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Meeting the Locals

Nicaragua Here We Come

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Traveling to Nicaragua this week to explore and practice our Spanish at La Mariposa Spanish School and Ecohotel.

Family Cultural Exchange

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The travel itch is upon me. Time to explore again. I’m most interested in a family cultural exchange to a Spanish speaking country. Any recommendations? Here are my considerations: Anyone have experience volunteering with these organizations in Central America? Where would you volunteer in the world?

Experience Moroccan Culture

Experience Moroccan Culture

From Marrakesh Morocco, our family traveled about Morocco, over the Atlas Mountains and in the Sahara Desert. Eating Moroccan couscous in Zagora was the highlight of our Morocco adventure.

Great Places to Stay

Great Places to Stay

Where to stay when traveling is as important to me as the destination itself. I want family friendly lodging, something unique, affordable and fun. I put a lot of research and consideration into finding great places to stay… read all about my favorites.

Paella

Best Paella Ever

This was the best paella ever in a year of sampling many in Spain. It was made from scratch by a local fisherman for a long Spanish lunch with new friends.

Spain’s El Gordo Lottery

Ticket for El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery

The man at the folding table was there each morning in front of the bar as I walked past on my way to Spanish class. At first I paid him little attention, but as he was faithfully there each day, I eventually noticed that he was selling lottery tickets. The window advertised, “Jugamos con el numero 34802.”

Las Fallas Festival

Fallas Sculpture Burning in Valencia

One of our most memorable Spanish experiences was the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain. I had heard about this city-wide street festival with its towering sculptures that were burned on the last night, but I was in no way prepared for the pageantry and processions, the afternoon mascleta and brilliant La Nit del Foc fireworks at 2:00am.

Mamma Mia

Mamma, Federico and the Tiramirsu at his Italian Restaurant

My Mom and I were standing at a bus stop in Rome. It was our last afternoon in the eternal city, and we were hoping to squeeze in one final amazing Italian lunch before leaving for the airport. Read on for our pleasantly unexpected experience at Federico’s Italian restaurant in Rome. Traveling tip, never refuse an invitation from an Italian man!

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