The Little Fox House

She is an old stone house, set in a small town in green Galicia, Spain. Far from any large, glamorous cities, bustling streets and excitement, the unassuming little house has stood quietly for hundreds of years, across from a tiny whitewashed church, surrounded by cornfields. An old wooden table out stands front, bleached and weathered…

Street Photography in İstanbul

14.1 million people. 14.1 million stories being made every second.  That’s İstanbul,  the fifth biggest city in the world by density with the richest history I’ve encountered yet in a city. Everywhere traces of its history as capital of four empires (Roman, Byzantine, Latin, Ottoman) can be seen. Between the chaotic history and streets that ignite all…

Train to Nowhere

It was the middle of the night and we were standing on a platform in Middle-of-Nowhere, England, being drenched by cold rain instead of snuggling cozily into our beds in London.  We wondered how we got here, and how we were going to get home. We had had no food or water for hours, and…

The ABCs of the Camino

I could sit here for hours trying to write something that would capture the essence and rhythm of the Camino, the duality found everyday: the mixture of routine with adventure, conversations on the road both philosophical and nonsensical, equal elation at stunning views and a simple centrifuge, the adrenaline and the exhaustion; even the days…

A City Called Bilbo

Yes, fellow Tolkienites, you read right. There exists a city in this world called Bilbo, and it’s as awesome as the name. Located in the north of Spain in El pais vasco (Basque Country), it’s known more widely as Bilbao, but Bilbo is the name in Basque, the local language. I don’t even know where to…

A Pilgrimage to London

Full disclaimer: I’m a huge Anglophile. I watch mainly British television (sometimes so much that I accidentally say some words with a British accent – I’ve been called out on it before by English friends, I’m not lying), listen to a shit ton of British music (just saw the Arctic Monkeys for the first time…

Madrid Mondays: Relaxing in Retiro

So I posted a little while back about wanting to write more about Madrid. I had in my mind ‘Madrid Mondays’ to write about Madrid every week! Although I have a decent amount of free time, last month I was writing every day for National Novel Writing Month, and although I managed to complete the…

Getting to Know You: Madrid

Getting to know youuuuu, getting to know all about youuuu – I feel like Julie Andrews in the King and I, except I’m talking about a city, not the King of Siam. When I first got to Spain nearly two months (!!!!) ago, I was so excited to be in Spain that every weekend I…