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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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IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT PAELLA

by Carmel September 19, 2014

I was in search of the perfect paella. Valencia is often touted as the best rice in Spain, so it only seemed natural that during our 4-night stay there, we should find the best paella in the city. As was the case with our hunt for the best chilli crab in Singapore, it proved to […]

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THE SWEET, SIMPLE THINGS

by Carmel September 12, 2014

Thankfully not everything about Barcelona was writing, midlife crises, and grieving. We had a great time when I wasn’t working on myself and my writing. Besides the much-needed bonus of having a kitchen and cooking our own meals, we also got out a lot to walk around, do sightseeing, and take in the rich Catalonian […]

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I WENT TO BARCELONA AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS MIDLIFE CRISIS

by Carmel September 10, 2014

When I told some of my blogging friends I was going to a blogging workshop in Barcelona I was often met with the question – why? I have been blogging on my food blog for around 5 years and doing this blog for over a year. When I signed up for it, I wasn’t exactly […]

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CREATION OUT OF CHAOS

by Shawn September 2, 2014

A little over a year ago, I reflected on the challenges of writing on the road, despite the inevitable disrupted routines. The weeks leading up to our departure were frenetic, but I found pockets of time and solitude to work. I discovered those weeks were indicators to the greater challenges that were ahead. I knew […]

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