Travel Talk with Hilary: An Auxiliar de Conversación in Madrid

I’m back with a new installment in my Travel Talk interview series! This time, I spoke to Hilary Leslie of Oregonian Overseas, who is currently in her second year of teaching English in Madrid, Spain as an auxiliar de conversación (language and culture assistant). I participated in the same program from 2011 to 2013, so I was curious to hear about her experiences and travel plans.

Visiting Acadia National Park, Maine

Hilary visiting Acadia National Park, Maine

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Travel Talk with Nicole Trilivas, Author of Girls Who Travel

In this edition of my Travel Talk interview series, I’m especially excited to be speaking to Nicole Trilivas, a fellow traveler who has recently published her first novel, Girls Who Travel. I recently had the opportunity to review the book, and I honestly fell in love with it and could not put it down. It’s an absolute must read for travelers: totally relatable, clever, and just all around a really fun read.

Nicole Trilivas, Girls Who Travel
Hi Nicole! Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I am a native New Yorker, currently living in London. I am a writer of travel-themed fiction, and I also dabble in advertising. Continue reading  

Travel Talk with Kim-Ling: An Australian Teaching English in Pozoblanco, Spain

Today’s Travel Talk star is Kim-Ling of Travel-Ling, a native of Brisbane, Australia who spent last year teaching as an auxiliar de conversación in the small village of Pozoblanco in the Córdoba, Andalucía region. She has returned to Australia since, and today she shares her experiences in Spain, her travels around the world, and what she has planned for the future.

Kim-Ling in Ronda, Spain

Kim-Ling in Ronda, Spain

Hi Kim-Ling! Where are you from? Where do you live now? What are you doing there?

I am a self-confessed hispanophile who absolutely loves all things Spain! I’m from Australia but was living in Pozoblanco, a small pueblo north of Córdoba, as an auxiliar de conversación (language assistant) last year. Sadly, I didn’t get to renew this year, so I am back in Canberra, Australia. I teach part-time and run a travel blog, Travel-Ling, where I am still writing about all of the adventures we had whilst living in Spain. I dream of Spain every day, though, and am already working on getting back there! Continue reading  

Travel Talk with Jayne of Girl Tweets World + Her New Guide to Sydney

Today I’m talking to a fellow Sydney-based blogger, Jayne, who runs the popular travel blog Girl Tweets World. She has also recently released her first e-book, Girl Tweets World Guide to Sydney, so I spoke to her about her blogging success and the e-book.

Hi Jayne! Tell us a bit about yourself – where you’re from, where you live now, what you do, etc.

I’m a Brit who spent 12 years living in London before making the move to Sydney last June. I work full time as a travel blogger and freelance social media manager and am very lucky that I can take my work anywhere, so the transition to Sydney wasn’t as hard as it might have been. Continue reading  

Travel Talk with Ashley: Teaching English in Cantabria & Burgos, Spain

It’s time for the next installment of my Travel Talk interview series, and today I’m speaking to another English teacher in Spain through the auxiliares de conversación program. Ashley of Cómo perderse en España told me about her experiences in the northern Spanish region of Cantabria, plus her new home of Burgos.

Ashley at the Alcázar of Sevilla

Ashley at the Alcázar of Sevilla

Hi Ashley! What’s your story?

I’m originally from St. John’s in eastern Canada, and I moved to Spain about nine months ago in mid-September to work as an auxiliar de conversación in Castro Urdiales, Cantabria. However, that’s not quite the start of my Spain journey. I’ve been dating a Spaniard, born in Donostia and raised in the province of Burgos, for nearly four years. We’ve spent years going back and forth, living in different countries (U.K., Canada, France and Spain) or doing long-distance, but over the course of time I started to get the feeling that our relationship would lead us to Spain. Continue reading  

Travel Talk with Trevor: Teaching as an Auxiliar de Conversación in Galicia, Spain

As a former auxiliar de conversación (English teaching assistant) in Spain, I love reading the blogs of and chatting with current auxiliares. Trevor, who is finishing up teaching in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia and previously taught in Úbeda, Andalucía, blogs at A Texan in Spain, one of the auxiliar blogs I’ve been reading for quite a while. I spoke to him a few months back about his experiences in Spain.

Ponte Maceira, Galicia

Trevor at Ponte Maceira in Galicia

Hi Trevor! Please introduce yourself!

Hi, Venga, Vale, Vamos readers! My name is Trevor Huxham. I grew up in Dallas, Texas, went to college in southern Arkansas, and have been living in Spain teaching English since September 2012. My first school year I worked in a village in Andalucía and lived in Úbeda, a World Heritage Site for its Renaissance architecture. For the past two years, however, my home has been Santiago de Compostela, where the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage ends in the northwest of the country. Continue reading  

Travel Talk with Nicole: Teaching in Madrid as an Auxiliar de Conversación

It’s that time again: another interview with a fabulous traveler! Nicole of Lost in Wanderland has lived in the two Spanish cities I’ve called home, teaching English as an auxiliar de conversación for a second year in Madrid after previously studying abroad in Sevilla. I asked her a few questions about her experiences in Spain, her new web project, and her upcoming travel plans.

Travel Talk with Nicole: Teaching English as an Auxiliar de Conversación in Madrid, Spain
Hey Nicole! Tell us about yourself.

My name is Nicole, and I’m a 20 something born and raised Miamian. I currently live in Madrid, where I teach English to a bunch of rowdy primary schoolers whom I love dearly. When I’m not correcting my students’ pronunciation of the letter r, I love going out for tapas, hiking, and exploring both Spain and Europe. Continue reading