Pike Place Market at Night
Apr23

Pike Place Market at Night

While I was home last, I made a stop at my beloved Pike Place Market–one of those famous sights that’s really worth the hype and not just for tourists. After being in Spain this long, I now look at the market with new eyes, chuckling at the peeled and deveined shrimp; which in Spain is basically sacrilegious. But mostly I just daydream about living in the area, and doing the majority of my shopping there:...

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Things I Wish the U.S.A. Would Learn From Spain
Mar15

Things I Wish the U.S.A. Would Learn From Spain

There’s no such thing as a perfect country. And even though Spain has incredible food, beaches, nightlife and culture, it also has corruption, a crisis, low wages and more. However, there are some things that my country should learn from my adopted country (and vice-versa!) that if combined, would make the end result pretty close to a perfect place. Since I’ve already complained about the things I wish Spain had, back when...

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2012: My Year in Travel
Dec14

2012: My Year in Travel

This year was all about staying local. I ventured out of Spain a few times; once to make my yearly trans-atlantic trip home, and once to explore Lisbon, Portugal. In between those trips, I explored more of my adopted country, and consequently fell more in love with it. Though I have a long way to go before seeing the whole world, it’s hard to imagine many countries with the same diversity as Spain. I’m always impressed by...

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Visiting Mount Rainier National Park
Nov08

Visiting Mount Rainier National Park

  Sometimes we romanticize places we’ve never been to without appreciating what our own backyard offers. So, while planning my visit back home from Spain, I decided I wanted to go back to Mt. Rainier. I’d visited as a child, but hadn’t been back in years. It was time to see something I had grown up seeing every day with new eyes. The mountain—that on a clear day and the right angle—looms behind the Seattle skyline, is majestic,...

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Autumnal Paradise in Leavenworth
Nov05

Autumnal Paradise in Leavenworth

  In southern Spain, you knew it was autumn when the trees were full of green leaves one day, and none the next. The sun would slowly transition from its unbearable summer state, and suddenly you could begin sleeping under the blankets again. Autumn in Andalucía wasn’t celebrated with the onslaught of pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and the ever-coveted pumpkin spice lattes. Instead it was just those few cooler months before...

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Leavenworth, Washington: A German Village in the USA
Oct31

Leavenworth, Washington: A German Village in the USA

  Nestled in the Cascade mountains of Washington State is a bit of Bavaria called Leavenworth. The land is about as idyllic as it gets: a vibrant autumn palette spilling out onto the leaves and bushes, babbling creeks and thick forests all surrounded by jagged peaks waiting to be dusted with snow. The present-day town is small, but inviting—main street makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a German town in the Alps...

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