Living in the US again and reverse culture shock

Lots has happened since my last post here, including trips to Galicia (Northern Spain), Germany, and Barcelona, and my move back to the US. I’m hoping to write about all those trips, but right now I’d like to write about what my experience has been like so far being back in my old home. This…

Polvoranca: the cursed ghost town outside Madrid

Situated just south of Madrid, between Alcorcón and Leganés, is a small park called Polvoranca that used to be a town. I learned about it when I was looking for a place to take Mitzy to run around. The park has trails, a lake, and open grassy areas. It also has the ruins of the…

25+ things about Spain that surprise Americans

Here are 25 (okay, 29) things that surprise Americans when they come to Spain. This list was originally written by lacabezallena.com in Spanish (here). I love the list so much (and can relate to it) that I’ve decided to translate it to English here so that my friends and family back home can appreciate it…

The Trump Upset

On Wednesday, November 9th I woke up to the words “Trump won.” I thought it was a joke, and I angrily grumbled “shut up”. But it was true. When I looked at my phone, Trump was leading in electoral votes and only needed a few more to win. I hit refresh, and he was declared…

Traveling with aviophobia

Life is full of little ironies, although some are bigger and more aggravating than others. I enjoy laughing at most of them–except the one where my dad is a pilot, my mom worked for the airlines, and I have a deep fear of flying. And I’m not exactly sure why. I mean, my grandmother suffered…

Post secrets for the traveler’s soul

Ending my last post with a post secret inspired me to look through my collection. For those who don’t know what post secret is, basically it’s a project that started with one man placing a bunch of blank postcards around Washington DC saying “send me your secret” with his address on it. Not only did…

What am I doing with my life?

So you might be wondering, why am I here? What brought me to leave my job and family in San Diego, my culture and my friends? Well, I’m here on a student visa, but I would be lying if I said that studying was my primary motive for coming to Madrid. The real story is that…