Sun-Self Meditation

During my university years I became drawn to learning more about visual meditation. Rather than sitting in complete silence I found it more helpful to imagine symbols or images while sitting with my eyes closed. This kept my mind engaged and prevented it from running off. Over the years, I combined some of my favorite…

7 Things To Learn in Sevilla

Balcony of Balloons. This photo was taken today during  my walk to Alameda De Hercules. Today is January 5th which marks “Dia de Los Reyes Magos” or “The Day of The Three Kings”. I have been living in Sevilla, Spain for the last two years. Anyone who has spent time in this city will tell…

Traveler’s Book Club: Language Resources 

After teaching (and studying ) second languages, I started to view language as part of a bigger picture: linguistics. Linguistics breaks language down into structure and grammar so it is easier to be taught and learned. And what are the benefits of our brains evolving and mastering linguistics? Mankind can communicate. Every language has their…

Road Trip | Portugal.

This last June, I had the pleasure of taking a road trip with some special ladies I met while teaching in Sevilla, Spain. Today I am gathering our top photos and recommendations so you too can grab some friends and hit the road. This past year I met Shea and Emily at our weekly writing…

“Travel More & Buy Less” | TedTalk Portland.

“Travel More & Buy Less” | Luis Vargas, TEDxPortland. Worth viewing: 16:37mins Topic: Travel and Lifestyle. Luis Vargas gives a TedTalk on travel and trends amongst modern day Americans. Vargas analyzes what it means to create a “life worth living” while discussing travel and the incomparable experiences it brings.

Apartment Hunting in Europe (Spain)

Today’s post is for other Auxiliaries teaching in Sevilla this upcoming school year. Finding the dream Piso. For those of you who don’t know, this will be my third year living and teaching in Spain with the Auxiliaries of Conversation program. After two years of living abroad, I feel like I have finally got the piso hunt…

Feria de Abril 2017

It’s the Sunday morning after Feria and all of Sevilla is sleeping in. After a week full of sevillana dancing and rebujito drinking, today is the day of rest. Feria is a week-long celebration following Semana Santa. It begins about two weeks after the Easter holiday and lasts until the following Sunday. Throughout the week…

Shakshuka 

Many have been asking for the recipe and here it is! IG: @amandajbustamante The other day Jon told me that he was going to surprise me with a new dish for breakfast. Jon is always outdoing himself in the kitchen (the night before he made GF chicken and dumplings) so I knew I was in…

Impromptu-rooftop-photoshoot. 

These past two years I have been learning about photography while creating my own personal style. I would say my work is a blend of nature scenery and urban city life. I really do love it all. However there was one subject I was forgetting to focuse my art on, THE PEOPLE! I am just…

 Ronda, Spain.

Ahh the smell of Spring and Semana Santa is in the air. Sevilla gets pretty crowded around this time so Jon and I decided to take a little holiday. We went on a  two-day trip to Ronda and here are some of the highlights. We took a bus which departed from Prado de San Sebastián…