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Please Let Me Plead the Fifth (#USexpatproblems)

Sometimes you’re from the U.S. and something major happens in the U.S. and all your fellow teachers want to talk to you about it, and you just want nothing more than to talk about anything else.

Even my third graders had opinions about the 2016 Presidential Election. And they're too young to know the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, so I can't even plead the Fifth with them. Sigh.

Needless to say, coffee breaks were a little dicey for a while, and I wished more than anything I had lied during the first few weeks of school and claimed to be Canadian. Pro travel tip: Always tell people you’re from Canada. There are no negatives to this (besides, you know, lying). I mean, remember that awesome morale-boosting Twitter hash tag from a few months ago? Go Canada.

Anyway, I took a welcome escape to Segovia this past weekend, where I could be a tourist and ignore my nationality for a little while. Pro life tip: Find a beautiful, fairytale castle whenever suffering from never-ending streams of questions to which you absolutely do not have the answers.

The Alcázar de Segovia was the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Historically, it was a royal residence for the Castilian monarchs, including Isabel I and Ferdinand II.


Alcazár de Segovia




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Alcazár de Segovia from afar




Castle from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves


It was a gorgeous day, and Segovia is so beautiful. The aqueduct was incredible (and supposedly two thousand years old!); legend has it that the Devil himself was responsible for its construction. The cathedral was gorgeous, and with the bright green trees surrounding it in the middle of the stone Plaza Mayor, it looked like it was in its own little world. Everything in this little city was full of history and beauty. As I told my friends who were with me, I am starting to experience some serious city-envy!



 Not really, Madrid is still my favorite. Even if Antonio Machado lived in Segovia and there’s an awesome museum about him there.


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