Born for adventure: a tribute to my mom

Mother’s Day is a difficult day for me. My mom died when I was nineteen, and was sick for many years leading up to that. Sometimes on Mother’s Day, I’ll go to the beach and think about her and try to recall as many memories as I can. Sometimes I’ll go out for a drink…

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…

Semana Santa in Madrid

Anyone who has taken a Spanish class has probably learned about the famous “Semana Santa” celebrated in Spain. It means holy week, and it’s the week leading up to Easter (so the dates vary from year to year). There are many traditions that are practiced during that week, including special food, events, and for many,…

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…

Settling in

Considering that I’ve only lived in Madrid for 3 weeks, you could say I’m still in the “honeymoon” stage, where everything is new and exciting, and the monotony of everyday life hasn’t sunken in yet. I have however settled into some kind of normalcy. I have a weekday routine that revolves around┬ámeals, classes, Mitzy, and…