Chasing Windmills: A Spanish Adventure

IMG_2152“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?  Perhaps to be too practical is madness.  To surrender dreams — this may be madness.  Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” – Don Quixote

Spain is a country very near and dear to my heart.  My time working there as a Language & Culture Assistant gave me the opportunity to travel, meet incredible people, make life-long friendships, and experience some truly special moments.  One of my favourite adventures continues to be a spur of the moment trip to the town of Alcázar de San Juan, in Spain’s Castile-La Mancha region.  A fellow Language Assistant was visiting Madrid from Barcelona and had an idea for a very interesting excursion.  The goal was simple: visit the windmills famous in that part of the country, as it is said that it was this setting that inspired Miguel de Cervantes’ story of Don Quixote.  Brilliant!  So, we hopped a train and set off in search of windmills.

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About an hour and a half later we reached our destination.  The trick then was to figure out where exactly were the windmills.  I think we assumed there would be signs pointing the way as it is a famous part of the area, however this was not the case, and we set off into the sleepy little town in search of windmills… and food.  We did find food in the form of a charming Italian restaurant, and on the way came across Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Continue reading “Chasing Windmills: A Spanish Adventure”

BREAK TIME| Colouring, it’s a beautiful thing.

IMG_3088A few months ago I was in the midst of one major reading slump.  I always read what I feel like reading and never force myself to read anything I’m not excited about or interested in, which has made reading slumps a rare occurrence.  But sometimes the mind just doesn’t want to focus on a story and needs a vacation.  Since books were not appealing at the time I was searching for something else to keep me entertained, and in an effort to keep myself from binge-watching Netflix, I ended up discovering colouring books for adults.  Wait, what?!  This blew me away and made me absolutely giddy.  I loved colouring books as a child, but with adulthood that somehow stopped being a thing to do.  Until now! The whole concept is brilliant, and when the mind needs to cool off for a little bit a good colouring book is all you need. Continue reading “BREAK TIME| Colouring, it’s a beautiful thing.”

GETTING ORGANIZED| Book Life: A Book Lover’s Journal

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the most eminent people of past centuries.”IMG_3055

Some books inspire a lot of note-taking.  My notes have come to be spread out through different notebooks, loose pieces of paper, or anything I can get my hands on at the time.  It gets messy and quite disorganized.  In an attempt at organization I decided to get a book journal!  Hopefully it’s something that will work for me.  Or maybe I will miss hunting down random notes. 😉

The Intangible Beauty of Books

Books give us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.”

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Sometimes circumstances are what they are and the difficulties and challenges we face seem to be a steady force in our lives.  During these times we can step away for brief moments and lose ourselves in other worlds, other lives.  And sometimes these moments provide not only an escape, but beautiful glimmers of hope.  Hope in the possibility of better days and more peaceful nights. Continue reading “The Intangible Beauty of Books”

The Dailies: Achieving Your Long Term Goals

IMG_2526About a month ago I read Louder Than Words by Todd Henry, which discusses ways to find your authentic voice.  There are many points that really stuck with me, with one in particular being the concept of “dailies.”  I wanted to share this as it is something I have found to be very useful in my own life.

“The dailies” is a group of activities done everyday that is set to keep you on track.  Many of us have plenty of things we intend to do but excuses are easy to come by and we end up putting them off.  Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and before you know it there is a chasm of time between you and where you thought or hoped you would be.   Continue reading “The Dailies: Achieving Your Long Term Goals”