Hi, I’m Ingrid. I’m taking time off from software engineering in my mid-40s to pursue my passions for travel, language learning, and photography. This site is called Second-Half Travels because at my age I optimistically estimate I have half my life left. My goal is to spend as much of it as possible doing the things I love. Read More
In June and July 2017 I spent three weeks exploring Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
|1||Fly to Vilnius from Düsseldorf||Vilnius|
|5||Day Trip - Trakai||Vilnius|
|6||Travel -> Kaunas||Kaunas|
|8||Travel -> Klaipeda||Klaipeda|
|10||Travel -> Nida||Nida|
|13||Travel -> Klaipeda||Klaipeda|
|14||Travel -> Riga||Riga|
|17||Day trip - Cēsis||Riga|
|18||Travel -> Talinn||Talinn|
|20||Day trip - Western Estonia||Talinn|
|21||Day trip - Lahemaa||Talinn|
|22||Fly from Talinn to Amsterdam|
If you’re like me, you spend too much time on Facebook. Fortunately, you can turn “El Feis,” as it’s known in Mexico, into a learning tool. Follow these Mexican Facebook pages to improve your Spanish and learn about contemporary culture in Mexico.
Mexico’s answer to The Onion. Hilarious satirical news site with the latest viral Mexican memes and jokes. (The name is a play on Reforma, one of Mexico’s major newspapers.)
Mexicans have a way of making humor out of tragedy and meme-making is a popular national pastime. Follow this site to keep your finger on the pulse of Mexican humor. Read More
Getting hooked on a binge-worthy Spanish-language TV show is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills. You also learn about other cultures and gain exposure to different accents and slang. If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles as studies have shown it enhances language learning. I also note down any interesting new vocabulary to add to my Anki flashcards later.
Here are 16 recommended Spanish-language TV series streaming on US Netflix as of February 21, 2018. Some are personal favorites; others are reader recommendations I haven’t had the chance to watch yet. The Netflix originals will stick around, but watch the rest while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.
Addictive, entertaining heist thriller from Spain. A clever take on the bank heist formula reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs. A crowd-pleaser with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing with some suspension of disbelief required. Season 2 to follow.
Accent: European Spanish Read More
In summer 2017 I’ll be visiting family in Germany, so I wanted to brush up my language skills. My German abilities were in kind of a weird place. Since both my parents are German I grew up speaking it at home here in the US, but now that I live far from family I have few opportunities to practice. Also, I never had a formal grammar education and intended to fill that gap. Additionally, I wanted to pick up more current German slang.
Here are the advanced German learning resources I found most useful: Read More
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.
|1||Fly to Mexico City from US||Mexico City|
|2||Mexico City||Mexico City|
|3||Mexico City||Mexico City|
|4||Mexico City||Mexico City|
|5||Bus to Guanajuato||Guanajuato|
|6-26||Guanajuato - 3 weeks of language study||Guanajuato|
|27||Bus to Zacatecas||Zacatecas|
|30||Day trip to Jerez||Zacatecas|
|31||Fly back to US from Zacatecas|