In June and July 2017 I spent three weeks exploring Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Itinerary

DayDaytimeNight
1Fly to Vilnius from DüsseldorfVilnius
2VilniusVilnius
3VilniusVilnius
4VilniusVilnius
5Day Trip - TrakaiVilnius
6Travel -> KaunasKaunas
7KaunasKaunas
8Travel -> KlaipedaKlaipeda
9KlaipedaKlaipeda
10Travel -> NidaNida
11NidaNida
12NidaNida
13Travel -> KlaipedaKlaipeda
14Travel -> RigaRiga
15RigaRiga
16RigaRiga
17Day trip - CēsisRiga
18Travel -> TalinnTalinn
19TalinnTalinn
20Day trip - Western EstoniaTalinn
21Day trip - LahemaaTalinn
22Fly from Talinn to Amsterdam
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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.

1. El Deforma

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.

1. La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)

La Casa de Papel trailer

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.

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Deutsche Welle's Jojo sucht das Glück

Deutsche Welle’s Jojo sucht das Glück

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.

Itinerary

DayDaytimeNight
1Fly to Mexico City from USMexico City
2Mexico CityMexico City
3Mexico CityMexico City
4Mexico CityMexico City
5Bus to GuanajuatoGuanajuato
6-26Guanajuato - 3 weeks of language studyGuanajuato
27Bus to ZacatecasZacatecas
28ZacatecasZacatecas
29ZacatecasZacatecas
30Day trip to JerezZacatecas
31Fly back to US from Zacatecas
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