NEWS!!! New Blog: Buddhing Traveler!

Dear Lovely Followers!!!!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my new blog. After shaking off the remnants of a very difficult and trying winter, it’s the time for spring and new beginnings. I’ve decided to take all of the negative energy I seemed to be accumulating during these cold and rainy days and change it into positive energy to invest into my writing and blogging.

That being said, head on over to World into Words for exciting travel stories!

I will of course be leaving LotusBlossomTravels because these tales have been so great as well. But from now on you’ll reach me over at World into Words.

Thank you all for you amazing comments and support! It’s been so great to be a part of this blogging community and I can’t wait to continue on this blogging journey with you all!

Medina Azahara Brought to Life

Medina Azahara. It’s such a beautiful name. Legend goes that Abderraman III who ordered the construction of this town named it after his favorite concubine, to whom his heart truly belonged. After being proclaimed Caliph, he decided to build a separate city from the ground up to demonstrate his power and glory. Typical.

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Foodie Series: Sea Urchins and Fabada

photo 1Sea urchins? You mean you can actually eat those things?!

That’s right, folks. Sea urchins are edible. And yes, they do, in a really strange way, taste like the sea. Not in an overly salty, I just swallowed a gallon of sea water way, but in a reminiscent, oh look at the beautiful sea, kind of way.

Now, I used to be one of the pickiest eaters on the planet (when I first studied abroad in Spain I would go so far as to pick out the pieces of fish from a dish my host mom made me). But now, it’s a whole new ball game and I have changed from picky to foodie.

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Culture Series: La Caña & La Tapa

IMG_20150313_213109There’s nothing more that the Spanish love than drinking and socializing, and they’ve got a concept for a drink that completely reflects that. It’s called una caña.

La caña. It’s small, quick to drink, and super affordable at only 1.50-2 euros per caña. While it’s not necessarily the best beer in the world (think cheap, industrial, watered down beer), it reflects a culture that appreciates the art of socializing over drinks, and not  drinking with the sole aim of getting drunk.

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Traveler of the Month: Kate

compass-vintage-map-10622581Why do you enjoy traveling?

I enjoy traveling because it gives you a different perspective on life. You meet new people from all over the world and it teaches you things. For example, I now have friends from all over the world. It forces you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You have to do things on your own that you wouldn’t normally do. I guess it’s fun. It’s fun to explore new places, new cities. It’s quite addictive. I’m talking about traveling more in the sense of traveling and living in a place.

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Mis Razas Me Siguen A Todos Lados

Acabo de terminar de ver la película “Queridos gente blanca.”

Siendo completamente honesta, algunas de las complejidades de la cuestión de que la película trata de abordar se me escapan. Creo que tendría que verla otra vez para capturar todo.

Sin embargo, hubo un momento en particular que se destacó para mí. El decano, que es negro y que, aunque se graduó summa cum laude, no fue contratado como el presidente de la universidad, que es un hombre blanco que apenas se graduó, se entera de que su hijo fuma marijuana. Mientras sermonea a su hijo, arremete con furia, diciéndole que no perpetuase las imágenes que la gente espera ver cuando ven a él, arrojando luz sobre por qué es tan estricto y exigente con su hijo.

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