The Six Stages of Being Lost in a Foreign City

Today, I went out to run a quick errand. I spent the next two-and-a-half hours being lost. First, I was joyfully lost. Then I was hopelessly lost. I think I experienced at least a dozen human emotions today before 2pm. The arc pretty much followed this, the Six Stages of Being Lost in a Foreign […]

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Overnight Trip to Toledo

I’ve done quick trips to Toledo before. But that was Toledo, Ohio. And let me tell you, the Toledo Zoo didn’t prepare me for the stunning architecture, winding cobblestone streets, and lively feel of Toledo, Spain. A day after trekking through Segovia, Mr.Dame in Spain and I took the high-speed train from Madrid to Toledo. […]

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The Diplocats’ First Overseas Adventure

I had no idea that traveling overseas with two cats would be so difficult. Mr. Dame in Spain and I thought we were checking all the boxes to prepare for a smooth travel to Madrid with our two cats, Gus and Boj, whom together make up the fat and feisty duo known as The Diplocats. […]

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Day Trip to Segovia

I must be in an exploration-type mood this weekend. On Saturday, I went on a day trip to Segovia, and today, we’re going to check out another nearby, ancient town: Toledo. On Saturday, I got myself to Segovia early, at least, Spanish early, which means I arrived by 11am. This involved taking the subway, an […]

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Everything You’ve Heard About Madrid is True

Hola from Madrid! We’ve been here just over one week and we’ve settled into our spacious, wonderful apartment. Our “HHE” – government-speak for all of our stuff – probably won’t arrive until sometime in February. Until then, I spend about 50% of my brain power thinking about how I want to decorate the apartment.  In […]

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Best of 2013

I stared writing this post on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve from our apartment in New York City. The walls were white and bare, mildly pockmarked from the few posters we had hung for our three-month stay. You could tell we had lived here for a short time by the gray and orange cat […]

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