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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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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Moving Day

It’s here, it’s here! Moving day has finally arrived! With a flood of emotions and building anticipation I can’t believe it is finally moving day. There is so much to look forward to. New places to discover, foods to try, and languages to learn. Even better, I will get the chance to experience some of these new things with my family as they travel with me for my first week in Barcelona. While it’s a bit nerve wracking, I am thrilled to be living out a life long dream of living abroad. Besides the excitement of day to day life […]

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Pack Your Patience

In order to move you need to have an endless supply of patience. You need it to stand in endless lines, while working through confusing paperwork, waiting for responses, waiting until it’s time to complete the next step in the process, and most importantly patience with yourself as you navigate uncharted waters. Luckily I have had the best support a girl could ask for though the whole process. In fact, I can’t begin to imagine anyone who chooses to move to another country totally on their own with no one there to guide and answer a thousand questions. My school […]

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New Adventures in Barcelona, Spain

This has been years in the making. Anyone who knows me has without a doubt at one time or another heard me prattle on about how one day I wanted to live abroad. It’s one thing to talk and dream about one day strolling cobblestone streets everyday heading to a local coffee shop in a quaint European town, it’s quite another thing to actually do something about it. But here I am, doing something about it. I still can’t quite believe I will be moving this August to Barcelona, Spain to teach at the American School of Barcelona. I will […]

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May Flowers STEM Fun

With real Spring weather (some warm days!) finally upon us I decided it was time for a more bright and colorful activity for the STEM lab. The saying, April showers bring May flowers was inspiration for a Tulip STEM challenge for students. The lesson fused social studies, science and reading beautifully. We are studying the seven continents so we were able to explore a place in Europe (The Netherlands) famous for their tulips, while creating using the STEM process. This week in reading our anthology featured Gail Gibbons, From Seed to Plant, so the tie in was perfect. Gotta love […]

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