Southern Germany: Munich, Füssen, Nuremberg

Things have been looking up around here. Maybe it’s the springtime longer days, or the excitement of planning my 30th birthday trip to Denver with one of my best friends from college. I’ve also got a family reunion to look forward to in August, as well as potentially attending another conference in Mexico this year….

Sevilla, soul of Andalucía

Sevilla is one of the Spanish cities that I knew I had to see at least once. It’s the capital of Andalucía (the southern region of Spain) and the birthplace of flamenco. Rick Steves says it’s the southern city with the most soul, and that you should just walk around and soak up the atmosphere….

Exploring Madrid and Toledo

My English friend Chloe came to visit the first week of March. We met a couple years ago at the California Wolf Center, where she did an internship and I was an employee. I enjoy showing visitors around, as it allows me to play tourist and enjoy the things that the city has to offer. It’s…

Málaga and Nerja

I’ve got so much catching up to do here (this post is about a trip I took 2 weeks ago) and my excuse is that we’ve moved to a new apartment, celebrated Diego’s birthday, and hosted a friend from England for a week all in the past 10 days. Anyway, I’m excited to share my…

Granada, my first taste of southern Spain

The last weekend in January called us down to Granada, Spain for a friend’s surprise birthday party. This was my first official trip to the south of Spain, so in addition to the excitement of the party, I was so happy to finally be making my way to Andalucía. “Everyone” says that southern Spain is…

Day Trips Near Madrid (Chinchón and Segovia)

Living in a country as interesting and varied as Spain, it would be a shame to stay in one city and never leave to explore. Even if you’re just visiting Madrid, it’s worth a try to make a day trip or two to a nearby town. Just look up towns near Madrid to visit and…

Paris with Family and Friends

Diego and I got to Paris a day before everyone else, so we walked around to see Notre Dame, the beautiful castles and buildings along the Seine, and explore around for a place to have dinner together. It’s definitely worth walking down side streets for a while to find a place to eat off the…

Getting the most (and best) out of Rome!

When my dad asked if I wanted to meet up with him and a family friend in Paris to see Jimmy Buffet in concert, I said “heck yes!”. I hadn’t seen my dad in months and the family friends in years. I had seen JB in concert before, but this venue would be extra special,…

Las Fiestas del Pueblo

The last weekend in August found us in Diego’s home town to celebrate their “fiestas” and a baptism. Seemingly everyone here in Madrid is originally from some tiny pueblo in Spain, and each little town has a patron saint. On that saint’s “day,” they celebrate with cookouts, live music, traditional and modern dancing, and socializing with…

Amazing Northern Spain

For the first two weeks in August, I went up to Asturias (specifically a small town called San Juan de Duz) to accompany a Spanish family and speak English with their kids. I’m so lucky to have been offered this opportunity, as I got to experience so much as if I were a local. They…

Spanish food – setting the record straight

I guess I can’t give people too much crap for asking me how the tacos are here, considering that when I first went to Peru 6 years ago, I was expecting to eat the best tacos of my life. But one thing that we all need to realize is this: tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and fajitas…