Posted in February 2012

Life with a carnival mask…

Life with a carnival mask…

When I think of carnival, I immediately think of Rio.  I think of dancing the sultry night away to samba while wearing an elaborate, glitzy, mid drift bearing costume complete with matching headdress.  While Brazil is host to the largest carnival celebration on the planet, the days leading up to lent are also celebrated in countries … Continue reading

Attempting to snowboard in Andorra…

Attempting to snowboard in Andorra…

Andorra.  To me it sounds like the name of a fairy tale kingdom – far, far, away.  In reality it is a country (yes a country – this was news to me too my fellow geographically challenged friends)  in the Pyrenees Mountains, nestled between Spain and France.  From Barcelona, this is not far, far, away, … Continue reading

Besos y abrazos…

Besos y abrazos…

One day during lunch, my coworkers and I were discussing religion.   Yes, a taboo topic amongst co-workers in America, but this is Spain – with the exception of perhaps Franco – nothing is really off limits.  Specifically, we were talking about the conservative nature of the Muslim religion.  My co-worker (of the XY variety) then … Continue reading

When tío doesn’t mean uncle…

When tío doesn’t mean uncle…

While my Spanish has improved a thousand fold since my arrival, this past weekend I had a brief encounter which reminded me that every day is still a school day. My friend and I were about to leave the club when this guy asked me to dance.  It was 5am, my feet hurt, and I … Continue reading