We all know that feeling of finally being settled in and knowing where you are going. I personally get great satisfaction from achieving this feeling, particularly here in Madrid, a foreign country, a foreign language, foreign foods, and yet... it almost feels like home. But not quite. Yet, I know that when I leave in … Continue reading 10 Things I Did in my Last 10 days!
When I decided to come to Spain, I made a list of things I HAD to try while I was here. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a planner and that I like lists so this was no different. The list included: 1) Learn how to speak Spanish (it's a work in progress … Continue reading Strut like you mean it!
Did someone say ROAD TRIP? Yes, yes I did. Just this past weekend, I visited the region of Andalucia in southern Spain. But before I get a head of myself, and tell you/show you all the super cool sights, I have to tell you one of the best parts... my ELI Conversation Partner and friend … Continue reading Are We There Yet?!
(WARNING: Long Blog Post ahead.) Ireland. Yes, I know I wasn't tasked with writing a blog on Ireland, but since I went I figured I would make some comparisons to Spain and such. In case you couldn't tell based on the red hair, freckles, and a last name like McAllister - my family is originally … Continue reading Wanna go back for Moher! – Excursion: Ireland
June 24, 2017 Toledo, a city just under an hour outside of Madrid, serves as a very important city in the history of Spain. Not only did it used to be the capital of Spain, but it is the current capital of Castilla de la Moncha and continues to reflect Spain's the diverse history. In … Continue reading The Tale of 3 Religions- Toledo, Spain
In Spain, music seems to literally be a way of life for some people. It evokes emotion, and sometimes it is even used to put bread on the table. It seems that anywhere I go I will get some live entertainment! Which in some ways is nice considering in the U.S. you usually have to … Continue reading La Musica!
When most people think of Spain, they think of the Cheetah Girls Barcelona scene, paella and long sprawling fields of grape vines ready to be turned into wine. While those things are all amazing, from that viewpoint you tend to miss out on the other amazing things Spain has to offer. For example, San Sebastian! … Continue reading San Sebastian
[June 11, 2017: My First [and last] Bull Fight in Plaza de Toro!] Before leaving for Spain, many people told me "Don't go to a Bull Fight!" or "You know what happens at a Bull Fight right?! They kill the Bull!" In America, a Bull Fight would be met with hundreds of Animal Rights Activists … Continue reading My First (and last) Bull Fight
Spain is a country with a long history and a wide variety of cultures, languages, and foods. While most people remember Spain as the country that sponsored Christopher Columbus to "sail to ocean blue in 1452", there is SOOOO much more to it! Spain is also one of the most Catholic countries in the world. … Continue reading Vamos a Salamanca!
No worries, I know you didn't sign up for Spanish classes, so I won't test you by writing it all in Espanol. However, that is EXACTLY what my professors did on our first day of class. In full disclosure, I really really wanted to be placed into Low Intermediate level classes (B1), but received … Continue reading La primera dia de la escuela!