Ukulele in the classroom

Using Music to teach English Since day one at the elementary school in Malaga, Spain where I’m currently teaching english, my ukulele has been like my third arm. If I don’t have it, my students ask me where it is. In the hallways, I’m stopped by kids who ask to play it. I make them…

Traveling alone in Morocco

Last Christmas, I faced my fears and opted to solo-travel in Morocco for 15 days. So many people had advised me that I shouldn’t travel alone in Morocco as a woman. However, I felt I had to prove them wrong. I flew from Madrid to Marrakesh and took public transportation to Essouaira, Casablanca, Rabat, and…

Finding Malaga: Starting a new life in Southern Spain

Yesterday, I stood on my balcony, admiring the pink and yellow light dancing across the mountains.  I felt like an empty cup being filled with gratitude. I try to sink into it, asking myself, “How did I get to be so lucky?” I have to retrace my steps to remind myself how serendipity led me…

Walking 50 kilometers: from Almendralejo to Merida

Who in their right mind would spend their Saturday in the blazing hot sun walking 50 kilometers from one Spanish town to another? Me, apparently.  (I’ve also walked up and down the Grand Canyon in a day, which was equally epic.) I got my thirst for adventure from my father, who is currently trekking in…

Debates about bullfighting and singing the water cycle

It’s hard to believe I’ve been teaching English in Spain for 8 months! I live in a pueblo called Almendralejo, which is in the region of Extremadura next to Portugal. Lucky for me there are 11 other English teachers who live in or near Almendralejo, and I’ve made some really close friends with the other…