Meddeas Official Blogger

I was chosen as an official blogger for my company in Spain, Meddeas. They place native English speakers in Spanish schools as English language assistants (what I did this past school year). If you look closely on their website, you might see someone you recognize 😉

Check out one of my featured blog posts here. You can also read about the rest of my time in Spain by clicking on the travel tab above.

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New Home: Washington, DC

I’ve been here less than 24 hours and I am already charmed by this city. I’m immeasurably excited for my year with Studio Theatre!

The Four Keys

No matter how accustomed I grow to a life of travel, there will always be moments when I yearn for an old routine (especially my yoga studio back home), although the idea of “home” is a problematic one for me–is it a tiny studio in Paris, is it a cozy dorm room in Boston, is it my family’s beach apartment in Miami? The other night, I was feeling particularly uneasy before bed, so I picked up my copy of the Yoga Sutras that lives on my nightstand and flipped to one of the entries filed under “peace of mind.” I was so moved by what I read that I feel it necessary to inscribe it here:

“Whether you are interested in reaching samadhi or plan to ignore Yoga entirely, I would advise you to remember at least this one sutra. It will be very helpful to you in keeping a peaceful mind in your daily life…Patanjali gives four keys: friendliness, compassion, delight and disregard. There are only four kinds of locks in the world. Keep these four keys always with you, and when you come across any one of these four locks, you will have the proper key to open it.

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On Your Face

Spain is great. Most things, like fruit from the market or my rent or beers at a bar, are very cheap. Some things are the same as back home–mainly, popcorn at the movies. But other things don’t exist, or at least are not easily accessible, like the kind of products you would find at CVS. Man, I miss CVS.

Among these is facial exfoliant. Here in the city center, there are a few grocery stores less than three minutes from my apartment, but none of them have face scrub (or if they do, I haven’t seen it). I took this as an opportunity to make my own, which is better for your face anyway. Bye, parabens!

I’ve posted the recipe below. I have combination skin (on the dry side with oily spots, mainly in the T-Zone), and this mask both hydrates and gently exfoliates without throwing off oil balance.

Face Mask From Your Fridge

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Two weeks in town

Today marks my second week in Jerez. So far, it’s been a process of adjustment and an adventure (but what adjustment, Thais? Don’t you speak Spanish fluently)?

Dinner at midnight, even on weekdays, daily naps, drinking with your colleagues, random holidays, little to no vegetables, and incessant colds given to you by your students.

See what else I’m up to here.