The Kind of Parent I Want To Be

Today I lost my iPhone. Today I also babysat not only Sara and Sergio, but also Javier’s parents, geriatrics who have both kind hearts and good intentions, yet require just as much attention as the children. Javier’s father is filled with as much curiosity as Sergio, which is beautiful to see, but another thing to…

Love Lessons from a 90-Year-Old Abuela

La vida, she shrugged and sighed. Life. She said it in response to her two grandchildren (the same ones I’m looking after and living with) squealing and testing the boundaries. But, she could’ve been saying it in general after our previous conversation about that very topic, la vida. Now when I say conversation, I mean…

Express Explorer: Segovia

It was the National Day of Spain on Wednesday. A day to commemorate when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas back in 1492. Or, as my Spanish family said – I don’t know what it’s for but the kids don’t have school, we don’t have work, and we can do whatever the muchacho…

Should I Have Taken That Photo?

Travel really could also be called ‘expansion of personal photography collection’, or ‘renovating the physical memories of oneself’. The point I’m trying to make is when you travel you are bound to take a lot of photos. We know this. Scroll through Facebook, or click on any of my other blog posts and you will…

I Watched Lord Of The Rings For the First Time & This Is What I Thought

I have never seen Lord of the Rings. That was a true statement until last night when I finished off the trilogy. My mission (and watching LOTR is a mission, lasting nine hours) was given to me during Canadian Thanksgiving, when Celia and Ben heard me utter those eight words: I have never seen LOTR.…

Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving

An Aussie celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving in Spain. It’s not exactly up there on the “Top Things to Do in Spain” list and you probably won’t find a TripAdvisor forum about it. But, it should be and I can’t believe it hasn’t been written about yet. Alas, I guess I’ll have to be the pioneering writer…