Friday, May 30, 2014

Life in Spain: Travel Done Right

This is so quick and easy. A short little post that gets straight to the point.
Let's be real honest, the appeal of working and living in a European country isn't just the different culture. 
It's all the different cultures that are now a short, cheap plan or train ride away. So here's three hard earned tips I giving you directly from someone who has traveled every which way and then some.
1.) Use all your free time to research, research and research!
No matter what type of traveler you are you need to at least know how you are getting to where you are headed, places to stay in your price range, and if the place your headed is having any political or social conflicts at the time of your travels.
Your head just did a three sixty on that last thing to know, but honestly it's the most important. I'm not jumping on a soap box or planning to list out all the horror stories, I'm just stating the truth: The World is in Constant Change! When I visited Italy almost ten years ago the people hadn't gone through a recession and all the woes it brings to a persons life, but by this year they had and their tired of depending on
tourist and scraping to get by.
The atmosphere and the people were different, struggles change the people of a country. It's good to know what the people you'll be interacting with have been through lately.  And on a lighter note, knowing your transportation and lodgings ahead of time can save you a large amount of cash because last minute booking is rarely cost efficient.

2.) What Attracts You to the Destination
Why are you heading to where you want to end up. For me the answer is always to eat good food. Honestly, if you ask me about my visit to Bayou, France I'm about to make your mouth water from all the good eats I inhaled not the Tapestry museum I visited.
Some people just want to say they've been to a place and walk the streets. Others have a list of attractions that they must see and take numerous photos of or it's not a good trip at all.
Knowing your travel goals helps everything run smoother even when hiccups occur and they will occur.

Travel ain'tt cheap. At one point , right before the 80s probably the cost of travel fit with the cost of living and earning that was the standard for most folks. That's not the case these days.
There are so many ways to travel and attractions to draw people in that not only can it be overwhelming, but also the fees can start adding up. If you plan to be a big traveler when living abroad then don't live like a king when not traveling- penny pinch and save.
 Also, a budget matters, so have one for food, shopping and emergency for certain.

Hope these travel tips help you, feel free to check out my travel guides over Madrid, Barcelona, and Holiday travel to get you started along with some research Helpers for the planning. Also here's the great I guide I used for Bayeux! Feel free to leave tips in the comments that you've learned from your own travel experiences.

Until Next time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be blessed . . .

Photo Thanks to  . . .,,, Pinterest

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Life in Spain: Living with the Locals

Number one hands down, only regret I have from my time abroad is not living with a local. Not because I ended up not caring for my living situation in the end, but because there are so many cultural experiences I missed out on during my stay.
I was hopping to live in a place like this with character, but I did not . . .

1.) Learning the Language
nor this . . .
There is no point in living in a different country with a different language and not learning how to speak that language. The best way to do this is immersion. Speaking your native tongue will become a comfort and if it's spoken in your living quarters all the time that's nice, but it's not helping you in the language growth department. Whether it's discussing your plans for the evening or trying to figure out your weekly chores it will all take place in the language you're trying to learn. And your roommates are going to support and help you learn because the sooner you learn the sooner they'll stop having to speak real slow when talking to you.

2.) How the Natives React
Did you know Spanish people don't sleep the entire siesta? I didn't until my routine of sleeping the entire siesta was set in stone. Had I lived with locals I would've known that while a little nap is acceptable siesta is actually the time to accomplish everything on your to do list that doesn't involve outside sources. Get your chores done, do your homework, prepare dinner, and call/write your loved ones. Being as I would love a set aside time for that here in America with my never ending schedule I wish I would have used my siesta more wisely back in Spain.
3.) The Going's On
definitely not this . . .
When I first arrived in Spain everything we did was heavily populated and tourist attraction labeled. Then as my friend group moved from expats to locals or at least expats who had lived in Jaen for years I started discovering other hangouts. I was attending music shows that were heavy in Spanish attendance and discovering happenings going on in my town that all the Spanish knew about, but very few outsiders. And just a heads up this is how you transition from an outsider to a person no longer on the fringes of your community, and what better way to do that than through the people you live with.

