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Sarah "Profe" Thompson
Barcelona, Cataluña, España (currently)
A Texas girl, no matter where I am!
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...more than two years pass. Recent events and decisions inspire (require?) a retrospective. That last cover photo of the Nile River houseboat seems as other-worldly now as it did the day we first saw it, but the context is all different. Who could know how much nostalgia would surround a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Profe on the Run
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Recently, my Spanish students created a project based on their typical daily routine (or an ideal, imaginary one), so I thought I should do the same. We basically have two routines here, school days and weekends. It's not that different from life in Richardson, actually, except that we have none... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Profe on the Run
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At Abu Simbel, one of our most favorite stops. Read more here: Abu Simbel - Ancient History As I've said, the best Christmas is one filled with unexpected surprises to share with loved ones, so 2016 will definitely win a spot on the top five in my life! With the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Profe on the Run
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It's the people who make places unforgettable! Everyone knows the joy and satisfaction of opening one's home to friends and family. Bruce and I anticipated our daughter, Olivia's visit, together with boyfriend, Sai, for weeks. The immensely gratifying knowledge that 'company' chooses to visit YOU during a holiday, instead of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Profe on the Run
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From the immensely interesting gallery/shop called "The Loft" http://www.loftegypt.com/home.html, mentioned in the article here: https://theculturetrip.com/africa/egypt/articles/10-amazing-things-to-see-do-in-zamalek-cairo/, on my previous post. The amazing house where the Loft was created is well worth a visit, nevermind the hours you could spend admiring the carved crocodile and other treasures! On this post, I just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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As you know, Cairo is an ENORMOUS place, with somewhere around 26 million people very densely populating the greater metropolitan area. When my cohort of new teachers arrived here in August, we were strongly encouraged to look for housing within a few minutes of the school, which is located west... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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A couple of week ago, Bruce and I were treated to an unforgettable excursion to the southeast of Cairo, a UNESCO world heritage site called "Valley of the Whales." Really, the pictures say everything, but this website fills in some interesting gaps: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1186, if you'd like to read more. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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This is the unforgettable beach at Dahab (pronounced DAH-hahb), Egypt, where Bruce and I enjoyed our first adventure into the "real" Egypt! Lonely Planet describes it perfectly: "...This is the one town in South Sinai where independent travelers are the rule rather than the exception and Dahab’s growth has not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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It won't surprise you, but I've had a couple of Lucy moments since beginning our adventure here! On our first foray at the grocery store, feeling hungry and daring, I purchased this innocuous package from the produce department: I was thinking, "My, what big green beans they have here!" while... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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This is the Nile River, in downtown Cairo, and we are still pinching ourselves, one month later, each time we realize we are here. While we hadn't thought of Egypt at first, we are grateful she chose us! The most beautiful thing here is the people, without a doubt--such a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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There is so much more that I wanted to say about this amazing place, but I will limit myself to one more post about our last day so that I can move on to our adventure in Cairo! While walking down Carrer Gracia, we spotted a place publicizing their brunch.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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Though it's been two full weeks since our fabulous bike excursions in Barcelona, and although I am positively BURSTING with news from Cairo, I can't move on until I show you this fun side of our visit to Cataluña! We so enjoyed strolling through the streets of the city, peeking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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...(pronounced "guh-well, in one syllable"), looking southeast toward the Mediterranean Sea and Port Vell. From here, you can appreciate the size of the hill the park is situated on, the distance from Barcelona's city center, and the developer's reason for building on this site! After being very disappointed not to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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After our terribly frustrating afternoon of waiting for 4+ hours on the park bench for the ever-elusive FedEx delivery guy, we were very thankful to have our evening at the Flamenco show to look forward to. Being located near the city center / port area on the famous La Rambla... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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I guess if you have to sit outside somewhere for four hours, waiting on something that may never come, you might as well be on a bench in a plaza in Barcelona, Spain, with the love of your life! It was brutal, though, I'm not gonna lie, from 4:20 until... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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More beautiful buildings...I just can't get enough! We have moved to our second hotel, due to the scarcity of rooms. We were obviously disappointed in our Airbnb experience, but the small hotel where we ended up first has been lovely: Hotel Augusta, on the street of the same name. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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Hello from Barcelona! We have enjoyed our first, very full day in the beautiful Catalán capital. The architecture, the exotic language, the friendly people are all ingredients for an unforgettable experience. When we were here on our honeymoon in July, 2000, we got rained out, so we are thrilled to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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We were sad to leave Almuñécar yesterday (especially since our a.c. was running perfectly!), but eager to continue our journey. All in all, we think it is a lovely place to visit, but maybe not in July! If the heat doesn't bother you, it is certainly a beach town with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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Hola! This is our last full day in Almuñécar, so I thought I'd show you some pics of the lovely house we have called home. As I mentioned in my first post, I found Laly's place at a website called "airbnb", having been referred by my friend, Marla (she's also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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And we laughed at ourselves for coming all the way to Spain to eat a pizza, but loved every crunchy bite! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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On our first night here, I had a shrimp and avocado salad! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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Bruce had an "ensalada tropical"! Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Profe on the Run
August 1, 2016 Thanks for your encouragement, everyone! :) We LOVE reading your comments! Bruce thought it would be fun to include a little about the food we're eating, since it's one of our favorite topics! For budgetary reasons, we are limiting ourselves to café con leche here at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Profe on the Run
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What does a person say on her first blog post? --Thank you for searching out my new blog?! --I miss you so much!!? --Please forgive any typos or accidental grammatical mistakes!!? --I hope you will post a reply!? --Don't judge me if you think it's boring!!? ...All of the above!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Profe on the Run