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“The open road”: On Traveling Alone

“The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.” –William Least Heat Moon Before I came to Scotland, I was chatting with a coworker who spent the previous year in Northern Ireland about her extracurricular travels, to Nice, to Bath, to London, to Glasgow, to other places I … Continue reading

Mi último pensamiento: Wrapping up my Spanish adventure

This final (probably) post about España is possibly the toughest one to write because my month there, short as it was, was probably one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever had. And, it’s difficult to write about experiences like that without relying on a host of cliches. How can I talk about what I had … Continue reading

Ser una turista: Parte dos

Of course, I had a million stories as una turista en España. More in Oviedo, where I lived for a month, and more in Asturga, in León, in the Picos de Europa, in Cangas de Onís, in Covadonga. . .

Ser una turista: Parte uno

I like touring what are called “sites of interest.” That’s just what I am. Give me a bus, some good walking shoes, a camera, a waterbottle, and a tour guide with a corny sense of humor. And isn’t Madrid a fantastic place to wander around and bitch and moan about how much your feet hurt … Continue reading

Protected: I am not self-actualized enough to take my top off: En Gijón

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Una ciudad de cielo: Once More in Toledo

I didn’t have to die before I went to heaven. — Ashley Lawrie June 3 If Oviedo is una ciudad de hadas, then Toledo is una ciudad de cielo. I wasn’t the one to coin that all-too apt description of Toledo — the lovely Ashley Lawrie, one of the Scotties in my group,  was. What … Continue reading

Protected: ¡La Espicha!: What do you mean I can drink (legally) in Spain?

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Las cosas que encontré en España y/o Asturias: A Continuing Series

¡Hola, chicos! Time is just flying by. In only two weeks, I’ll be volando home. I didn’t think that a month would feel so short, but it does. Still, I’ve been trying my best to absorb the culture as much as I can. Here are the little things I’ve become to pick up on. I … Continue reading

Encontrando El Cristo

June 8 Last Wednesday, I found Jesus! On Monte Naranco, anyway. Known as “El Cristo,” the giant statue of Jesus Christ watches over the city from the summit. I will be the first to admit that I am not at all atlética. My idea of exercise in the great outdoors is pasear por el parque … Continue reading

En Madrid: Parte Tres

Flamenco June 2, 2011 On my Thursday night in Madrid, we went to see the flamenco. There, we met some expatriate alums, including a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship recipient, Charleen, who offered some very useful information about her experiences with the educational system in Spain (apparently, compared to other European countries, not as many people … Continue reading

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July 2021