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personal: when i lived in spain

España, Spain, Cádiz

With Spain currently deep in crisis mode & elections for President/Prime Minister coming up tomorrow, I sat back last night & thought about how things were so different when I lived in Cádiz in 1998-99. On a personal level, it was an emotional rollercoaster. I naively thought that my partner & I could salvage our relationship with a change of scenery. Silly me. My Spanish experience came to an end when we broke up, & I had to move back to Seattle. But what an amazing ten months.

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year in review: 2010

2010, travel, year in review
● Where was I? Argentina, USA, Colombia, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France & UK.

Better late than never, right? Regular readers know that I’m big on resolutions for the new year, making lists, and love ticking off completed items. While I definitely have goals to accomplish in 2011, I’ve decided to stop being so rigid about it. I’m taking the pressure off by not publishing them here. Instead, I’d like to go over 2010… it was a whirlwind year, & I apologize for not blogging more regularly. As my schedule demonstrates, it was physically impossible. 2010 was probably the year I’ve most traveled in my life… & that’s saying something:

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personal: unemployment benefits

Pullmantur sticker

Resigning from a company you’ve spent the past 11 years with can be unsettling… even if the time is right. After a long run with Rick Steves —first as a tour guide, then as a guidebook researcher & writer, & later a return to guiding tours— I recently said goodbye. It was a great company to work for & I’ll miss several people, but I can’t be sad for very long. There are just so many benefits to being unemployed.

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