A Hike in Jimena

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Andalusia, Blog | 0 comments

Though the white-washed village of Jimena de la Frontera was beautiful; its flower-filled patios and steep, winding streets couldn’t compare with the natural beauty in its surroundings. After climbing to the top of the foothills which Jimena clings to, I walked through the ruins of the Moorish Castle. At one time, the castle made an ideal lookout for approaching threats as the views stretch all the way to Gibraltar. I’m continuously amazed by tangible history in the form of ruins. Maybe that’s what drew me to study abroad in Greece? When I finished ooing and aahing, I...

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Hang This On Your Wall.

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Not that anyone actually needs inspiration to travel, but when your suitcase is collecting dust and you have no trips planned for the foreseeable future, a gorgeous typography print on your wall will perk you up and get you motivated to put a few extra pennies in the travel fund. So, I saved you the time of scouring Etsy, and found these darling prints by some very talented artists. Don’t want to invest? At least pin them on Pinterest, and give them some love…oh, and while you’re there, follow me! Via MaeChevrette on Etsy via Flourish Café on Etsy via EinBierBitte on...

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Andalucía’s White Towns: Jimena de la Frontera

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Andalusia, Blog, Pueblos Blancos, Spain | 0 comments

When you live in a bustling, congested port city, sometimes you just want to get away. To escape the noise, the pollution, the people, and find solace in a quieter, simpler place. This place for me was Jimena de la Frontera. Jimena is the type of fairytale Spanish town that seems straight-out-of-a-postcard. White-washed villages have always captured my heart, but Jimena’s regal position perched high up on the foothills of the Serranía de Ronda commands your attention. As a town that carries “de la Frontera”, Jimena’s name is a reference to the Moorish occupation of...

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Life Lately via Instagram

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Blog, Expat Life | 0 comments

So all you fellow iPhone owners are likely familiar with the app Instagram. If not, it’s an app that turns your blah camera phone photos into something a bit more eye-catching with fun filters. Anyway, a fellow blogger, Jenni of Story of My Life, started documenting her day-to-day life via Instagram, compiled them into a weekly round-up and has encouraged other bloggers to participate. So with no further ado, here’s life lately through the lens of my iPhone: A walk around the neighborhood at sunset. Love the bright colors+Spanish architecture. Meanwhile, back home in Seattle,...

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17 Mile Drive, California.

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Blog, United States, World Travels | 0 comments

If you ever find yourself driving near Monterey and/or Carmel, California, stop everything and find the signs that point you towards the 17-Mile Drive. This gorgeous stretch of scenic road leads you through the Del Monte Forest to the Pacific coastline with several sights and stops in-between. If you go slowly, as I did, it can make for a beautiful day-trip. Otherwise, plan on at least two-three hours for stops and photos. If you’re pressed for time, it’s still worth paying the toll (about $10) and driving through. The 17-Mile Drive isn’t just stunning scenery, the famed...

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What I’d Wear: Casual City Sightseeing

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Blog, Expat Life | 0 comments

I’ve been wanting to find a way to incorporate fashion into my seemingly ‘Spain-only’ blog. Those who know me can attest to my love of fashion, or at least, my inability to avoid sales at my favorite stores. This is another reason why expat lifestyle wins out for me—I get to have a closet! Albeit, a small European one. So, I’ve started a new series: What I’d Wear, featuring outfits I’d choose depending on weather, location and activity, influenced by the fashion I’m exposed to here in Europe. Don’t worry gentlemen, I haven’t...

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