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REVISITING AN OLD PREJUDICE

by Carmel November 25, 2014

I’ve never liked Madrid very much. As much as I love big cities and art museums, Madrid has just never done it for me. It felt like fake Spain. There are nods to Spanish life and culture, but overall, it seemed like the closest thing to an American city Spain has to offer and I […]

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THREE WEEKS LATER, WE FINALLY SEE THE CITY

by Carmel November 19, 2014

Up until the Féria of Corpus Christi, we had a pretty steady routine of coffee, groceries, writing, exercise (me), lunch, reading (me), nap (Shawn), and merienda while watching Veronica Mars. It wasn’t a glamorous life, but it was a good one. It finally took this festival and a visit from my aunt and cousin to […]

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AMERICA – YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

by Carmel November 6, 2014

My cousin’s friend Aida, a Spanish friend of hers we met in Australia, messaged me her phone number to meet up once she got settled in Granada. She had just moved back from Australia and we jumped at the opportunity to hang out again with this amazingly spirited and interesting gal again. She called me […]

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THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR

by Carmel October 30, 2014

I know Christmas gets all the attention and hype. It’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” according to some, but for the Montgomery family, we’re all about autumn. We were engaged in autumn, we were married in autumn, we had our first kiss in autumn. It’s just the best. Changing colors, leaves on the […]

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HOW TO MAKE A GREAT MEAL (IN A NOT-SO-GREAT KITCHEN)

by Carmel October 28, 2014

When we were in Asia, we rarely rented apartments. The few times we did, we chose to eat out a lot – for the most part, it was way easier, cheaper, and tastier. But once we hit Europe, having a kitchen was one of the easiest ways we found to save money. Besides that, we […]

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APARTMENT LIVING WOES

by Carmel October 22, 2014

Or, how Shawn tried to steal an old lady’s shopping cart When we rented our apartment in Granada for the month of June, I was so struck by the view of the Alhambra it advertised and the abundance of good tapas bars nearby that I failed to consider a couple of key things when renting […]

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A LETTER TO MY HUSBAND ON OUR FOURTH ANNIVERSARY

by Carmel October 16, 2014

Dear Shawn, Four years ago the adventure began. We said our “I do’s” on a perfect autumn day and began our lives as husband and wife. But that wasn’t the only adventure starting that day. It was really on October 16, 2010, that our dreams started to take shape. We finally made our promise to […]

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END

by Carmel October 14, 2014

The sky opened up as we made our way into Granada. On our bus ride from Elche – a 5 1/2 hour trip down the coast and through about a million small towns – the drizzling rain got progressively worse. My mind was far away as I watched the drops sliding down my window, pondering […]

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MY MEDITERRANEAN OASIS

by Carmel October 8, 2014

You know when you’re a kid playing Hide and Seek with your friends? And you finally get a chance to sneak out to home base after running and hiding for so long? That’s a bit what it felt like to hit Elche after our seemingly manic pace through Europe. Part of me wanted to yell, […]

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YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE

by Carmel October 3, 2014

I was doing yoga this morning and suddenly, in the middle of pigeon pose (aka, torture for those of us with tight hips), the video stopped. This has happened many times before thanks to an internet router that sits far from the living room where I practice. I got out of the pose, patiently put […]

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