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BODY BEFORE BABY

by Carmel December 17, 2014

There are a million articles about body after baby. How to get back to your old size. You can’t avoid the many (many) articles and pictures of celebrities who are getting rid of their unwanted baby weight mere weeks after giving birth. What about before? I read an article about how important health, weight and […]

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EVERY DAY IS A JOURNEY

by Carmel December 11, 2014

It took 295 days to get here. The last day. The day we flew back to the United States. It wasn’t our final destination on our round-the-world travels, but there was some finality to it being our last international stop. From that day forward, we’d be staying with friends and family – no more booking […]

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THERE’S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

by Carmel December 9, 2014

It took until our final stop on our world travels to finally try couchsurfing. And it really wasn’t even couchsurfing – we were paying Gustavo. We found his room for rent on Airbnb. Perusing hotels and rentals online, we kept feeling overwhelmed with the prices we were seeing in Lisbon and the less-than-stellar reviews they […]

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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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