Road Signs in Spain


The car rental alone was a lesson as well as a slightly stressful situation, but it was nothing compared to actually driving. We were on our 4-hour road trip with no prior experience driving in Spain. One of the first “road bumps” we came across was the traffic signs. The road signs in Spain are not the same as we are accustomed to. Though we researched the meanings of must road sign as we went, it was comical to brainstorm what we thought these signs were stating. Here are some examples. See if you can guess them correctly. Continue reading “Road Signs in Spain”

Valencia Road Trip

The Lessons, the Laughs, and the Landscapes


Hit the Ground Running

The planning for this trip started even before I (Mariah) arrived in Spain. It was necessary to plan that far in advance because it was to happen on my first weekend in Spain. Talk about hitting the ground running! This first trip was a mixture of lessons learned and stress, all mixed up with a great time with friends.  Actually, that sounds a lot like life in general. Ultimately the trip was a wonderful experience!

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Day of the Dead, Madrid

day of the dead bunting photo

Day of the Dead is a holiday that originated in Mexico which occurs from October 31-November 2 (or so).  During this holiday friends and family members are remembered and honored. While I am no expert, and I have not celebrated the holiday myself, I looked forward to partaking in the Day of the Dead festivities while in Spain. Little did I know that Spanish culture actually celebrates a different fall holiday. Continue reading “Day of the Dead, Madrid”

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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