Thoughts on Returning to the U.S.

My last published two posts were roughly about 2 months ago, and in one I vowed that I would return to blogging. Well, as is famously said on many blogs, both defunct and up-and-running, life got in the way. I said my ‘hasta luegos’ in Spain and headed back home to the U.S. for about 6


Loving Amsterdam

I hadn’t really begun to think about my expectations for Amsterdam until I was taking the train in from Germany. My friends I was meeting there had planned the trip, and because I didn’t want to spend Christmas alone, I decided to piggyback off their trip and join them for the holidays.


Why I Haven’t Been Blogging Recently and My Future Plans

It’s no secret that’s it’s been a while since I’ve blogged at all. My last published post was about two-and-a-half months ago. Sorry guys… To be honest, I don’t have any earth shattering excuses or crazy, out of this world scenarios that have prevented me from blogging to share with you. I simply have


December, January, and February Monthly Update

Well, I definitely fell behind on my monthly blog updates. I could blame it on being on vacation in Germany when December ended and January began, but really time has just flown by. I can’t believe it’s almost March! Although, I am happy to say that March probably…hopefully…means warmer weather. December Anyways,


Exploring a Medieval Market in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

The same cold, wintry weekend that I took my trip to San Millán de la Cogolla to view the birthplace of the Spanish language I also took a day trip to Santo Domingo de la Calzada to attend a Medieval market of sorts. Santo Domingo de la Calzada is a small town


The First Written Spanish in San Millán de la Cogolla

San Millán de la Cogolla. Ever heard of it? I’m assuming not. It’s okay. I hadn’t either until I moved to La Rioja, Spain. On my first day of classes I asked my students what things were must-sees in La Rioja and the surrounding area. Other than suggesting some bodegas, which shouldn’t be a surprise living


5 Myths About Teaching English in Spain

The subject of teaching abroad comes with many hopes, expectations, and a lot stigma attached to it. Some people view you as skirting the “real world” for a year (or two, or three,…) of adventure, fun, travel, and escaping becoming a “real adult.” Others see teaching abroad as an opportunity to experience


Auxiliar de Conversación Budget

Before I departed to teach English in Spain, I put together a pre-departure auxiliar de conversación budget forecasting what I thought my income, expenses, and savings would be. Luckily, there was plenty of information on the interwebs that was mostly accurate because I was able to predict my budget relatively well, especially


Looking Back: 5 Years Since Studying Abroad

It’s officially been 5 years since I studied abroad. Yes, 5 YEARS! I cannot believe it. It seems like yesterday that I was in Chicago’s O’Hare airport saying goodbye and walking through security with a rush of emotions flowing through my body. I was nervous, anxious, excited, scared, doubtful, and exhilarated all at the


3 Things I Love About Granada, Spain

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while or know me at all, you’ll know that I am in love with Granada, a soulful city deep in the heart of Andalusia, Spain, that was my first home away from home in Spain. I lived there for four months when I was