4.) Connections
If you fall in love with your city you are going to want to return and visit in the future, but traveling to Europe is not cheap- now you have people to stay with when you return. Not to mention you have people who probably have family and friends located in all those hot spots you want to visit before returning home- now you've got a couch.

Seriously though, immersion is what most people moving abroad are seeking and there is no better way to complete your immersion experience than by shacking up with a few locals. Yes it will be difficult, but few easy things are truly rewarding. No sense in just dipping a toe into the water of living abroad, might as well cannonball right on into the deep end.
and definitely not this cuteness!

Maybe it was obsessing over dreamy apartment photos like the above that caused my loveless relationship with my own place, hmmm. Hopefully you get such stylishness- it doesn't help when your verbs just aren't conjugating correctly and you keep getting stuck on kitchen duty!

Until Next time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be blessed . . .

Photo Thanks to,,, and apartmentsIlike.wordpress

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fort Worth: New Eats and Old Friends

Fort Worth= Steers!
A quick dash to Fort Worth last week was just the pick me up the doctor didn't order. Just a little update, I have still not been able to get in to see a neurologist for the champagne bottle issue.
I cannot figure out if there are just not enough neurologist or if there are just that many head injuries- let's hope for anything that falls on the side of a low amount of head injuries.

Anyways Fort Worth was great, and seeing old friends was even better. I stopped by my old school and saw all the folks that made me happy to come to work everyday.
Then hung out with friends around town and caught up on life. Fort Worth has grown since I first posted about it, so we did plenty of eating around town.
 Not going to lie I was disappointed in all places, but two! One burger place didn't even give you a side of fries without you paying extra- could have sworn fries and a burger equal America. Correct me if I'm wrong. One of the places was under construction when I was there and opened soon after I left sadly. However, here's a quick breakdown of places I will definitely be visiting again, as soon as possible.  
The Bearded Lady:
I've been seeing this place pop up all over my friends Instagrams and Facebook pages, which had me craving a place I'd never visited simply from photos.
After eating a burger with no fries we headed over to the Bearded Lady for drinks and I ate a whole round of fried tomatoes by myself. The sauce. So good. While the name and setting would make you think that it was "hipster hangout 101" there was a blend of cultures and backgrounds enjoying the food, atmosphere, jukebox and game on at the bar. I would suggest this place to all, and the outside patio will be calling my name come summertime.
Everyone's Local Hangout
When the sun rose I headed to Stir Crazy Baked Goods for some breakfast, not once, but twice. And this too was good. First I enjoyed a chia cupcake, it melted in my mouth.
Then I went all out and doubled up with a sweet roll and the daily quiche. All I can say is thank goodness for folks who appreciate buttercream icing and understand a flakey crust. I will definitely be visiting on my next trip.
 Should you be heading to Fort Worth anytime soon I'd suggest a pop into either place or both, I promise you will not regret the deliciousness!

Until next time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be blessed  . . .
Old Friends and Good Times
(Photo Thanks to StirCrazyBakedGoods, Fwweekly, and DMagazine)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Just Call it a Giveaway! Three Free Personalized Travel Postcards!

You guys, I know, I know! All of a sudden I get busy, start hustling towards a new job, maybe sneak a trip in to my old stomping grounds and forget about your loyalty. NOT TRUE!
You should know that I'm just a wee bit better than that by now.

While the cat was away she may have played, but I also worked out a sweet deal with the company The smart guys over at the Lettr company have developed a program that only requires a smart phone and Facebook account.
Access, take a picture where ever you are in the world of whatever you heart is moved by and pick a lucky person from your friends list. If you have the address great, if not that's okay Lettr will send them a message ( that you can tailor) explaining why their address is need. In a weeks time, guess what'll be sitting in their mailbox- YOUR POSTCARD.
A completely personalized post card! Your message! And your signature!
 If you are anything like me and always moving when traveling then always moving when not traveling this is the perfect solution to staying connected with those you love and providing them with a personalized postcard from side to side.
I was so happy for the opportunity to send a postcard back to my dad who couldn't visit with the rest of my family and he was just as happy to see his daughters having fun and not spending his money shopping. The postcard is actually thicker than most you buy on the street and the picture quality is great with rich colors. It was better than any print I've received from a cell phone picture- I can only imagine the sharpness with a camera or photography tool for your camera. 

