Planning a trip to the Baltic states? In summer 2017 I spent three weeks exploring Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Check out my Baltic countries itinerary and trip report.

In February and March of 2017 I visited Mexico City and then spent three weeks in Guanajuato taking Spanish classes, followed by three days in Zacatecas, a beautiful northern mining town.

In October 2016 I spent two and a half weeks studying Spanish at AIL Madrid. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend the school.

Two week itinerary through Andalusia, Spain, starting in Madrid.

Want to learn Mexican Spanish? Check out these top Mexican movies on Netflix streaming in the US right now. Mexican films are internationally celebrated and a great way to improve your listening comprehension. If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles as studies have shown it enhances language learning.

El Panecillo, Quito. Ecuador has many excellent Spanish schools.

In summer 2016 I spent 11 days in the highlands of Ecuador visiting Quito, Otavalo, and Cuenca.

I spent 3 weeks in Colombia in June 2016 exploring Bogotá, Villa de Leyva, Salento, Manizales, Jardín, Medellín, and Cartagena.

Diego Rivera mural, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City

In spring 2016, I spent three weeks in Mexico exploring Guanajuato, San Miguel, Querétaro, Mexico City, Puebla, Morelia, and Pátzcuaro.

Interested in studying Spanish in Guanajuato, Mexico? Check out my review of Escuela Falcon, a small Spanish school that offers individually tailored class schedules, a friendly atmosphere, and daily extracurricular activities. Guanajuato is a great location to study Spanish. It’s stunningly picturesque and I loved exploring its cobblestoned alleyways and lovely tree-filled plazas.

Best free Spanish podcasts

Need to brush up your Spanish? Check out these resources for intermediate Spanish practice. Includes recommendations for grammar and vocabulary books, podcasts, and how to find online teachers and local groups for Spanish conversation practice.