Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

Lake Titicaca, Peru (July ’16)

Yes, I’m very very very behind!! I was originally going to spend a day and a half each on the Uros and Taquile, but food poisoning kicked in right before, … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Too busy for reverse culture shock?

There has definitely been a bit of reverse culture shock, but it hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting. Probably because I’ve been so busy starting the new school … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Slowly settling in

I guess I forgot how much work it is to unpack an entire apartment! The last time I did this was the summer of 2010, and at that time I … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

Cordoba (Part II – Patio Festival)

Every May, something called the Patio Festival takes place in Cordoba, in Andalucia. Dozens of people open their flower-filled courtyards to the public, and entrance is free! They’re all competing … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

One Week Left

A week from today, I’ll be spending my last night in my Madrid apartment, and then flying to Croatia the following morning. The goodbye will be a bit drawn-out as … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Only in Spain…

…do they take the retirement age of 65 so seriously. When it’s your 65th birthday, it’s common to retire that very day. This year one of the teachers at my … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sunny Friday

I have a lot to be thankful for here. I was thinking about it today during my commute home. It’s 2:20 and I’m leaving school, it’s sunny, mid-50s F (13 … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas in Prague

For the first stop on my 18-day winter break trip, I went to Prague. I had previously been there when I was a sophomore in high school, traveling with my … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas in Central Europe

Yesterday I returned from 18 days in Central Europe. I had a great time and saw so many beautiful places!! I’ll be remembering the architecture of Prague, the great beer … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Luces de Navidad en Madrid [Christmas Lights in Madrid] 2013

This is my second year in Madrid, and my second time experiencing the beautiful lights in Madrid and learning more about Christmas traditions here in Spain. I met up with … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Thanksgiving in Spain, Year 2

This year, I went to TGI Friday’s with 3 Spanish friends for Thanksgiving. It was a set price of 17.50 for a bowl of cheesy broccoli soup, a huge plate … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Spanish Beach Culture

In Spain, every worker (no matter the job) is legally guaranteed at least 22 paid vacation days per year. Once you factor in weekends and public holidays, this amounts to … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Advice for Living Abroad – Culture (it’s all in the details)

This is the latest in my series regarding advice for living abroad. Past entries include: Language Keep in mind I’ve only lived abroad in one country – Spain. My advice … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Back in the USA

I landed in Seattle about 12 hours ago, after a connection in Chicago. It’s the first time I’ve been in the US in almost a year, after living in Madrid. … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 3 Comments