Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Today marks the first time in two years that I will sit down to Thanksgiving with my parents, brother and extended family and enjoy a roasted turkey and all the fixings. My tummy is already growling! A turkey, not a roasted chicken, will be served because in Spain if you don’t pre-order a Turkey you likely … Continue reading

Flashback Photo Fridays: A magical place

It’s Friday. Time flies. It’s time for another post in my Series Flashback Photo Fridays  where I  reflect on my travels by selecting a photo and share a story, a moment or a feeling about a place! There’s a magical place that I’ve been beckoned too and fortunate enough to visit almost a handful of times. It’s … Continue reading

Uncertainty and Why I’m grateful

Uncertainty and Why I’m grateful

Being in the mist of grand transitions keeps life exciting, interesting and full of wonder; what’s going to happen next? It’s a time full of uncertainty yet full of endless possibilities. A time to ponder what you truly want, write out your dreams and believe in them (sometimes the harder part if they seem extravagant … Continue reading

A month of Transitions

A month of Transitions

My life has been filled with so much goodness and the unexpected, it’s been quite a treat to be back. I’ve been needing to take time to reflect and honor all that has occurred in the short 4 months I’ve been home. I’m used to doing a lot when I’m abroad or traveling because it’s … Continue reading

Dear Iberian Peninsula,

Dear Iberian Peninsula,

I don’t think I miss you… Whoa. That’s a bit harsh and not very nice.  Let’s see, how do I express all the emotions and the intangible… I miss things about you. Oh how I do. But before I explain how I miss you so; you see, I’m happy to be with my family. To have happy … Continue reading

Tale of a candy seller: Purple noses of Ghent

Tale of a candy seller: Purple noses of Ghent

While enjoying my time with a great friend during a weekend in Belgium, she told me there was one thing I had to do before leaving. “You have to try purple noses candy from a well known street seller,” she insisted. Rarely saying no to any opportunity, I was game.  Try food? I’m so there.  When … Continue reading

Part II: Lessons I’m learning while living abroad

Part II: Lessons I’m learning while living abroad

Hello readers,  Thanks for hanging in there. As I transition to my “new” life back in the States, I’ve been trying the balancing act of still maintaining this lovely ‘ole blog and putting myself out there, spending time with friends all while enjoying the process of adjusting to where I’m from.  A few months ago … Continue reading

Reflections on coming home

Reflections on coming home

So how does it feel to be back? Some friends ask. Short answer: Good. I feel good. I’m happy to see friends. See family. Visit the taco truck four times in the last week and half. In fact, coming home has been better than expected, especially since my last few weeks in Spain I was … Continue reading

In the Classroom: Role Reversal

Now that I’m back in the U.S., I’m going through all the entries I started but  weren’t quite finished or I simply never published. This is about my experience in Spanish classes by night and being a teacher by day. Working as a teacher by day and as a student by night, I’m learning that … Continue reading

Thank you

Thank you

“Are you sure you’re going back for the right reasons and you’re not trying to escape the inevitable here,” a good friend inquires while we soak up the sun lake side enjoying a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of downtown Oakland.  “Why are you thinking of going for a second year? another friend asks as … Continue reading