Driving the Amish Country in Indiana

I sat with an ice cream outside of the small, harshly lit shop in Shipshewana, slowly licking the only ice cream cone I'll allow myself until next … [Continue Reading]

Amish buggies in Indiana

Tapa Thursday: Meson Sabika in Naperville, Illinois

 Growing up, I didn't even know Spanish food existed. My mother is not an adventurous eater, and even our tacos were devoid of spice, onions and … [Continue Reading]

Bocaito de Berenjena Tapa at Meson Sabika

A Peek at Life in India: the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

From where we stood, halfway up the hill to the Monkey Temple, the waning light was turning 'The Pink City' a pearly, golden hue. The jagged skyline's … [Continue Reading]

Hawa Majal Jaipur views

Autonomous Community Spotlight: Las Islas Canarias

Not one to make travel goals, I did make one when coming to Spain: visit all 17 autonomous communities at least once before going home. While Madrid, … [Continue Reading]

spain collage

Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock (or, why my country confuses me)

When my phone buzzed with a friend inquiring where I was, I had an excuse for being late: I was overwhelmed with being back in the US and had gone to … [Continue Reading]

Under the Loop

Living in Seville

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A Very un-Sevillano Summer

I knew I had become the proverbial 'fish out of water' (or perhaps toro out of España) … [Read More...]

Travelling Europe and Beyond

Hawa Majal Jaipur views

A Peek at Life in India: the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

From where we stood, halfway up the hill to the Monkey Temple, the waning light was … [Read More...]

Travel Photography

Hawa Majal Jaipur views

A Peek at Life in India: the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

From where we stood, halfway up the hill to the Monkey Temple, the waning light was … [Read More...]

The streets of Extremadura village Garganta la Olla

Spain Snapshots: Garganta la Olla, the gorgeous extremeño pueblo you’ve never, ever heard of

There was only one real reason why we stopped: it was sunny and just about 1pm, which … [Read More...]

The City on Three Rivers

Exploring Passau, Germany

One of the cities that really surprised me during my winter travels was Passau, Germany. … [Read More...]

Teaching Abroad

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Applying to to the Auxiliares Program: How to Apply to be a Language Assistant in Spain

Six years ago, I began researching a way to make it back to Spain. I was a senior at … [Read More...]

No joke, I spent a night here in the Islas Cies.

Sleeping in Spain: A Guide to Accommodation (and 30€ Voucher Giveaway!)

If there's one thing that's weathering the Spanish economic downturn (no doubt tied to the … [Read More...]

santiago collage

Preparing for the Camino: Why I’m Walking

Muuuuyyyyyy bien chicos! Raquel's morning greeting was accompanied with a slurp and the … [Read More...]