June 29, 2010 , 6 Comments

Nearly six weeks after my initial trip into Extremadura, I was at it again. This time, the bus was replaced by a nice four-door sedan, and the 20 Anglos were […]

The upside of traveling solo is the same as the down

April 26, 2010 , 19 Comments

I stood, lost in thought at the taco counter in Pest. "Are you OK?" asked the young man at the counter, in English seeping with a beautiful Hungarian ...

Decompression numero dos

April 21, 2010 , 2 Comments

Man, leaving new friends is a bitch. The second time I had bid farewell ("see you soon") in three weeks to a group of amazing and beautiful people wh ...

A love affair with Madrid

April 14, 2010 , 19 Comments

I hadn't expected to fall in love with Madrid. Many travelers I talked to said Madrid was "just another city" and "not safe." Yes, Madrid is "just an ...

  • Back to Anglo “reality”
    April 12, 2010 , 2 Comments

    Decompressing is a tough activity following the six days I spent immersed in English ... in a way I never thought possible ... with people I never expected to fall so deeply in love with. I found myself craving Vadelavilla. The people. The ...

  • Opening my ears
    April 5, 2010 , 6 Comments

    "Hi," I began. "My name is D. I am originally from just outside of Washington, DC. In my former life, I was a publicist. Now, I am traveling and writing about it. If I could be any animal, I would be ... a bird." I sat down. After introduc ...

  • The only English-speaking town in Spain
    April 2, 2010 , 13 Comments

    Tucked into the Soria region of Spain is a little mountain village is Valdelavilla -- a place completely isolated from the rest of the world, where Spaniards trek to learn English through intensive language immersion programs. It's the onl ...

  • The first Valdelavilla friends
    March 31, 2010 , 12 Comments

    Anthony and I were sitting next to each other on the bus. I really wanted nothing more than to just turn on my music, watch the Spanish countryside pass by and eventually close my eyes and sleep. But, that wasn't going to happen. We neede ...

  • An introduction to Valdelavilla
    March 29, 2010 , 11 Comments

    By the time Marisa was done explaining our jobs for the six days, I began to question exactly what I had gotten myself into. When I had applied to the program, I thought it was a cool idea, but more than anything else, thought it was a grea ...

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