A Day in the Life (Mariah)



So far in Spain, I am often asked, “So what do you do here while Brooks is at work?” Usually Brooks is translating that sentence for me, as almost everyone we’ve met speaks only Spanish. Of course, I would not expect anything different as I am the one living in a Spain, and should be able to communicate in their home language. However, this process of communicating in Spanish has been much more difficult than expected. Which leads to my first key event in my day.

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Our Journey to Spain  



Visa- An endorsement or stamp put into a passport that allows for entry, exit, and stay for a certain period of time in a specific country. 


Although we weren’t looking for it, our tale of securing our visas to Spain had all the trappings of a story.  Conflict, rising action, resolution, and of course, ruggedly handsome and daring protagonists.  Gather round and hear the account of the Swigarts and the Quest for the Visa.

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Not Your Average Horseshoe-Visiting Horseshoe Bend, AZ



Horseshoe Bend is the enormous horseshoe shaped canyon in Page, Arizona. Visitors travel the world to see this curve in the ground because of its sheer beauty and incredible geological structure, or at least, to take stunning photos. I had never seen in it person and it was a bucket list item to visit this highly photographed spot.

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15 Ways to Enjoy the Phoenix Mountain Preserve

Photo Credit: Brooks Swigart, Dreaming Draw Recreation Area, part of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves.

Phoenix is home to amazing weather, growing job opportunities, popular attractions, beautiful scenery, and a never-ending list of enjoyable activities. It is no surprise that Phoenix gained more than 76,000 new residents in 2016, according to AZCentral.com. As Phoenix continues to grow, escaping from the hustle and bustle can seem hard without leaving the city. Fortunately, there are some not-so-hidden gems in Phoenix, which offer
solitude and adventure for all.

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