Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

Moving Back to WA

Well, it’s official! I’ll be moving back to Washington this summer. I guess I’ll have to change the name of this blog! I’ve been offered a teaching position in a … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Advice for Living Abroad – Homesickness

This is the latest in my series regarding advice for living abroad. Past entries include: Language | Culture One of the biggest fears people have regarding living abroad is homesickness. … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Visiting WA (August 2013)

After finishing my 6+ week trip through Europe, I flew to WA to visit family and friends for 3 weeks. It was a whirlwind trip, I felt like I was … Continue reading

December 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Belgium (Antwerp, Gent, Bruges) July 2013

ANTWERP I came to Antwerp to see the place my grandfather was stationed during WWII. The town center is still pretty well preserved, so it likely looked almost identical as … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Plan

It feels really great to be back in Madrid. I loved this city from my first day here, and that has never stopped. The crooked cobblestones. The children playing in … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Reflecting on this summer… Looking forward to this year…

I had a really busy summer! I visited 9 countries, 6 of those for the first time. I saw a ton of beautiful places, and had so many wonderful new … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

What I will and won’t miss upon returning to Spain

In a little more than 48 hours I will be finishing the last of my packing and will be going to the airport to return to Madrid, where I’ve been … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Approaching the end of my trip

It’s now evening in Galway, Ireland. I spent the day exploring the town and even got a little pink on accident. I have some pretty intense tan-lines from this trip, … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cinque Terre (last stop in Italy, March 2013)

The Cinque Terre are five tiny towns on the Italian Riviera, all squeezed tightly between the sea and the cliffside vineyards. Half a dozen stairways wind up the hills, serving … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy

Siena was a wonderful place to call home for 2 days. It’s a small town with a homey atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly locals. Because of the short train ride … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

O Sole Mio – Venice, Italy

After my grandmother and brother spent a few days with me in Madrid, we headed to Italy. Venice was our first stop. We only had about 1 and a quarter … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Madrid with the family

For Semana Santa (Easter) my grandmother and brother came to visit me. It was so great to see them again, and to introduce them to Spain. We also went to … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment


Daydreaming about traveling doesn’t require bravery. Enjoying the concept of traveling without actually doing it doesn’t require bravery. Asking your friends about their adventures doesn’t require bravery. But actually traveling, … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

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