Where to Live in Córdoba, Spain

Planning on moving to or visiting Córdoba? Congrats, it’s a great little city! Here’s a quick guide of where to live if you’re looking for new home, or if you’re just curious and feel like wandering. For the sake of brevity and readability, I’ve grouped some neighborhoods that are technically independent into one area. Keep in mind that…

Nostalgia, She’s a Cruel Mistress

As the new school year starts, I’ve started to feel the unwelcome pangs of nostalgia again. It’s got me scrolling through old photos and presentations; looking out the window and sighing wistfully as I imagine an orange-tree filled plaza far away. What’s the hardest part of moving on? Is it the leaving or the remembering?…

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…

A Letter to my School upon my Departure

Dear IES Profesor Tierno Galván, My departure has gotten me all emotional and reflective and I thought it was appropriate for me to write you a letter. So here goes. There are a million things that I could say about this school, but the one that seems the most important is: thank you. Thank you…

Cata del Vino Montilla-Moriles

All year, Córdoba awaits the spring. We suffer through the frigid houses, unpredictable downpours, and naked trees for the most wonderful time of the year: May. May is the season of sun, flowers, and festivals; when the heat is still bearable and staying inside is nearly impossible. The first event to kick of the fiesta…

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…

The Curious Guiri’s Guide to Spanish Politics

I can’t tell you the number of conversations about American politics I’ve had that have ended with an “oof, my country’s government is a mess.” The Spaniards usually sympathetically nod and then say, “Have you seen our country?” Many years ago, I made the observation that Spanish history reads much like the plot of a…

Innocent Racism?

I normally delight in the absurdities and humor of life and travel and my blog certainly reflects that. But today, I want to talk about something a little more serious. Unfortunately, there are still some things in life that aren’t funny at all. In case you didn’t know, International Peace Day is at the end…