Hi, I’m Ingrid. In 2016, I took early retirement from software engineering at age 43 to pursue my passions for language learning, travel, 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
Mexico is one of my favorite destinations; between visits, I pacify my wanderlust with Mexican travel writing. As an expat lit junkie, I especially enjoy the unique perspective provided by Mexico’s long-time foreign residents. Here are some of the best books about Mexico by written by expat authors. Read More
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. Read More
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 free learning tool. Follow these Mexican Spanish Facebook pages to improve your language skills while keeping up with contemporary culture in Mexico. Read More
Getting hooked on a binge-worthy Spanish 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 show it enhances language learning. I also jot down any interesting new vocabulary and add it to my Anki flashcards later. 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.