I have a recurring New Years Resolution to see 2 new countries a year. Sure I want to see my host country, explore old favorites in detail, and take more day trips around my city. But I also want to remember why I love traveling and to challenge myself to start seeing new things rather … More 2019 In Review
In our post about the government we mentioned that it was our last time ever applying for a visa in Spain. This comes after a very long summer of discussion, research and tough decisions. Part of the reason we were so quiet over the summer was because we spent probably 500+ hours researching graduate degrees, … More What’s next?
Buckle up for the pinnacle of Immigration Office Stories. First there was TIE Card Hell where we couldn’t get started because there weren’t enough employees; couldn’t collect the card because the bus was on strike; and one of the cards wasn’t filled out correctly so we had to fight for a new one. Then there … More True and Actual TIE Card Renewal Hell
Before coming to Toledo we spent two nights in a place called Cercedilla, and three more in Madrid. And then after Toledo we went to a little place called Alcala de Henares to finish up our trip. Cercedilla, Madrid and Alcala de Henares were all interesting in their own ways, but none of them really … More Toledo (and some other places)
If we had had a car, it would have taken just about 50 minutes to get to Segovia from Avila. But we didn’t have a car, so we had to rely on the train network. In some ways, it was nice to be on trains again. It felt kind of like the first time we … More Segovia
Back in July I started planning a secret trip for Chris. Well, actually, I had tried to plan the entire Bilbao/Northern Trip as a surprise for Chris. I ended up chickening out and thinking “I’m not sure on a couple things, I’d better get some help.” So I spoiled all of my surprises just to … More Ávila
I’m not even sure what we did this summer. The time blurs together and we were mostly just two sticky, hot lounge lizards trying to avoid the heat. Massive heat waves washed over Europe killing 1,400, although the island was mostly spared from the truly intense heat. However this year’s apartment doesn’t have air conditioning. … More Summer Short Stories (2019)
San Sebastian’s last gift to us was food poisoning. But only for Chris. He woke up and suffered the all the symptoms associated with food poisoning, but since we had a schedule to keep (checking out, and getting a bus to our next destination) he decided to push through. While Kaeti went out and got … More Let’s go to France!
It’s actually just called ‘The Basque Coast”, but I like my name for it better. Our hike in Durango hadn’t been super long, just super vertical. When we woke up we felt fine, but later we discovered that our leg muscles were trashed. And of course we had planned a coastal hike right after we … More The Coast of Misery
Whoops. This post was supposed to come out BEFORE Durango, but oh well! We arrived in Bermeo after our hike, showered, got a pizza and then watched TV until past midnight. We were tired but not too tired to watch a portly man argue and fight with every school cafeteria across Spain demanding more fresh … More Bermeo and Bilbao