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Dos Años

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Blog, Expat Life | 0 comments

Exactly two years ago, this whole adventure began. It feels surreal, not only that two years later I’m STILL here, living out what was at once a mere dream, but that this even happened at all. It’s funny looking back on this post I wrote just before I was set to take off from the USA. When I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and had no idea that the few Spanish words I knew would be of no help to me in the upcoming months. It’s been only two years, but I can see the naïveté shining through in my writing. I was so overcome with excitement at this huge leap of...

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Dreaming of Donostia

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Basque Country, Blog, San Sebastían | 0 comments

Dreaming of Donostia

As the air cools down to something pleasant rather than stifling, the swimming pools close down, and the beaches empty out, I start missing summer. Not the uncomfortable, humid summer I found here in on the coast in Andalucía, but rather the warm, breezy, beautiful weather I found in the north. Not every day was pleasant, but on those days when the sun came out it was perfection. Just like my hometown of Seattle. I had one of those perfect summery days during a trip with my family to Basque Country’s gorgeous resort city; San Sebastián (or Donostia in Basque.) The water reflected the same...

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The Places That Hooked Me in…

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Andalusia, Barcelona, Basque Country, Bilbao, Blog, Greece, Spain, World Travels | 0 comments

You know that moment when you’re in a new place, whether it be for a few hours or a few days and your pulse quickens a bit? When you glance around and your surroundings absolutely grab you? It may hit you unexpectedly—during an amazing al fresco meal, while strolling out on a balmy night, or watching the sun set. It may overwhelm your senses all at once. The relationship you can have with a new place is like love; you’re left wanting more. Here are the places that hooked me in, and the moments where it hit me: Athens, Greece Climbing up the Acropolis and seeing the spread...

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Friday Photos: Lights

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Blog, Travel Photography | 0 comments

I decided to participate in Twitter’s #FriFotos this week, and the theme is LIGHTS. #FriFotos is played weekly and encourages photographers, from amateurs to pros to submit a photo according to the theme. These are then tweeted and shared across Twitter, as well as posted on blogs. Without further ado, here’s my interpretation of this week’s theme: At the yearly summer feria (fair) in Algeciras, Spain. Ornate lights decorate the entire fairground. Entrance to the fair is through this gate. A more elaborate feria, located an hour away in Jerez de la Frontera, took place in May. How...

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Spanish Gifts Worth Giving For the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 11, 2010 in Blog, Gastronomy | 0 comments

Spanish children may be considered among the most lucky in the world, as they have not one, but two days they receive presents during the holidays. The first is Christmas morning, and the second, (and even bigger holiday) is Dia de Los Tres Reyes, or Day of the Three Kings, as in the Three Kings of Bethlehem. Here are some must-have items from Spain to send home for the holidays, or bring back as souvenirs any time of the year: Spanish Extra-Virgin Olive Oil The Spanish practically bathe in this stuff, and for good reason. Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet as it is rich in...

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Cádiz

Posted by on Nov 14, 2009 in Andalusia, Blog, Cádiz, Spain | 0 comments

Cádiz

On Tuesday, my host mom offered to take the other aupairs and I to Cádiz for the morning. She had a quick work meeting, and we had freetime, so we all hopped in the car for the hour or so drive through the Andalusian countryside. We winded up and down the rolling hills until we were at sea-level, passing through Tarifa (a popular beach town and a kite-surfers paradise) and continued on until we reached our destination. Cádiz is, like Algeciras, a port city. It is also the most ancient continuously inhabited city of Western Europe and is the capital of the Cádiz Province, which I live in....

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