How Teaching Abroad Changed My Life


I have always had this reoccurring dream. I saw myself teaching in another country. The thought of travelling and experiencing a new culture and learning a new language rippled through my hidden adventurous spirit. I was a bird in a cage crying out to be set free.

It was not until I shared this dream with a wonderful friend that he told me to just go for it. He told me to just take the risk and listen to my heart and not to settle for a life I’m not happy with. He told me to be true to myself and develop my interests and talents. He told me to just spread my wings and fly. His advice grew on me and step by step I began my transformation.

I took the Oxford Seminars TEFL course and they connected me to CAPS (Conversation Assistant Programme for Schools). I filled out an application and completed a Skype interview and after a few months of patiently waiting I was accepted into their Plus Program. I was on my way to Spain.

So far I have been in Spain for five months and it has been the best decision I have ever made. I went from the worst year of a broken long-term relationship, familial pressure and a soul-crushing job to the absolute best year of my life. This experience has completely changed me and helped me discover who I am.

I have travelled to Naples, Italy and around Spain. I will soon be venturing to London, Paris, Rome, Malta, Casablanca and Lisbon. I have met the greatest people, amazing teachers and people I consider my family. There are so many people who have helped and supported me and my heart is overflowing with gratitude towards them. I have learned that I love travelling, languages, photography, poetry and even painting canvases! I followed my passion for writing and combined it with my new-found love of travel, photography and poetry to create this wonderful blog. I have developed fluency in Spanish, picked up some Catalan and learned how to make delicious typical dishes. I have learned about Spanish and Catalan history, art, traditions and cuisine. Most importantly I realized that I am a natural teacher and this is the job I was always meant to do. Now I have been accepted into a highly competitive education program in Canada to become a certified teacher.

It is amazing how much one person can learn in so little time. I have realized that the reason the flower could not grow was not that it was a defective plant, but because it needed to change its environment to a fertile field where it could blossom and develop beautiful, vibrant petals. Sometimes we go through different periods in our life when we feel that all hope is lost until someone wakes us up and reminds us that we are full of light and love. I had my mentor guide me on this path and now my heart is full of nothing but love and gratitude for him. So now I will pay it forward to you.

The greatest advice I can give you is to follow your dreams. Let my story inspire you to wake up and do what you always wanted to do. We all go through rough times, but if you hold onto hope and work hard you will see that que será, será; life is what you make of it, so make it a beautiful work of art.

An Ode to Life


Life is a celebration, so let’s raise our glasses,
Even when our journey feels slow as molasses.
Thank you to all of the people who are there when I need them the most,
To you I dedicate this simple toast.
I appreciate everything about you and what you do for me,
And how you’ve helped me on this journey across the sea.
I am also grateful for getting through hell,
Including all of those times I wanted to yell.
Those are the moments that made me tough and strong;
The moments that helped me see where I belong.
Dante Alighieri believed you must walk through hell to get to paradise,
For some of us that may happen often, or maybe just twice.
So let’s raise our glasses and keep a positive attitude;
Always fill your hearts with love and never-ending gratitude.

Conquer Your Mountain


Everyone has a life path to endure. Everyone has challenges and obstacles to overcome. Although in the present moment you may not understand why you have to go through this, in the future the lessons you have learned from this particular challenge will make you stronger and wiser. Everything that happens to you in life, good or bad, builds your character; it becomes a part of you. Your reaction and attitude can change your situation and the way you feel. Stay positive and know that everything is going to be exactly the way it must be because que será, será. Don’t worry and just be happy.

On my journey of dramatic change, ups and downs, heartbreaks and roller-coaster rides, I have learned pain makes pleasure so much sweeter; heartbreak makes love so much better; failure makes success so much greater; distance makes relationships so much stronger.

I decided to take advantage of my opportunities and steer the reins of my life. Now here I am following my dreams and doing what I love because I found the courage inside of me to take a tremendous risk. You too can find the courage to do what you love to change your life for the better. I continue on my journey for all of those who can’t travel, who can’t teach. For the poor who don’t have the money. For the old who don’t have the stamina. For the sick who don’t have the health. For the timid who don’t have the courage. For the non-anglophones who don’t have the language. For the parents who don’t have the time. For the depressed who don’t have the esteem.
I do this for you. I do this for me.

Live through my story and let my journey inspire you. Let it inspire you to embark on your own journey. To light the way of your own darkened path. Have the courage to follow your dreams even though it may be difficult. Overcome your struggles, overcome your pain, overcome your failure and you will be prosperous. You will be happy when you see what you can achieve and all of the hurdles you can surpass.

Evergreen Paradise


Gentle winds flowing through my fragrant hair,
The morning sun toasting skin so fair.
The sound of birds fills the air;
Fluttering around without a care.
Tulips fill the meadows, row by row,
With the suns vibrant rays encouraging them to grow.
So many seeds mother nature sows,
The mystery of this creation, I will never know.
Nature is beautiful; an evergreen paradise,
Care for it always, that is my advice.

Bunkers del Carmel


High atop Turó de la Rovira hill sits the historic Bunkers del Carmel in the district of El Carmel. The bunkers were built in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War as an anti-aircraft fort to defend against attacks on the city. Today you can find bulky 105 mm cannons mounted on the concrete walls and various gaping holes and crumbling walls. After the war, the bunkers served as a shelter for citizens and had as many as 3,000 residents in the 1960s. In the 1990s, the Barcelona City Council rehoused the residents of the bunkers to flats within the city in an effort to “clean up” the city for the 1992 Olympics. The bunkers were practically forgotten during most of the 1990s and 2000s until 2011 when the Carmelite Agency and the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA) underwent a project to restore the bunkers and improve accessibility. Now the bunkers have become an increasingly popular destination to visit with its breathtaking view of Barcelona. The panoramic scene is host to many photos, picnics, music sessions and hangouts in the city.