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 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!
Just tap the title of each podcast to go to its website.
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
In summer 2016 I spent 11 days in the highlands of Ecuador visiting Quito, Otavalo, and Cuenca after spending three weeks in Colombia.
|1||Flight to Quito via Bogotá||Quito|
|3||Bus to Otavalo||Otavalo|
|4||Bus to Quito||Quito|
|7||Flight to Cuenca||Cuenca|
|11||Flight to Quito, then flight back to US|
In 2016 I spent 3 weeks in Colombia in June exploring Bogotá, Villa de Leyva, Salento, Manizales, Jardín, Medellín, and Cartagena. The highlight was Colombia’s lush Zona Cafetera (coffee zone) with a stay at a gorgeous hacienda featuring an outstanding coffee tour. Read More