Erin Explores

by Erin Elaine

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

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

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

For the second half of my nine-day Semana Santa, I was on Gran Canaria with three friends. It was nice to have a mix of me-time and social-time on this … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tug-of-war

I’ve been feeling pulled in two opposite directions lately, though one direction is definitely winning out – and I’ve been trying to figure out why. On one hand, I absolutely … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Parque Quinta de los Molinos, Madrid

There’s a great park on Line 5 where you can see acres and acres of almond trees in bloom, if you go during 1 week at the beginning of spring. … Continue reading

March 23, 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

Contemplating My Future

I remember very clearly the exact moment I found out I had been hired to teach in Spain. I had been on the shortlist for a month, wondering what might … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 1 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

Ronda, Andalucía

At the beginning of December I went to Ronda for 3 days. Ronda is a beautiful clifftop town in the south of Spain. Unfortunately I was very very sick after … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

The jamón vending machine, and other adventures in Sevilla…

We had fun exploring the city. I wore a summer dress in mid November because I knew it would be my last chance. It was about 70 degrees F (21 … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Palace of Catalan Music, Barcelona

While my friend Joanne was exploring Spain, I traveled to Barcelona with her and we had lots of fun. I didn’t take many pictures since I had been there before, … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Santander, Spain

After flying back from Washington but before school started in Madrid, I spent almost 4 days in Santander, in the north of Spain. Each day I did practically nothing except … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · 1 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

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