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Which did I like better – Croatia or Madrid?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I’ve been back home in Cincinnati now for just over a month and one of the most common questions I hear is whether I liked Croatia or Madrid better. At first I found this question nearly impossible to answer because both are so dear to my heart, but I think I figured it out. If I could only live abroad for a year or two and I had to pick just one, it would be Croatia. And if I had to pick one to live in forever, it would

Happy New Year 2011 Post-It Stop Motion Animation

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Happy New Year to all of our family and friends. We had such a blessed year in 2010 and are excited to see what 2011 has in store for us. We are most looking forward to being back in Cincinnati and spending time with those we love. Below is a 90-second New Year video I made frame by frame with post-it notes.

Trying to Become Fluent in Spanish

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Before I came to Spain I made a goal to become fluent in four months. It was an arbitrary time period and the definition of fluent was pretty arbitrary too, but I wanted to have a goal. Fluent for me is being able to speak without fear of messing up (even though I will always make errors) and to be able to understand native speakers easily whether they are talking to me in person or on the phone

Day trip to Segovia, Spain: the Aqueduct, the Cathedral, and the Castle

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Segovia is a historic town located 56 miles north of Madrid. Last weekend, Jay and I took a last-minute day trip there with our new friends, Gaelle and Thibaut, who are in my Spanish class. Segovia is only a 30-minute high-speed train ride from Madrid (though it really took us an hour and a half because it took us 30 minutes on

Madrid with my parents: Costume Museum, San Francisco Basilica and a day in Toledo

Friday, November 12th, 2010

After our cruise, my Mom and Dad made their way back to Madrid with us to see the city and what life was like for us living here. It was tight quarters in our small studio apartment for four of us, but we had lots of fun. It was hard for them to imagine how Jay and I could live together in one room for so long without getting in each

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary, Part 1: The Guggenheim in Bilbao

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug. – John Lithgow This quote seems to summarize so much of life for me — and I know every year I will feel more that way. Jay and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last weekend with a short trip to Santander and Bilbao. I can’t believe we have already been

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