Starting today, April 21, 2014, I'm giving away three free postcards to the first three lucky folks who answer the following question in the comments section:
Which providence did I call home in Spain while participating in the North American Language and Cultural Program?
I told you my absences was worth the wait, heck some of you might be hoping I disappear a little more often from here on out!

Until next time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be blessed . . .

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Life in Abroad: Programs to Get You There

First off, excuse the absences, I'm in the middle of a pretty intense job hunt process that I'm giving my all for; which means I've got very little left over after substitute teaching all day.
BUT, I didn't forget about you guys, how could I honestly.
Soooo, how in the world do you get from reading this post to sitting in a café abroad? There are more options out there than you'd believe AND definitely more than I'm going to give you in this post.
Just know, you can go whether you are a teacher or not, even when applying for teaching programs. If you are a teacher and TEFL certified or IB certified then you can actually search for schools who are looking for teachers from all backgrounds. Usually IB schools or private schools abroad. I've said it before and I'll say it again answering the call of education means you get to share in the growth of students anywhere in the world.
Now for the programs . . .

Options for Teaching Abroad

Teach school or professional
Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam
Must have taken Spanish Courses, Cost at least $1,000, Offers many aides once in country such as week logging while you search for a permanent location.
Madrid, Partners with Catholic Private Schools
Must interview in Spanish
Teaching more than the average Language Assistant at 18hrs a week ( still not to shabby)
In Country Ministries:
In every country ( if you are in Europe check out the American program)
Requires the highest level of language skills
Possibly longer contracts
World Teach ( The original program I applied for that I would suggest above all else)
17 Countries
Year, Semester, or Summer
Through ministries, programs, universities, or specialized education groups
Actual lead instructor, but no teaching experience required
Many fees returned at the end of your stay

Options to move forward long-term

Looking for a long-term, more than two years, contracted job abroad then check-out the following:
USA  Government Jobs that move you abroad, tech or teaching usually
Peace Corps
Au Pair
Attending University abroad, probably going to be cheaper if not free and their are so many programs available!
Guys I hope this helps you get started, remember it's going to cost money to get settled abroad, so it's probably helpful that while you're on the internet for hours searching away you'll also be saving plenty of money. Don't give up, had I given up when the first program I was accepted to (a wonderful one in America Samoa) said there just weren't enough positions open, so welcome to the waitlist I wouldn't have had my Spanish adventure.
Get to searching, don't be afraid to e-mail bloggers or ex-program participants- ask questions and make your goals happen!
Until next time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be blessed  . . .

Sunday, March 30, 2014

To Quote and To Know

I've always been a traveler. After high school graduation I spent about three weeks in Italy and Greece, then my first year after college I taught ESL in Latvia during the summer and this past year  I taught ESL abroad in Spain. I love spending time with others and developing a routine outside of my great state of Texas.
 In my group of friends so many people are constantly traveling in and outside the United States. We always share are adventures and push each other to explore a new place. This summer alone I have one friend headed to Spain, another to study in England and another headed to Germany. It's not the bases for our friendships, but it's definitely a common interest and talking point.

What's a point that keeps you and your friends happy and interested, in constant pursuit? I thought the quote below fit very well with how travel fits into the role of my friendships and the lives of my friends . . .

"The constant happiness is curiosity"

- Alice Munro

Until next time, Adios, Hasta Pronto and Be blessed . . .

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I Just Want Your . . . KISS.

Everyone couple has a first kiss. But then there's your first kiss and your last first kiss. While different equally electrifying.
 I actually witnessed one of my closest female friends partake in her first kiss ever as an adult in college and it was so interesting to see the tension and immediate relaxation of the moment. She walked right across the room, stood toe to toe with the guy, held his face and kissed him. 
 Nobody is a fool, we know when it's about to happen. It's such and intense occasion and state of mind that I'm pretty sure this commercial from Lacoste is the only visual equivalent I've ever witnessed outside of actually witnessing that moment . . .

