Life Lessons Spanish

My Fluency Level After 2 Months of Spanish Immersion

Countless times in my life people have spoken to me in Spanish without hesitation, assuming I speak their language. I find it to be the greatest compliment that anyone would assume I speak anything other than English. This assumption has always flattered me so much that I never stop them – for those brief moments I get to pretend that my dream has come true and I’m a fluent Spanish speaker.

My goal this year is to make that dream a reality and so on January 1st I flew to Mexico for two months of intensive Spanish school in San Miguel de Allende. While checking in at the airport, the airline attendant began speaking to me in Spanish very rapidly. I had no idea what she was saying. It had been too long since I’d heard so much and so fast, especially for the early morning of New Years Day, but she was delivering it with such confidence that I didn’t want to kill the illusion for either of us. I simply nodded and after her little speech when a question came up that I understood, I responded, unintentionally making it appear that I understood it all. That was ten weeks ago.

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Life Lessons

Love Your Body Before Anybody

Have you ever said to yourself “I love my body”? Until last year, I never had. I didn’t know it was something I should say. It’s a phrase I thought was reserved for vanity and ego. When I was younger, I thought that in the future I would love my body, at a later time whenever I overcame its imperfections. But now that it’s later and I’m in my 30s, I know what it means to overcome the flaws. It isn’t a matter of finding physical perfection, it’s really a matter of letting go of a false perception of your outer-self and valuing the profoundness of your inner-self.

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Mexico Travel Guides

10 Things To Do in Guanajuato

Just an hour away from San Miguel de Allende is Guanajuato City, the capital of Guanajuato state and another vibrant place to explore. Like San Miguel, it’s a colorful mountain town with narrow stone streets and views of the surrounding hills. Guanajuato is slightly larger, has a large university and overall feels less touristy. It’s known for its maze of one-way streets and underground tunnels.

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Recipe

Recipe: How to Make Agua de Sabor

After one month living in a Mexican home, I finally learned how to make one of my favorite drinks – Agua de Sabor, more commonly known in the US as Agua Fresca. Agua de Sabor makes a lot more sense in translation as it translates to “flavored water” and the name adopts whatever fruit is used. For example, using pineapple would make it an Agua de Piña, or sometimes, like in my house, it’s just called Agua.

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Mexico Travel Guides

First Impressions of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I would come to San Miguel. Even though I’d only heard wonderful things about the town, I wasn’t confident in arriving alone. I’ve flown to Mexico by myself before, but that was for a yoga retreat in a touristic beach town where all was arranged for me from the airport. This time, I’d arrive in Mexico City, exit the airport alone, find the local bus service and ride solo with all of my possessions for 4 hours to a distant destination in the mountains, all while attempting to blend in despite using very rusty Spanish.

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Nomadic Living

One Month into Nomad Life with GlobeKick

Stepping right into a curated community with an experience that flows in a well orchestrated way has made living abroad feel easy – a feeling I don’t know that many expats would describe in their first months abroad. I’m one month into life as a nomad and while I left San Francisco alone, I have been anything but alone this first month in Europe. I’ve been participating in a remote working program called GlobeKick. Twenty of us met in Lisbon to live, work and travel together for 3 months, Portugal being the first home base, then Spain and Morocco will follow. GlobeKick sets us up with accommodation, coworking space and many more resources along the way, while we provide our own jobs.

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Life Lessons

Travel Doesn’t Require Bravery

Many people have complimented my bravery to venture out into the world, away from everything I know, into the unknown, with no set plan ahead. The first time someone described me as brave, I was shocked to hear it. And then I kept hearing it – I heard it from strangers and friends and even family. I expected to hear it from the people who didn’t know me at all, who led different lives, who didn’t travel much or understand the draw. But to hear it from the people who know me best, who are like-minded, who also have the occasional travel bug, was something I didn’t expect.

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