shock is Real

Reverse Culture Shock is Real

Hello! after a year hiatus! Partially due to additional travel, figuring it out… but really just not having the ability to pull myself back…

When You Have to Say Good-Bye for A Week Straight

When You Have to Say Good-Bye for A Week Straight

When I first moved here, I cryptically put a counter on my phone. One detailed how many days I had been in Spain, the other how many days I…

Celebrating the Sentimental

Celebrating the Sentimental

Retirement Today my dad retired from the Coast Guard. I was so sad I couldn’t be there to celebrate in his last 31 years of service. When…

When the Romans Marched on Calahorra

When the Romans Marched on Calahorra

The weekend before Easter was supposed to be a calm time. A time when I recovered both physically and financially from my time in Portugal…

How to Travel and Budget on 700 Euro A Month

How to Travel and Budget 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…

When the Spanish Transportation System Gets You Down

When the Spanish Transportation System Gets You Down

In case it isn’t yet obvious, I live in a small town in Northern Spain. A small town where I and others solely depend on public…

Celebrating Carnival in Northern Spain

Celebrating Carnival in Northern Spain

Did Someone Say Carnival? Carnival, or here, carnaval. A time of extremes, crazy costumes, drinking, and partying. It is the celebration of…

Trying to Recapture the Magic from the Beginning

Trying to Recapture the Magic from the Beginning

Oh, the magic. It’s a common rule of life. You jump into something new feet first and it’s thrilling, frightening, full of things that trip…

“Kids Say the Darndest Things”

“Kids Say the Darndest Things”

And Spanish kids, even more so. Many years ago, when I was still in school at Longwood University, I declared my major- English. And every…