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…

Things I find funny in Spain + updates

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, mostly because I’ve been busy volunteering and playing tour guide to some friends. I’m so lucky to have friends that held a cookout in honor of the 4th of July. We ate good food and swam in the pool. Mitzy came too, and we learned that she…

A very Spanish wedding

Last weekend I had the honor of attending my first wedding here!¬†The wedding took place in Torrejoncillo, a small town in western Spain. The pep talk I got for this was basically “we are going to drink a lot, eat a lot, and stay up really late!” which was all very true. Also, I was…

San Isidro and a motorcycle ride

My Nana jokingly told me the last time we saw each other that I need to find out if the rain in Spain truly does fall mainly on the plain? Well I am here to say that the rain in Spain doesn’t fall mainly on the plain, it falls EVERYWHERE, all the time. We’ve been…

Asturias is Spain and the rest is conquered land

When I signed up for Spanish classes at the University of Madrid, I didn’t know that they offered day trips and excursions to various parts of Spain! Yes, they cost extra but are a great deal. When I found out that they were going to Asturias (Northern Spain) for 3 days, I really wanted to…