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


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

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

Warm November

I bet you’re all curious how I’ve been doing, right? So far, it’s been a pretty warm autumn in Madrid. Hardly any rain at all, and relatively warm temperatures. Aside … Continue reading

November 13, 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

The First Week

It’s been about a week since I began my second year teaching in Spain. Some things are different than last year, and some things are similar. First, I’ll explain what … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · Leave a 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

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

What path to choose

I recently had a bit of a revelation about how out of the ordinary my life is right now. I’ve been living in Spain for 4 months now, and it … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Goodbye 2012! Welcome, 2013!

2012 was a very good year for me. I experienced a lot of firsts: First time living abroad First salaried job in my chosen field First time going to Spain, … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some experiences in Madrid

I’ve been told by the locals here that fall and spring are very short in Madrid, and it usually goes very quickly from summer to winter, and from winter to … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

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