Paris, June 2011
Hi. I'm Amy. I'm a twenty-something Southern California native living and teaching English on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

When I started college the very first place I sought out on campus was the study abroad office. My first attempt at moving overseas failed before it even started. The program I'd signed up for in Ireland and Scotland was cancelled due to low enrollment, and I was left with a nonrefundable plane ticket. I did the only logical thing and changed the dates and locations on it and backpacked across Australia for six weeks with two of my cousins.
Sydney, July 2007
I came back and got straight to work researching attempt number two at studying abroad. A year later I was in Rome, where I spent a semester eating gelato, playing in ancient ruins, and learning Italian.
Ostia Antica (Rome), November 2008
Once again, I came home and immediately turned back around looking for my next opportunity to dive in to a new country. I reviewed my high school Spanish, went and got myself a CELTA certificate, and set my sights on a teaching opportunity in southern Spain, where I've lived since fall of 2010.
Sevilla, March 2011


  1. Hi there! I came across your blog on the CIEE website and have loved reading about your time in Spain. I'm actually getting my TEFL certification right now and am planning to move to Spain in January to teach and I would love love love to ask you some questions. If you're open to it, please let me know!

  2. Absolutely! Shoot me an email at teach.learn.run@gmail.com

  3. what a great thing to do!! I wish I had done that. I did spend my junior year abroad in Madrid over 30 years ago and fell in love with Spain then. I've been back twice and hubby and I are now hoping to retire to Málaga. A ver lo que pasa eh? ;)

    I too love reading about your time in Spain. Me encanta España. Muchísimas gracias :)