I have no clue why, but I always bust out laughing when he looks around in panic and then she looks at him as if he's crazy then quickly understands where his crazy is about to lead him and just waits.
 If the over dramatic rush of the moment is not your thing. What about the melodramatic?
The following video is all about the moment leading up to the kiss, but without any special effects or decorations. Each couple is placed on a blank black and white set, the director never said action or cut because she just wanted to capture their moment. The video has received about 65 million views and you've probably seen it floating around your social media. When it was sent to me, I watched it the first time entranced with the build-up, conversation and then freedom.
The catch is that the couples are made up of twenty strangers pulled off the street, meeting for the first time- honestly, if it weren't for the introduction I would think these kisses were a long time coming . . .
So much giggling! I absolutely love the woman who admitted it was a good kiss afterwards, no shame in her game. And the guy whose first contact with his lady partner, little miss with the "Heidi braids", was to reach for her hands to caress and hold them, how intimate.
But that sweet gentleman who confessed he just wanted to hug his partner after their innocent kiss.
Although, I'm pretty sure one woman pulled away AND did you see that lip bite from homeboy in the sports coat, hey now bud!
The second time I watched this, cause of course I've watched it more than once, I watched without volume and without the handshakes you would think these were long-time couples being interviewed about how much they just can't get enough of their significant other.
Here's to kisses hello, goodbye, good morning, and goodnight. To kisses that make you smile and soothe your tears. May you kiss your love often and always, starting as soon as you can!
Until Next Time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be Blessed . . .

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Life in Spain: Should I Stay or Should Go?

Should I stay or Should I go? Why do I want to go? Where am I headed? Can I afford to do this? What will my family think? What burden will this place on my family? How will this effect my current relationships with friends and my significant other? How will this help my career? How long am I staying or am I moving permanently?
I cannot answer these questions for you, all I can do is explain my situation and my opinion on the matter. First you must know that each and every situation is different. That in my journey and life abroad I met people from all walks of life.
Yes some were wandering and lost, but some were not. Many were looking over their shoulder trying to figure out how this would effect their typical "life track" progression. Some people were right out of college and others were recently divorced or widowed. Each and every person has their own story, just as you will have yours . . .

The Life Track

What about the money, career, cars, family and babies where do they fit into this great adventure. First, please understand that I'm a firm believer you can travel at any age with your family or without. But I'm also well aware that its plenty easier to accomplish when you're young, wild and free. I'm sure it's stressful having to match the flight and train times to your two year olds sleep and feeding schedule. Not too mention even if you like the Hostel life in your thirties, I'm doubting it'll be the joys and whimsicalness you oh so love at 65.

So do this here travel thing, moving across the big pond adventure now because the phrase "it only gets harder from here" applies to so many things in life.
Honestly, I've always planned to travel and I've always planned to have a great big family. I believe that the travel and the years to age me into possessing a bit of wisdom will only help me when I'm older and teaching my own baby bears.

Think of the things that inspire and keep you in awe of your parents, for me it's seeing the risk they took and the moments when they just said, "I'm stepping out on faith". Yes, I recognize those moments as their adult child, but part me of knows that's because as their child they were quick to use themselves as life examples when the going got tough for me ( which was a lot easier than it ever got for the two of them by the way).

 I know that the lessons I've learned traveling and living abroad are lessons that I will use to guide and teach my children. Just as I didn't, I'm sure you don't want to be the "what if" parent. So make the decision- either it's for you now or it's for you down the road or it's for you never.

In the case of the job, I was lucky and Teaching English is my profession, but I realize not everyone is like me. However, learning a new language, especially one of the top languages in the world is a helpful step to anyone. My resume for Jo-Ann's craft store ask what other languages I know, because it's a use full skill any business can benefit from.

