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
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|
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.
I chose Madrid since standard Castilian Spanish is spoken there with a clear accent, unlike in Seville, for example. There are also no regional languages to contend with, such as in Barcelona. Madrid is a little more expensive than other parts of Spain, but overall I found prices for school fees, food, and accommodation to be very reasonable.
Madrid ended up being a great choice. Despite being a big city, I found its inhabitants to be extremely kind and welcoming. It was easy to connect with locals and practice my Spanish. Madrid is famous for its night life and you could attend a different intercambio or social gathering via Meetup every night of the week. Read More
In October and November 2016 I spent two weeks in southern Spain exploring Córdoba, Granada, Ronda, and Seville. My starting point was Madrid, where I had spent almost three weeks doing Spanish language study and sightseeing.
|Fly to Madrid from US||Madrid|
|Madrid - 2 1/2 weeks of language study||Madrid|
|1||AVE to Córdoba||Córdoba|
|4||Bus to Granada||Granada|
|7||Train to Ronda||Ronda|
|10||Bus to Sevilla||Sevilla|
|14||AVE to Madrid||Madrid|
|15||Flight back to US|
Spanish podcasts are a convenient way to improve your Spanish on the go. I listen at the gym, while out walking, and in the car. They also get me through long hours on planes and buses when I’m traveling! Read More
Mexican film is internationally celebrated and a great way to improve your Spanish. Mexican Spanish is my favorite Latin American variant of the language. For me, it’s the clearest and easiest to understand. Read More