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    España: Falling into Place

    Spain Weeks 19, 20, 21 & 22 February 2018 I’m officially a city dweller! And I have never been so happy about it. I’m a not a city person, as a rule, I’d called myself a country gal. Or maybe more like a townie. I’ve never lived in rural, roughing-it terrain. But really, it’s not about the amount of people…

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    España: Moving Out, On, Up

    Spain Weeks 16, 17 & 18 January 2018 Happy New Year! To be honest 2018 started out kind of rough. My New Year’s night was spent puking at two in the morning (no matter what anyone says I do NOT consider this an indication that it was a fun party because it was, up until that point, but then I…

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    España: Bridges

    Spain Weeks 10, 11, 12 & 13 December 2017 In America, the weeks after Thanksgiving are the beginning of the holiday festivities. And in Spain it’s only slightly different. My December was framed around their puente break. The first week of December there is the Spanish constitution day (December 6) and then the Immaculate Conception (December 8). So in true…

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    A Summer Stroll in October // Malaga & Nerja, Spain

    October 2017 What helped define my experience in Malaga was drinking tinto de verano (hint: verano means summer). Similar to sangria, it packs a punch of red wine with sweet fruit slices and the addition of lemon soda. Malaga is a major vacation destination that’s full of modern shops and restaurants but past all the drama, true Spanish culture lies. Malaga is the home…

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    España: Darkest Before the Dawn

    Spain Weeks 7, 8 & 9 November 2017 Do you know how hard it is to teach another language without a voice? I’m not trying to be all metaphorical here and get into a debate about power. I’m talking about not having a voice because your throat decided to rebel against you. With the change of seasons I always seem…

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    España: Coincidental Companions

    Spain Weeks 4, 5 & 6 October 2017 It’s ironic really. The education system here is a unorganized at best, chaotic at worst. Before leaving for Spain I applied to be a substitute teacher. I had a month to work and make some extra money. Plus I am a fully certified teacher after all. I could get some practice and help…

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    España: Running through Olive Groves

    Spain Weeks 2 & 3 October 2017 The actual reason I came to Spain in the first place– and maybe what I failed to make specific in my last post– is to be a language assistant in a Spanish public school. Officially I am an auxiliar de conversation, or a language assistant. (Also referred to as a cultural ambassador which I think…

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    España: Day by Day

    Spain Week 1 Septemeber 2017 The past week has been a complete shakedown of my endurance. I felt quite like Mrs. Bennet mentioning the state of my nerves at every turn. The week before I left for Spain was a trial in itself. I said good-bye to friends, family, and an environment and country that were familiar and comfortable. I’ve…