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Creative Living: 8 Ways to Stay Disciplined
If you follow this blog or take the time to look through it, you might notice there hasn’t been a whole lot of consistency. I know, I know. I beat myself up about it ALL THE TIME. I tell myself things like: “If you really loved it, you’d just do it. It would be a…
Monthly Food Budget in Colombia
Something ultra important to me when I settle into a new place is food. Duh, right? While good restaurants in close proximity are a perk, having grocery stores and markets that are close by and affordable is KEY in order to create a solid monthly food budget. Within a one block radius, there are three…
The Reality Behind Travel
Behind all the “grammable” moments, the gorgeous album of photos uploaded to Facebook, the amazing snaps and instastories blasted out for the world to see, the reality of traveling is a sobering one. First, let me start by stating that I recognize how lucky I am to have earned opportunities to travel and to live…
5 of My Favorite Spanish Foods
When I first arrived to Spain, I wasn’t sure what to eat or how to eat or how to shop for myself. It was if entering into a new society suddenly wiped my mind clear of all the things I had learned after living by myself for five years. I’m already indecisive enough as it…
Una oda a una tierra bella
3 Coping Tools for Moving Back Home (& other big life changes)
When I landed on U.S. soil again in June of 2016, I began to weep subconsciously. I had no real thought in my head and didn’t quite understand intellectually why I became overcome with sobs as I stared out at the Logan Airport Tarmac. I didn’t question it though– I didn’t ask, why am I…
Food, Family and more Food: The Spanish Christmas
Chrismas in Spain, or rather December in Spain, referred to as Las Navidades, is a month full of family, friends and overall debauchery. The people are absolutely giddy over vacation, presents, company Christmas parties, family time, and of course, drinks and wine. I’ve just finished my second Christmas in Spain and it was…
8 Things I’ll Miss About Life in Spain
It’s that time of year, and I’m prepping for the inevitable dose of reverse culture shock. To prepare myself I’ve made a short list of some of the things I’ll say goodbye to and miss dearly about life in Spain. In no particular order they are as follows: 1. Breakfast Break and the Siesta Bye,…
Doing it Live: An Impromptu Trip to the Beach
We were seated at the kitchen table eating a delicious seafood paella, discussing potential destinations for a day trip Sunday. We could go to a big lake in Portugal and visit a few of sightly villages around it. We could go to Evora, a beautiful castled city about an hour and a half away and eat…
The First and Very Long Overdue Post: Part I
Part One of the summary of my first year living in Spain as an English Teacher.