Durango, the ‘Wild West’ of Mexico

I made a trip to Durango, Mexico in November 2018 to participate in another zookeeper teaching program with the International Outreach Committee of the American Association of Zookeepers. Being a part of this committee has brought me so many great opportunities to learn and teach zookeeping techniques, as well as meet new people and practice…

Travel: the best birthday gift

Last year, I turned 30–and that number seemed so daunting when I thought about it. Actually, it still does. It felt like the end of my true youth, like somehow turning 30 meant that I was officially old. Or at least officially an adult. And I didn’t feel ready to turn 30. I was supposed…

Presenting about Mexican wolves in Guadalajara

I first heard about the American Association of Zookeeper’s conference/teaching program in Guadalajara when I was living in Madrid. I was getting ready to move back to the US and feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of going back to my old life after getting accustomed to life in Madrid. One of my friends and past…

Barcelona with family

I’m sitting here drinking a Mahou (Spanish beer) and thinking…what better time to write about my trip to Barcelona. Barcelona, the most visited city in Spain by tourists. The capital of Cataluña, the birthplace of cava, the home of Gaudí, a meeting place of gothic architecture and modernism. And so many people ask, which city…

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….

Galicia: It’s different (and refreshing)

Here I am sitting at home in San Diego, writing about a trip I took to Galicia six months ago. The truth is, getting used to my new life here has been challenging. And writing about a beautiful trip I took to see a friend I miss, to a place I wish I could go…

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….

Colorful Córdoba

Any time I’m presented with the chance to travel, especially to a new place, I try my best to take up the offer. In this case, my aunt and uncle were traveling down to southern Spain after their stay in Madrid, and invited me to come along. So I took the fast train and met…

Cuenca: Diamond in the Rough

When my aunt and uncle came to visit me in Madrid, they mentioned that they wanted to also see a town or two nearby. Something small, quaint, interesting, charming…and I thought, well that’s every town I’ve ever been to in Spain! I always say that every city and town in Spain has its own charm…

My experience at the international wolf conference in Spain

On April 20th to 23rd, the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla and León (Centro del Lobo Ibérico de Castilla y León), their local government, the University of León, and various other entities hosted an international wolf conference with the title “Management and Conservation of the Wolf in Europe and North America: An Unresolved Conflict”. The…