Snapshot of Madrid: San Jerónimo el Real Church

May 22, 2012
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One of the places most guidebooks will tell you to visit when you’re in Madrid is Museo Nacional del Prado (the Prado Museum). As you may recall, I wasn’t all that wowed by the Prado. I guess I’m more of an architecture lover than an art lover, because what did capture my attention on that […]

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My Solo Travels of 2011: The Word is “Relax”

December 30, 2011

The trouble with setting travel goals at the beginning of the year is that you have to then review your progress at the end of the year to see how you did. Thankfully, I didn’t do so bad this year. Of the six destination goals I set for myself in 2011, I achieved five of […]

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Palacio Real de Madrid

September 15, 2011

Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace of Madrid) is a popular sightseeing stop in the city of Madrid, Spain. Technically, it’s the royal residence, but it’s really only used for official ceremonies. The palace was built in the 18th Century by King Philip V of Spain (who was actually French) on the site of […]

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A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To The Crystal Palace….

August 9, 2011

I was lost in Retiro Park in Madrid. Not lost as in “call the search and rescue teams, break out the Saint Bernards,” but I was struggling to find the path I needed to take to get to the Crystal Palace. It was the end of the day, and the sun was starting to go […]

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Taking the AVE Train in Spain

June 22, 2011

One of the quickest and most convenient ways of getting between cities in Spain is by high-speed train, known as “AVE” (“Alta Velocidad Espanola”). While it may be less expensive to take a regular train, a bus, or a cheap regional flight, if you have limited time on your trip–as I did–it’s a huge time-saver […]

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The Spanish Protests

June 7, 2011

Before I left for Spain, I had a romanticized vision of the protests. After all, who wouldn’t approve of people standing up for their rights against corruption? Who can’t sympathize with people who are facing anywhere from 20-45% unemployment and it seems their government doesn’t give a damn?

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Hola, España!

May 24, 2011

I almost titled this post “Cantankerous Spanish Train Websites, Political Protests, and Volcanic Ashclouds, Oh My!” But I knew if anyone reads my blog posts aloud, they’d suffocate from lack of oxygen over that one. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for that. This week, my spring vacation kicks off as I jet off from […]

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