Feeling the season change

We are feeling the seasons begin to really change here. I know that in Portland it has gotten cold and not as rainy but definitely darker and colder. In Berlin we hear about really really cold temps and gray dark days and earlier and earlier nights.  Ana and I get sent pictures from Serbia showing…

Oh and about Sevilla!

Last weekend we traveled to Sevilla for the weekend.  We left on a bus to Malaga on Friday afternoon and then caught a train to Sevilla.  The last time I was in Sevilla I was 16 years old on a whirlwind trip with my parents and seven other teenage girls.  The things I remember about…

Levels of homesick during a holiday week

This week I am acutely aware that Thanksgiving is in two days…in the United States. This is the first time that I have been out of the United States on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Sure, it is packed full of colonialism and racism on some level but what it has become…

Yes, yes I am American

On Saturday, Ana and I took our rented car west.  We mapped out three different towns that we had read about and wanted to see for different reasons.  The first little town we wanted to see because it is a beautiful and known Pueblo Blanco named Frigiliana.  It is full of crafts and lovely streets. …

Dancing at the door

I got up this morning determined to write about something totally different, which I still might but this thing happens every weekday that I just MUST tell you about because it delights me so. On one side of our flat, we face the sea and we open up all the windows to hear and see…

A different kind of Sunday

I am an early riser by nature. I always have been.  I was usually one of the first ones up in my home growing up and my Dad called me perky in the morning.  When I wake up, I am up and ready to go.  I am with someone who is not an early riser,…

Returning to Spain

In May of 2017, I waded into the Atlantic Ocean after walking across the Northern Spain for 36 days with 2 days of rest and after 800ish km or 500 miles.  To be walking and discerning and in Spain for that long was a dream. It cultivated who I am today, reminded me of who…

In anticipation from far far away…

On Thursday, Nov. 6th, early in the morning, Ana and I boarded a plane to Malaga. We both have just packed backpacks and sublet our apartment for the entire month of November. We booked another flat in La Herradura in the Andalucia region of Spain on the Southern Coast. We flew for three hours and…

The Expat search for newness

“I think I came to Berlin to just try to find a better me.  For new life,” she said. This is something I have been hearing a lot of lately and variations on it. “I left Italy to come to Berlin to search for something new.” “I came because I needed something different in my…

This is my zoo

We were sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops just around the corner from my place. My new friend E and I had decided to hang out for the second time to just process and catch up.  This means, the realm of making new friends, this is about the time you talk about where…