Liebster Award 2017: Getting Personal with La Mariposa Vagabunda

A few months ago, successful blogger, rockstar entrepreneur and favorite travel companion, Chelsea Glass from The Heart of Travel nominated me for the Liebster Award. My first thought was, “oh crap, I am going to have to accept this recognition and give a speech for an award I’ve never heard of!” I quickly did a little research and much to my relief, I discovered that … Continue reading Liebster Award 2017: Getting Personal with La Mariposa Vagabunda

Panoramic of sky-blue lake with mountains on the far end

Present Travel: Connecting to Your Experience

The slow food movement, born out of Italy, centers itself around the idea of fulfillment and enjoyment through eating. The movement encourages family dinners and home cooked meals – to converse, to interact, to connect with people through food. This intimate, cultural tradition that brings people together is an art that is slowly dying. Similarly, the practice of yoga urges us to be present during … Continue reading Present Travel: Connecting to Your Experience

Open passport with stamps

El Camino de Santiago: La Peregrina

Religiously speaking El Camino de Santiago, in English “The Way of Saint James,” is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder lie. The Camino has existed as a Christian pilgrimage for well over 1,000 years, and there is evidence of a pre-Christian route as well. Throughout … Continue reading El Camino de Santiago: La Peregrina

Cadiz and Jerez: Flamenco Hunting

Cadiz – view from above After weekend after weekend of studying Spanish and seeing the sights in Madrid, I decided it was time for a little bit of adventure. So, I walked down to the train station and bought a ticket to Cadiz, Andalusia, booked a hostel and waited for the weekend to arrive. Friday I had my backpack strapped on and I arrived 15 minutes … Continue reading Cadiz and Jerez: Flamenco Hunting

Toledo: El Alma de España

The past weekend my American friend Cynthia and I took a short day trip to Toledo, about a 30 minute train ride outside of Madrid. Now, we all know that Spain is home to some beautiful cities with incredible remains of old civilizations, cultures and architecture. And yet Toledo, this teeny tiny medieval fortress city, has been named the “El Alma de España” (or “the soul of Spain”). Toledo is … Continue reading Toledo: El Alma de España