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  • Creative Living: 8 Ways to Stay Disciplined

    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

    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

    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…

  • Amor Pacense

    Amor Pacense

    Una oda a una tierra bella

  • 3 Coping Tools for Moving Back Home (& other big life changes)

    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…

  • 8 Things I’ll Miss About Life in Spain

    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…

  • Back to Spain

    So there was I sitting on my suitcase again, trying to zip it closed, going through my mental list of clothes, teaching sources, and toiletries. Each time I pack my suitcase I have a mini anxiety attack about all the things that could have fit, that could be in there instead of what I have,…

  • 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.