Finally, my wallet will always be the better for living abroad. I made $925.00 a month and balanced paying four bills, abroad and stateside, along with daily expenses and traveling. You learn how to make money work and that's a life skill you just cannot do without in this day and age of credit card and student loan debt.


First realize as much as it seems so, it’s not personal. Honestly, through their own confusion and struggle your family may say some pretty hurtful words and their actions may not resemble the love they have always shown you in the past. But know their love is still there, even stronger if that’s possible.

All the questions, fears and concerns that you have are equal to the questions your family is wondering or asking aloud AND the confusion is double for them because they are not privy to your most inner thoughts and desires.  Also, if they are about to help you out financially in anyway that’s a weight on their shoulders that they deserve to become aware of as soon as possible.

The fear, anxiety and questions that your family keep drilling you with cannot be the main factor in whether you stay or go. It can be a factor, especially if they will be forced to help you financially, but placing it at number one will certainly keep your feet firmly planted at home.

And know that if you go, sometimes you will have the greatest day only to have a skype call with a family member who will knock your joy away with woes of just how much they miss you. In those moments remember that in their mind they see one little red pin on a map showing your country surrounded by no other red pins. All by your lonesome self, walking down unsafe streets alone, drinking in shady establishments alone and having no one to hug you on tough days. Not a single other soul there for you because everyone who cares about you is back in the States.

Just remember their side when it becomes  maddening to keep explaining the same answers or hearing the same statements of resentment. Don’t hold it against, but do move forward with the decision that is best for you.

Money, Money, Money, Money, Mah-ney!

Honey, you betta save like it’s your only job. No shopping. No eating out. No movie theatre nights. No money spent. You must save every last penny. Dead serious I at the same sandwich for two months straight for dinner cause my bank account needed to be bursting.

If you go through a program, no matter which country you’re moving to, it’s gonna cost some money. The plan ticket will cost money. The idea to buy early is great unless you receive your placement a month before you must report like many now residing in Spain did this past year. Then you're buying last minute and all the good seats are gone.

But the heavy hitter comes during your travels once you’ve actually moved abroad. The point for moving to Europe for the majority of folks is to travel across the pond like you just can’t do in North America. And that cost money. Planes, Trains, Buses, and a place to sleep. Also, you must eat. All of that cost money and since I don’t do Hostels it cost just a little more for this girl. There are deals, coupons and the notion that Ryanair is actually becoming understanding towards their consumers, but that still cost money. Plus you’re probably traveling to some pretty touristy locations and with tourist locations come tourist prices.

Just take my trip to Ireland, I almost laid-out on the muddy streets crowded with all sorts crying when I realized that I had gone through 400 euoros in four days with two days left on that leg of the journey, two other destinations to go and an entire month before my next paycheck. Instead I just moved towards the nearest street corner and went to work- just kidding! But it was a serious thought considering my next destination was Paris and all it’s shopping.
Budgeting and having the funds are necessary. You will still have bills, here and there along with unexpected fees. The last thing you want to do is be caught in need of money that isn’t available to you.

The Verdict

Go or stay, take a look at all points of view. Understand that just because living abroad doesn't work out it doesn't mean you can't play abroad as often as possible. Know that change will always cause growth. Meditate, pray and ask questions. But ultimately make the decision for you, and your life progress- not a single other person.

Hope this helped, I know it's long, but there's so much information. Hopefully the future Life in Spain post don't scroll down as far. Feel free to e-mail me or ask in the comments if I didn't touch on something directly. But remember there's definitely more to come with the last Life in Spain post taking place the first week of June. Thanks for walking with me on my journey, hope it helped you on yours in some way.
Until Next Time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be Blessed . . .

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Blogging World has Officially Accepted Me! : The Liebster Award

First off thank you Georgia over at Oatmeal Smiles, a wonderful Mother-Wonders blog that I plan to re-read before having my own kids. Since meeting you back in 2010 you have constantly mentored me directly or indirectly and I will forever be grateful for the kindness.
 She nominated and welcomed me all in one swoop with the Liebster Award.

About the Award

A chain-award, that can only help new bloggers through the connection to more defined and established blogs. Pretty much a pay-it-forward or helping-hand to bloggers who are just starting and doing there best to produce something worth while.

