Category: Spain

estoy de vuelta en madrid

flying back to españa

Estoy de vuelta en Madrid = I’m back in Madrid!

After a long journey (over 20 hours, door-to-door from my house in California to my apartment in Madrid), I’m FINALLY back in Madrid. It’s strange, it feels surreal because everything feels so familiar, but still distant. My body feels out of whack from the jet lag, and I’ve been sleeping/feeling zombie-like.

I’ve noticed that my “neighbors” (the indignados) that were protesting in the center of Madrid in tents are now gone.

Now time to readjust back to Spanish-mode :).


Last year’s first school field trips: Museo Reina Sofía and IMAX

excited to go on a field trip! they're so little you can barely see their heads lol

Last November 2010, I went on a field trip with my 2nd graders to the Museo Reina Sofía, and that same week, I went with my 4th graders to IMAX. At first, I was worried about how we would be able to control and discipline 20 six-year-olds roaming around a museum…

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Segovia: Charming Roman medieval city near Madrid

The famous Roman aqueduct of Segovia

Last November 2010, two of my old roommates and I went on a day trip to Segovia, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Segovia is a charming old Roman medieval city about 90km northwest of Madrid. I loved it!

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Torrejón de Ardoz: My school and Parque Europa

Nike of Samothrace in Parque Europa, Torrejón de Ardoz

with my cute 2nd graders

So the school I work at is in Torrejón de Ardoz (or just “Torrejón” for short), which is a city about 18km east of Madrid. I am a very lucky girl because I absolutely love the school I work at. From the beginning, my colleagues made me feel like part of a family. Everybody is very friendly, and the students are generally well-behaved, very loving and appreciative :). I am always showered with hugs, kisses, and random drawings and paintings.

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Mallorca, Spain: Oktoberfest island getaway



Last October 2010
, just a few weeks after I moved to Madrid and only one week after work started, there was a long weekend and my (old) roommates and I jetted off to the lovely island of Mallorca.

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New beginnings: Looking back at my first days in Madrid

puerta del sol

Almost a full year ago, in September 2010, I made the big move to Madrid Spain. Many friends thought I was crazy for moving to a place that I had never been to before, and where I didn’t really know anybody!

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