Greece: Athens + Islands

I just returned home to Murcia (Spain) after an amazing trip to Greece with two fantastic women: Amy and Lucia. We were also joined by Annie. Coming off of time with ladies who support one another and enjoy each day fiercely, I’m feeling quite lucky. I’ve made a new commitment to center future travel more around who I’m with than where I’m going. I believe … Continue reading Greece: Athens + Islands

A (new) local’s guide to Murcia, Spain

  FOOD The photo on the left is my first meal in Murcia! El Rincon de Las Anas is still one of my very favorite places to eat. This is a prawn surrounding a scallop on a bed of lettuce with sprouts and salsa and chili pepper on top. Four euros and phenomenal. Paired with a local white wine from Jumilla. La Tapa in Plaza Flores: … Continue reading A (new) local’s guide to Murcia, Spain

How I moved to Spain | Spanish Language Assistant Program

I’ve lived in Murcia, Zaragoza and now Alicante Spain and work as an English teaching assistant at public primary/secondary schools. I don’t have any teacher training but I’m learning every day as I teach English, Art and Natural Science in years 1-12. I am an employee of the Ministry of Education (the Spanish Government). I am on a student visa which allows me to work … Continue reading How I moved to Spain | Spanish Language Assistant Program

Portugal: Porto and Lisbon (+Sintra)

Oporto is an old beauty. She’s a cozy and colorful refuge from the gray skies above. Her river has helped bless the world with sweet Douro valley wines for centuries. Sure, she’s a little rough around the edges but that gives her character! I fell fast. My father and I traveled to Porto just after Christmas and stayed in Vila Nova de Gaia near Praia da Sereia and … Continue reading Portugal: Porto and Lisbon (+Sintra)

Eating + Traveling

This information is based on my personal experience and is not for everyone. I intend to give broad guidelines which can be personalized by individuals based on their unique compositions and situations. The key to success in eating well while traveling the globe: moderation. A few top tricks: –HOT vegetables (sorry, not salad) I eat 1-2 salads per day at home so this is hard. … Continue reading Eating + Traveling

Scotland Road Trip

My roommates and I came across a 5-day weekend and decided to head to Scotland off-season for a winter road trip around the country. In Scotland I saw contrast: dark, strong, jagged structures in a land of seemingly endless rolling hills and winding roads. The winter weather was harsh and unforgiving but strangers were warm and inviting. In between its extremes sits a stark beauty. … Continue reading Scotland Road Trip

Barcelona (a weekend update)

New favorite neighborhood: Gracia. The Born and Gotic/Gothic are cool to visit but I prefer the hipster/local vibes in Gracia. I may also enjoy the name 😉 I had great food at Nabucco Tiramisu and Veg world India and bought handmade shoes and clothing from Les Chausseurs. I stayed at Sant Jordi Hostel – Gracia. Highly recommended. Other highlights included Parc Guell (always) and seeing the … Continue reading Barcelona (a weekend update)

SF/Bay Area Late Summer/Early Fall

The best time to visit San Francisco is: the fall. Re: it is sunniest this time of year! Healthy eating Sweetgreen – grab a salad/healthy bowl made to order. They provide seasonal options, build your own options.. with bright, yummy ingredients you can’t go wrong for lunch under $15 here! Golden Era this is vegan “asian fusion” – love the spring rolls app and lemongrass main … Continue reading SF/Bay Area Late Summer/Early Fall

New York, NY

On a long weekend in NYC… In Brooklyn: We stayed at the beautiful (and very hip) Box House Hotel in Brooklyn (Greenpoint). Near there, favorites included: Jungle Cafe (vegan, beet burger & hibiscus iced tea was wonderful), Sweetleaf coffee shop (try the ‘rocketfuel’ cold brew w chicory and maple and all of the baked goods get five stars) and Modern Love (vegan dinner- try the roasted … Continue reading New York, NY

London

London  The Queen’s Arms in Kensington– pub: lunch + beer (I got the London Pale Ale w a Caesar salad 👍🏻for 10£/$15)  Natural History Museum (ok) & Victoria and Albert museum (better) – both free  Tombo Cafe – Japanese (salmon bowl, matcha dessert) cheap, fast, yummy, healthy.. Mostly  Museums: The British Museum + Tate Modern A perfect Friday: breakfast, British museum (cafeteria lunch), Tate modern, dinner at Gunpowder– … Continue reading London

Berlin, Germany

Berlin– Friedrichshain neighborhood  Veganz grocery store (+ smoothies/coffees & vegan bowls) East Side Gallery walk then other direction – quiet walk to see Molecule Man sculpture  Boxhagener Park Saturday (food) & Sunday (flee) markets  Picnic in the park  Grab a bottle of beer & drink it on a boulevard bench (people watch) Babel falafel w extra mango sauce Rembrandt Burger– veggie (tofu) burger topped w lettuce, tomatoes, … Continue reading Berlin, Germany