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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

Southern, Spain: The Alhambra in Granada, the white villages, Seville, and an awful ending in Cordoba

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

As I write this, I am on my long flight back to the United States reflecting on what an amazing two years it has been. I’ve gotten to see so many fascinating places.

Solo Traveling: The Hanging Houses and Ars Natura in Cuenca, Spain

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Last Friday the NY Times wrote an article about Cuenca, Spain, which was impeccable timing because I had plans to visit on Sunday. The article said if you have never heard of Cuenca to blame it on Toledo. Toledo gets all of the buzz as being the best day trip from Madrid, but Cuenca may soon be getting more

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

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