My packing list for Guatemala and Belize

Packing for trips has become an art form to me. I know some people just grab things quickly and throw them in a bag, but not me (not anymore!). Packing the right things is so important to having a good trip. And now that so many airlines are charging a lot for checking bags (and…

Guatemala and Belize in one week!

Warning: long post! This trip was in the works for a couple of years. Chloe and I agreed we would visit South America together. That changed to Central America when I did more research and found out more about Guatemala. Additionally, one of my coworkers raved about Guatemala and Belize as “must see” places. So…

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…

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…