Rules for the Award

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and link back to them.
  • Answer the questions the blogger gives you.
  • Nominate budding bloggers for the award.
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  • Give them questions to answer.

My Q&A

What do you blog about/ what is your niche?
I wish I knew! But seriously, I started out looking towards education or maybe a style blog and then have slowly learned how to focus and share my travels along with what interest me in life from all areas.

What type of blogs do you most enjoy reading?
Lifestyle definitely. I for some reason love reading about women who are just a phase or generation ahead of me in life. They've been through the twenty years growth period and are settling into the, "whew, got those years knocked out" part of life. I get to see there kids grow, read advice, peek into how married life works and just see a completely different view of life than my own.

What do you enjoy about blogging?
It's a public journal, I remember small details that are often forgotten years later during dinner table conversation. Plus, connecting to so many people who introduce me to new places and spaces right in my background or across the world.

What is your blogging goal?
To find a schedule, develop blogging series along with maintaining some routine and stay with the project for as long as possible.

What has been the most surprising thing to you about blogging?
Like anything, I did not realize the amount of time and effort that should go into a well thought out and developed post. I know many bloggers become frustrated with not seeing instant comments and fanfare, but that's just reality. It's the time that kills me- time is precious and balancing can be interesting.

If you could go back and take an alternate career path what would it be?
Honest to goodness, I wanted to be a sniper when I was young. Spy of sorts, but specialize in sniping. My mother nixed that real quick with the knowledge that my eyesight is horrible. Other than that I cannot imagine doing anything that was not education related. Even as a sniper I would probably be handling politicians who cared more about money than kids- there would sadly be few left alive.

How many hours do you spend on your blog a week?
I try to put in an hour a day, start a blog, find pictures or edit- whatever needs to be done. I've developed a bad habit of posting well into the night and I'm not sure if that's good for my readers or not, but no one has complained yet.
Do you read other blogs and if so what is a favorite and why?
Shame on me, but my conference period or break when I was working customer service were my "blog binging" times. Now that I don't have a set time I just seem to wander into a post. As I've taken time to groom my own blog I found some interesting ones that I'm starting to scour. But outside of Reed Up and Cup of Jo my loyalty has faltered. Right now, I'm devouring, a great Austin, TX based lifestyle blog.

What makes a blog enjoyable to you?
Pictures, food and honesty. I cannot do blogs that are wordy essays. I cannot do blogs were food is only talked about in the manner of loosing weight or not at all. I cannot do blogs were life is perfect and the kids are always smiling in the pictures. Reed Up ( Oatmeal Smiles) and Cup of Jo have no issues saying, "I'm struggling here" or " Hey, any advice". Real people and real blogs that reflect those folks honestly are what I truly enjoy.
If money weren’t a consideration, what would you do with your life?
I'd still be in education and I'd be working on my end goal, which means it may not be as good since the lessons I learn along the way will only help the foundation.

Do you have a life motto or a saying you come back to again and again?
I'm constantly telling myself there is a blessing or/and a lesson in this moment. Just take that notion into everything I do and the outcome wears a lot less on the spirit.

Next Step

Here's the list of questions I'm sending to the next bloggers and here's the list of bloggers I'm nominating. I hope they only receive goodness and great readers down the road. Each and every blogger puts, thought and time into their post- they deserve some recognition.
  1. What do you blog about/ what is your niche?
  2. What type of blogs do you most enjoy reading?
  3. What do you enjoy about blogging?
  4. What is your blogging goal?
  5. What books are sitting on your bedside table?
  6. If you could go back and take an alternate career path what would it be?
  7. Seven random facts about yourself?
  8. Do you read other blogs and if so what is a favorite and why?
  9. What makes a blog enjoyable to you?
  10. If money weren’t a consideration, what would you do with your life?
  11. Do you have a life motto or a saying you come back to again and again?

Bloggers Nominated:
The Lady Latina
The Accidental Adventurer

Whoosh, folks that's a long blog post! Hopefully you learned some things about me and maybe found a few new blogs to add to your blog roll- as if we need anymore. I hope your weekend went well and your week started out just right!

