Food and travel are about discovery: tasting pan con tomate for the first time in Barcelona and waiting in line for world-famous falafel in Paris; encountering incomprehensible Basque and finding cheap flights to Geneva.
I grew up in a suburb of Washington, DC — home to a diverse, transient population and burgeoning dining scene. In 2009, I went off to Boston University to study English and Spanish. During semesters abroad in Madrid and London, I gadded about in pursuit of new flavors and places.
After I graduated, I returned home to rediscover DC. But the travel bug bit again, and I bought a one-way ticket to Spain. From 2013 to 2014, I lived in Alcalá de Henares, outside Madrid, and taught English at a bilingual elementary school. Traveling every other weekend, I experienced everything from Christmas in Vienna to Easter in Nice.
~ Erin Thibeau ~
(Follow me on Twitter at @erinthibeau.)