Portugal

It’s been a tough few years for travel. Having said that, I have managed to squeeze in some pretty incredible trips using Barcelona as my launching point. While I have found a will and a way to travel, I have been less enthused to write about it. My latest trip home to Massachusetts has given me the spark I needed to share my summer jaunts with you all. First let’s talk Portugal. Portugal has been on my list of places to see for quite some time. At one point last summer I almost got there when I took a trip […]

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Morocco: Chefchaouen

It’s been almost a year since my travels to Morocco so it feels fitting to finally get around to writing about one of my favorite stops, Chefchaouen. The blue city. One of the most amazing places to wander around and get lost. The million of instagram photos and influencer stories did not lie. Postcard perfect, nooks and crannies practically begging passers by to pause for a photo, I fell in love with this little city one winding alley way to the next. Our short stay in Chefchaouen felt magical. While much of the small city is painted in a traditional […]

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Morocco: Fes

Fes, a city I have wanted to see and experience for a long time. Long before Rory, from Gilmore Girls, mentioned the famous Moroccan city, I had an itch to experience Morocco. Now, living in Spain it is a quick jaunt to get there, so when my friend asked if I would be interested in traveling to Morocco for our February vacation it was an easy YES! We decided to spend 5 days of our school vacation visiting three different cities, the first being Fes. In order to do each place justice I have decided to write a post for […]

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Just a Train Ride Away: Girona

Up until this past weekend there have not been any weekends away in quite a while. And while borders are slowly beginning to open again, I won’t be traveling to the far flung places I had envisioned for myself when I moved to Europe. This strange time we are living in has altered, at least for the time being, travel and all that it entails. While I long for a weekend trip to places far and wide I am just going to have to practice some patience and exercise caution as I stay closer to home. This summer I will […]

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Quarantined Journey From Spain

Journeys.  Great. This should be easy.  I love to write about journeys. I’ve written many blog posts about places I’ve been and the things I’ve seen while traveling. But ironically, these last few weeks stuck alone at home with nothing but my own spiraling thoughts and endless hours of being alone; this is this journey that has been the most taxing and life altering, this journey into isolation. Never in a million years would I have predicted this, nor do I think anyone else could have. Looking back to the not so distant past thinking about how excited I was […]

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Budapest Long Weekend Getaway

I am a bit behind in posting about my time in Budapest. I went for a long weekend in November for our school’s Thanksgiving break. The driving force behind the choice of Budapest were, as I am sure no one will be surprised if you’ve read my last post, the Christmas Markets. When I saw we had a few days off for Thanksgiving I immediately started searching for places in Europe that would have their Christmas Markets up and running. The choices were limited, but I was thrilled to see Budapest was on that short list. It was a place […]

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Fiesta Time

I wrote this post earlier this month before the protests and demonstrations began. By the time I was ready to post it, it didn’t feel right to put up a post about celebrations when we had a day off school because we weren’t sure if busses would be able to make it to school. It felt a bit disrespectful to post about parties and celebrations when there was so much unrest. There are still protests and demonstrations but as things have begun to calm down a bit and it is in fact another holiday, Halloween, I think it’s safe to […]

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Dress It Up

Loungewear is not a thing here. An everyday yoga pant is not something you see sauntering down the street. You want to run out and throw out your trash? You better be wearing something presentable and have a full face on. Running to the store real quick to pick something up? Leave the oversized sweatshirt at home. The people of Barcelona are always dressed to the nines. For someone who had totally embraced the yoga pants are real pants movement back home, this has been a real wake up call. No, yoga pants are not acceptable to wear unless you […]

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A Few Favorites: Life in Barcelona

Clinking coffee cups, the chatter of locals and the alluring smell of fresh brewed coffee waft through my living room windows when I pull them open in the morning. Living next to a bakery certainly has its perks. As tempting as those smells are, I also plan on continuing to fit into my clothes, so I have settled on a nice compromise with myself. Each Saturday, I select one treat and a coffee from downstairs to indulge in. While I could enjoy the ambiance of the shop, I have made it a habit now to take my coffee llevar (to […]

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Settling In

So much happens in a week. Just last week at this time I felt lost and confused, as my last post talked about. This week, things are starting to look familiar. I walk in the correct direction before I pull up Google Maps. I’ve started to make it to the bus stop in time without having to watch the bus I wanted pull away as I walk down the street. And I’ve started to get to know other new teachers from my school as we do different activities together. Barcelona is slowly but surely starting to feel more like home. […]

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