Life Recap: August 2018

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: August 2018

When Domestic Terrorism Feels Too Real

It was after midnight. We were finishing (a semi-late) dinner at an outside tapas restaurant in San Antonio, Ibiza. It was mid-August– high tourist season, although our neighborhood was still quiet. There were a few people around us, enjoying similar meals at surrounding tables. We were sitting there, sipping our sangria, trying to convince each other that we both wanted to go to the night … Continue reading When Domestic Terrorism Feels Too Real

Zaragoza, Spain

I hadn’t even heard of Zaragoza before my friend Megan moved there, but it is actually Spain’s fifth largest city, the capital of Spain’s Aragon region, and conveniently place between Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid. Although my days were mostly leisurely, I did enjoy going out to enjoy the city’s highlights. Basilica of Our Lady the Pillar Zaragoza’s most iconic monument is definitely the Basilica of … Continue reading Zaragoza, Spain

A Weekend Jaunt to Barcelona, Spain

My friend Megan (with whom I ran the Paris half marathon) finished her lectrice position in Lille last June and jetted south to sunny Spain, where she landed a great job at a French international school. Luckily for me, the Toussaint holidays were the perfect time for me to drop down for a visit. Megan and I met on Friday in Barcelona (coincidentally, where I spent my first Toussaint … Continue reading A Weekend Jaunt to Barcelona, Spain

Spain: The Best of the Basque Country

The very same day I finished teaching my last class at the university, I jetted off to the airport to spend five glorious days in sunny Spain. My friend Itsaso and I were assistants together in Toulon, so I was very excited to see her again in Bilbao and experience the best of the Basque Country! Bilbao: Bilbao is a thriving, industrial city in the Basque Country. … Continue reading Spain: The Best of the Basque Country

Barcelona, Spain

With two weeks of vacation, I decided to spend my first week in Barcelona! I knew virtually nothing about Spain, and speak very little absolutely no Spanish, but everyone raves about Barcelona, so I arrived with a lot of anticipation. For the record, I absolutely LOVED Barcelona, and it is now one of my favorite cities in Europe. The city is lively, clean, and beautiful. … Continue reading Barcelona, Spain

Euro Is Beautiful!

Voilà European currency, aka the Euro, aka EUR, aka €. Isn’t it beautiful!? I exchanged a bit of currency in downtown Milwaukee before I left, and I was lucky to get some of every bill! (My amazing grandmother also gave me some of her extra change!) A bit about the Euro: they are different sizes depending on the bills in order to cater to the … Continue reading Euro Is Beautiful!