Until Next Time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be blessed . . .

Friday, March 21, 2014

Life in Spain: It Has Been Fun, Real Fun

Y'all, I cannot tell you the goodness of being home. To say having a Champagne bottle ring my bell was the worst thing to ever happen to me would be a complete lie. I was in a panic coming back for no reason, blessing are flowing and everything is coming up "D"!
But while I'm adjusting and sorting out home, I'm going to be publishing a few blogs looking back to Spain and my life there. I hope you'll take these, "Life in Spain" post as the perfect time to ask any questions or concerns if you're looking to head down the same path. Or if you're just curious, simple post in the comments or send an e-mail, we'll talk.
To start off the "Life in Spain" series, let's take a look at some photos you've never seen. From start to finish . . .
My First Day, Madrid Streets, August 2013
First Spanish Breakfast, Seville, September 2013

Rooftop Concert, Cathedral at Night, Sevilla, September 2013 
Home Sweet Jaen, Day 1, September 2013
Daily Walk to Work, Baeza 2013-2014
First After Lunch Shot, Baeza, October 2013
Cold Morning Walks to School, Baeza, January 2014

Friend Sunday Dinners, Learning to Make Sushi, Jaen, January 2014
The Sunset on a Weekend Trip to Cabera, Jaen, February 2014

Weekend of Friends, Jaen, February 2013

My Discovery of Gofres  Two Weeks Before Leaving, Jaen, February 2014

My Last Spanish Breakfast, Baeza, February 2014

A Goodbye Shot, Mines Grape Juice, Jaen, March 2014

Sister Selfi in Rome, My Goodbye Family Trip, March 2014

It's been fun, I mean a top time and I look forward to looking back with each and everyone of you sweet folks.
Until Next Time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, and Be Blessed  . . . 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dear Champagne, I'll Always Love You

Dear Champagne,
Hey Lady, I know many have tried to blame you during this whole trail, but count me out. Just as the sweet, elderly gentleman who pulled my writhing and bloody self out of the Paris gutter said after you fell a couple of stories and knocked some sense into me, " It's a good bottle, thank goodness they drank it all- those fools for setting such a bottle on the balcony rail". He was so sweet, kind of like you Champagne when mixed with grape fruit juice and sparkling soda. Should I ever see him again I'll buy him a case of the best of you, only the best.
As a matter of fact many folks have uttered the phrase, "thank goodness for that hair of yours", but really I've a few thank you's to throw your directions Champagne . . .

For the first time in my life I did not try to please others, I did what needed to be done to take care of this one body I have. This body that since you landed so gracefully on top of the head connected to the shoulders has witnessed many headaches, lost hearing, become quit dizzy often enough, occasionally experiences blurred vision and the list of troubles goes on. Which is why I said my goodbyes, packed my bags and hightailed it to the U.S. where I did have insurance.
Champagne I'd also like to thank you for all the time I was able to spend with some great souls. Souls who bandaged me up quickly after you did your damage. Who walked the streets with me from clinic to clinic and hospital to hospital. Who sat at the emergency room with me well over six hours into the night and never batted an eyelash. Who since my return to the United States have messaged me constantly with updates and concerns. An odd situation brought us closer together with hours to talk about anything and everything.
Champagne you've been with me through many moments, laughter filled nights, picnics in the park, friend filled brunches and after work turn-downs. If I was able to drink I would have toasted my doctor when he confirmed I have a prolonged concussion with slight nerve damage and promptly referred me to Neurologist. Solid answers deserve endless bubbles!
I'm a firm believer in your healing bubbles and ability to mix with drinks from a stout Guinness to dry Cranberry. When I can bask in your excellence again, I'll have those sweet souls over, invite the ones that greeted me with concern when I landed and thank my family for all their care with bottles and bottles of Lady Champagne toasted to possibly one of the most interesting time periods of my life. Thanks for the memories, sweet.

Until next time, Adios, Hasta Pronto, Be blessed  . . .