How to London in Two Days

Ah, England. The land of ancient monarchies, confused politicians, and excellent rock music. It had always been on “the List,” but curiously, I was never really too interested in seeing London. Perhaps it was my inner hipster, but I figured that London was so hyped up, it couldn’t possibly be that interesting. Thankfully, I am happy…

That Damn Rusty Lock: A Story of Personal Growth

This is the door that leads to the rooftop of my old apartment building. See that rusty lock there? It was the bane of my existence. It’s safe to say that I was incapable of opening this door. No matter how many times I tried, I couldn’t get it. I would yell, kick the door, and…

Galicia, the Land of the Octopus

Tucked into the far west coast of Spain, nestled right above Portugal and out of the way of just about everything is the community of Galicia. It’s well-known for many things: like the Camino de Santiago, a popular pilgrimage across Spain, its dramatically green landscapes, and the seafood. I jaunted up to Vigo, the largest city in…

Valencia: 4 reasons why it needs to be on your list

Valencia. We’ve all heard of it… either from Instagram or your favorite orange producer, right? Maybe if you’re a little more ~cultured~, you’ve heard of Las Fallas. But what do we actually know? At least for me, Valencia was one of those cities people would mention in passing as a “cool spot” in Spain, but…

Do you even Christmas, bro?

That’s right. Spain loves Christmas so much that they even invented a verb for it–navidear, “to christmas.” Since mid-November, the Córdoba city center has been abuzz with Christmas preparations. They’ve hung decorations the city center, stores have put displays in their windows, shoppers have rushed to take advantage of discounts. And now that it’s finally…

The House of Three Languages

You may as well call us the Tower of Babel, because at any given moment, there are at least three languages thriving in my apartment. Spanish, Italian, English; and sometimes all three mixed together in what we like to call Monicasolani, thusly named for its main employer, my roommate. I am the only North American…

Tom, the Coolest Dog You’ll Ever Meet

This is Tom. Tom is a golden labrador, living The Dream. He runs, he hunts ducks, he gets his stomach petted. Life is good. Tom is also the coolest dog I’ve ever met. He’s extraordinarily friendly, tolerant, and caring. He never lets the children roam away alone–he’s always there, making sure they’re safe. And even…

The Survival Guide to Klepto Monkeys

Gibraltar is a bizarre place. It is referred to as a “British Overseas Territory,” because “colony” just doesn’t the same ring to it. Gibraltar sits at the very tip of Europe, a lone English rock in the midst of the Spanish sea (and the Mediterranean sea). To get to this Anglo-Saxon oasis you must take…

Sunrise over the Mediterranean

Original post date: 2/11/13 Yesterday, we returned from a weekend in Morocco. The experience was incredible…I’m not even sure where to begin. What was the coolest part? It’s hard to say. But I’ll tell you all this story: The first morning in M’Diq, I was awoken by the call to prayer. It was sung over…