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Soiree Noir Lido Toulon

(French) Words with Friends

No, I’m not talking about the extremely popular app/game that so many people play. I’m talking about spending time speaking enormous amounts of a second language with new friends and how speaking foreign words with friends can be intimidating, but offer great experiences and cultural insight if you can get past the fear of sounding like a buffoon. I think …

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Nice Opera Beach

Reflections on Being in France (again)

I’m once again saying goodbye (for now I hope) to France. Each trip here is different and while walking around the old town of Nice in search of late night food I had a few thoughts on my upcoming departure and recent stint here. I Love Speaking French I do. It’s empowering to speak a different language, and getting to …

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Barcelona from Mont Juic

2 Days in Barcelona

What a whirlwind! I arrived in Toulon, France on Friday night after 2 days in Barcelona. Is 2 days enough to do that city justice? Absolutely not. Did I give it a good go? Hell yes. Would I ever want to go back to Barcelona? Are you crazy for asking such a silly question?? Ok, I guess I asked that …

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Joan Miro Park

How I Almost Got Scammed in Barcelona

Ok, I get it, it’s summer, the high of European holiday season and Barcelona is packed with tourists. But, I’ve been in the beautiful city of Barcelona for less than 24 hours and already had an attempted-rip-off scheme. After this little interaction I realized that in all my travels, in so many places, I have never once been the target …

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Villanueva del Rio Segura Spain

Our Month in Spain – A Recap

Well, our housesitting assignment and therefore our time in Spain has come to an end. So, time for a recap! It’s been an…interesting 4 weeks with great and not so great experiences. But overall we gained a love for Spain, and the feeling that we did a great job of seeing so much in the Region of Murcia. Due to …

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Baile at Cante de las Minas

Festival Cante de las Minas

Last Friday night Jon and I had a blast. Near dusk we drove about 45 minutes south towards Cartagena to a small inland mining town called La Union for the 53rd Annual Festival Cante de las Minas, or “Songs of the Mines.” The chance to go see an international flamenco festival was one not to pass up. Plus, the cheapy …

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