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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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My Parents’ Thoughts on Me Teaching in Spain: My Mom

With the applications for the North American Language & Cultural Assistants program opening this week, I’ve been thinking about all the thoughts and scenarios that went through my head when I applied for the program. One of the big ones for me was telling my parents that teaching in Spain was something I wanted

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My Parents’ Thoughts on Me Teaching in Spain: My Dad and Step-Mom

With the applications for the North American Language & Cultural Assistants program opening this week, I’ve been thinking about all the thoughts and scenarios that went through my head when I applied for the program. One of the big ones for me was telling my parents that teaching in Spain was something

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Ranking Germany’s Christmas Markets

I’m going to preface this post by saying that obviously I have not been to every German Christmas market. Therefore, my opinion is only based on the 5 German Christmas markets that I did see–Bremen, Hannover, Celle, Cologne, and Dortmund. Yes, I realize that I didn’t even hit many of the bigger, more famous cities