Category Archives: Spain

On the “Misery Olympics”

Oh, Imodium (aka Loperamide), how much I owe thee….

This morning, I again participated in an event that is one of the highlights of my week: the #WeGoSolo Twitter chat, hosted by super-blogger Mariellen Ward of Breathedreamgo, one of the top India travel blogs.

(Side note: if you are a woman interested in solo travel, you should definitely join the conversation.  It is a great community, and you will learn quite a bit!)

This week, the topic was “travel challenges”, and the chat questions gave plenty of scope for all of us to tell funny stories, share inspiring lessons learned, and provide support and advice to one another.

The best part for me, though, was the discussion surrounding the final question: “What advice would you give a would-be solo traveller about the bad patches?” Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Asia, China, Europe, Miscellaneous, Spain


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Facebook + Travel = Staying In Touch

Valerie’s Birthday in Madrid, 2002

Facebook takes a lot of flack–some of it deserved (e.g., privacy concerns, ahem), some of it less so (e.g., your Facebook friends don’t have to be fake friends if you’re good about managing your friend requests).  One thing that I love about Facebook, though, is that it allows me to keep in touch with the varied, amazing people that I meet on my travels.

Case in point: ten summers ago, I lived and worked in Madrid.  While I was there, I was lucky enough to be part of a great group of girlfriends who were also expats living in Spain.  When one of the girls–Valerie–had her birthday roll around that July, the rest of us put together a surprise celebration for her.

Last week, on Valerie’s birthday this year, I posted this photo to Facebook as a sort of anniversary reminder.  Because of the magic of Facebook, I am actually still in touch with each of these women today.

In the ten years since we first met, our group has collectively been blessed with advanced degrees, marriages, awesome careers, and babies (including two sets of twins!).  Obviously, this means that we can’t hang out on anywhere close to a regular basis.  For that reason, I am super-thankful to Facebook (and modern technology in general) for allowing me to both stay up-to-date on everyone’s life and share fun memories.

On that note, Happy Birthday again, Valerie, and Happy 10th Anniversary, ladies!

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Europe, Spain


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Photo of the Week: Madrid, Spain

Enjoying delicious, homemade paella in Madrid!

As the weather is warming up here in NYC (bit by bit), I can’t help but speed ahead to dreams of summer.  Ten years ago (wow, time flies!), I spent a summer living in Madrid, and it was aMAZing.  For the first few weeks of my time in Spain, I stayed with two other language students in the home of an older Spanish couple.  One day, our host mom served us homemade paella.  Take a minute to let that sink in, guys.  Homemade paella.  All of us ate so much that we couldn’t move for the rest of the day, and it was clear that our host mom was thrilled with how much we loved it.  Basically that summer exposed me to, amongst other things, the best paella that I have ever had.  Oh, summer, you always leave too soon, and you never get here soon enough!


Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Europe, Photo of the Week, Spain


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