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Ellen Grinnell
Madrid, Spain
Interests: traveling, learning languages, everything Disney-related, writing, reading, chocolate
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In the several months leading up to my parents’ visit to Madrid, all my chocolate-crazed mom could talk about was how excited she was to try churros and chocolate for the first time. On their first day here, she passed a churrería-chocolatería that had creme-filled and chocolate dipped churros in... Continue reading
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If you’re looking for something fun and outdoorsy to do now that the weather is finally starting to warm up in Madrid, then a day trip to the Sierra de Madrid is for you! The trail starts at a little outpost called Puerto de los Cotos and is relatively easy... Continue reading
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“Ellen, guapa! Qué tal? Cómo fue tu viaje?” Walking through the front door to CEIP San Fernando the first day back from Semana Santa, I was instantly greeted by these welcoming words and kisses on both cheeks from Rosa, the physical education teacher. A spirited woman and just about the... Continue reading
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When I made the decision to move across the Atlantic ocean to Spain, there were some things I knew I would miss, like large breakfasts, bagels, and Target. But there were also a lot of things I was looking forward to leaving behind, such as rain, snow and freezing temperatures.... Continue reading
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Uno, dos, tres; cinco, seis, siete…. They say that it’s good to try new things, but that’s just not something I’ve ever been good at. I am a creature of habit who loves routine and hates change. So when I think about it, it’s actually very strange that I have... Continue reading
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One of my personal goals for my Teach Abroad in Spain year was to solidify my conversational Spanish. What better way to immerse myself in Spanish than by living among the Spanish and doing as the Spanish do? It seemed like the perfect plan in theory, but after a month... Continue reading
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The day in Málaga began beautifully - warm and sunny. The night before my friend and I had made a list of sights we wanted to see and now we were headed off in the direction of the first one - la Alcazaba de Málaga. We arrived at the fortress... Continue reading
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Christmas time in Spain is just as magical and wonderful as it is in the United States. Every city puts up a tree, festive lights are hung from the buildings, and children look forward to playing with toys on Christmas morning… Oh wait, that last one doesn’t apply to Spain.... Continue reading
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The first time I heard that teaching English abroad was a real thing, I thought, “Wow, what a cool thing to do with your life!” Yet, despite my intrigue, I never considered it to be a serious option for myself. It was something other people did, not me. I don’t... Continue reading
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Last weekend was a weekend of firsts. Not only did I visit the gorgeous country of Portugal for the first time, but it was also my first time being in a country where I didn’t speak the local language. Until then, I’d only ever been to English-speaking countries (USA, Canada,... Continue reading
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Ever since I visited Spain two years ago, I've been raving about how Toledo is my absolute favorite city in the entire world. But now, I think I’m going to have to say I have a two-way tie, because I just visited Segovia for the first time and am already... Continue reading
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Today, I did battle with a can opener. Here’s how it happened: Fall has descended upon Madrid, and with the arrival of cooler temperatures and browning leaves has also come nostalgic memories of growing up in New England during autumn-time. Colorful leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin- and apple-everything: bread, pie,... Continue reading
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My stomach was rumbling, my legs were cramped, and I felt sore from sitting in one position on the bus for the four hours it took to drive from Madrid to Zaragoza. But all that discomfort instantly dissolved as we turned the corner and I caught my first glimpse of... Continue reading
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Hypothetical question: what would you do if someone were to tell you that you’re about to have a five day weekend? That was a question I got to ask myself in reality when the bilingual coordinator at my school handed me my class schedule and holiday calendar and I realized... Continue reading
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In the United States, there exists a wondrous delicacy - A mouthwateringly tasty one, crafted with expertise - That is known by all and enjoyed universally, Called the Plain Bagel with Cream Cheese. It features a donut-shaped roll of fluffy dough Packed tightly, with crisped edges toasted golden, And a... Continue reading
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The other day I went to visit Aranjuez (the town I'll be teaching in) to have a look around and become familiar with the area. After just ten minutes of exploring, I stumbled across this gorgeous view of the Palacio Real de Aranjuez and was rendered speechless...needless to say, I... Continue reading
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I am a planner. I go all out - checklists, detailed calendars, etc. So when it came time to prepare for something as big as moving to a foreign country, you better believe I planned like CRAZY. I had read every single Facebook and blog post that existed about how... Continue reading
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