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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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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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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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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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