Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

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

A Day In The Life

Here are some boring pictures of my daily life, mostly just my commute, my neighborhood, etc.

June 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid

Right next to Retiro Park and the Prado Museum, is the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid. Once you pay the 3€ entrance fee, you can wander freely through the thousands … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Madrid Río

Today I rented a bike (5€ for an hour!) and rode along the Río Manzanares in Madrid with my friend Raquel. About 5 years ago they moved a freeway (autovía … Continue reading

May 19, 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

Simple Joys

Enjoying a day of perfect weather is one of the true simple joys in life. Today was one of those days in Madrid. The seasons change suddenly in Madrid. One … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Saturday afternoon

This has been a pretty good Saturday. We’ve had spring-like weather all week and I’m glad it’s continued into the weekend. First I went to the local market, it’s open … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Universidad de Alcalá de Heneres

Alcalá de Henares was the first city to be designed and built solely as the seat of a university, and was to serve as the model for other centres of … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Something amusing I saw today…

Here is a picture I took while I was out and about today. Dozens, maybe hundreds of wigs for sale at outdoor stalls. I think Spaniards love wigs! I’ve also … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Thanksgiving in Madrid!

This year was the first Thanksgiving I ever spent away from my family. I miss them, but being able to celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid with friends definitely helped. I made … Continue reading

November 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Why I prefer Madrid to Barcelona

An American who prefers Madrid to Barcelona? Blasphemy! When I told people I was moving to Spain, many people asked Barcelona? with a look of excitement in their eyes. When … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · 8 Comments

Cheap groceries, Round 2!

Spring Rolls 2.03€ Tomate Frito 1.14€ x2 Jamon Serrano 2.95€ Pizzas 1.93€ x2 Cherry Tomatoes 0.95€ Yogurt 0.85€ Potato Wedges 0.85€ Cookies 1.91€ Ground beef 2.00€ Alioli sauce 1.00€ Bread … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tapas at Lizarran!

At Lizarran for tapas. On the bar were a bunch of glass cases with tapas you could just grab. At the end they count the toothpicks to see how much … Continue reading

October 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

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