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…

Exploring Madrid and Toledo

My English friend Chloe came to visit the first week of March. We met a couple years ago at the California Wolf Center, where she did an internship and I was an employee. I enjoy showing visitors around, as it allows me to play tourist and enjoy the things that the city has to offer. It’s…

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…

How to move your dog internationally

If you’re planning to move internationally and you have a dog, you may already realize that taking them with you is not an easy process. I had my own struggles when moving my dog-child, Mitzy, from California to Spain. So I am here to attest to two things: moving your dog internationally is possible, but…

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…

The boobs and the bees

Come to find out, learning a language is much different than living a language–for example, when you learn a language, your teacher gets to decide what to tell you. When you live in a language, you pretty much hear everything, and you get to see how the locals talk, whether or not it’s grammatically or…

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…