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Monday, June 2, 2014
Happy June! It's hard to believe that I've lived in Spain for almost nine months already. Time has gone by way too quickly since Christmas, and I can't even begin to fathom how it's almost summer. How did that happen? After my trip to Germany in early May, I decided to take a break from traveling so I could enjoy more of what Madrid has to offer. After constantly being on the go, I was beginning to feel homesick for this city! Since then, I've been tapas crawling, enjoying picnics in the park, discovering new restaurants and rooftop bars, becoming a bandwagon Real Madrid fan, exploring different neighborhoods and going on epic adventures with my fellow expat friends. Every weekend seems to be more fun than the last, and my steadfast love affair with Madrid has yet to subside.  

But naturally I can't stay in one place for too long, so here's what's on my summer agenda:


I'm going to Greece!  I'll be spending 11 days in Athens, Crete and Santorini with my friend Jen in July. I couldn't be more excited to lounge on the beach, explore the picturesque hillsides and eat delicious Greek salads every day. So if you have any Greece travel tips to share, please send them my way! We're looking for all the advice we can get.

After spending a week and a half in paradise, I'm heading back home to Seattle for the summer. I'm beyond thrilled to spend two whole months going on Whole Foods shopping sprees, cuddling with my cats Tucker and Oliver (aka Chairman Meow and Kitty Purry), overdosing on brunch at Portage Bay Café, and hanging out with my fabulous family & friends. I'll also be spending a week in Arizona visiting my mom and trying not to melt. But as long as there's a pool and In-N-Out Burger, I can't complain.

Until then, I'll be watching and rewatching this amazing timelapse video of my gorgeous city:


Seattle Dream Pt. II by F-Stop Seattle. Makes me cry every time.

Once mid-September hits, I'm off to Madrid again for a second year of teaching English through the Auxiliares de Conversación program. While they sometimes drive me crazy, I can't bear the thought of leaving my adorable students - so I'll be staying at my same school in Galapagar. While I'm excited for Round Two of teaching, I'm particularly thankful for the opportunity to stay in Madrid another year. I'm not ready to say goodbye to this place anytime soon.
I plan on focusing my 2014-2015 travels more on Spain, for there are still so many parts of this beautiful country that I have yet to discover. Awhile back I posted this 2014 Spain Bucket List, and I hope to hit many of those spots next year! But I can't ignore the rest of Europe completely, so I'm also hoping to travel to Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Copenhagen and possibly Iceland or the south of France. Who wants to come with me?

I can't wait to share my upcoming adventures with all of you, and feel free to follow along on Instagram (@courtneylikkel) and Twitter!
16 comments on "What's Next?"
  1. I loved Athens! You'll have a wonderful time in Greece. The food is absolutely amazing! Eat tons of seafood while you're at the coast. It couldn't be any fresher.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you loved Athens! I'm so excited to visit and eat all of the delicious food :)

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  2. My vote for next year is definitely Iceland and the South of France... both are amazing! We're doing Copenhagen in October and I'm so excited for that too!

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    1. I can't wait to read all about your tricks & tips for Copenhagen! I'm still trying to figure out the best time to go, because I don't want to go when it's too cold!

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  3. I went to Greece a few years ago and became absolutely obsessed with Greek salads - glad to hear you're going to eat one every day :)

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    1. That's fantastic, where in Greece did you go? Let me know if you have any travel tips!

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  4. Lucky you! Greece is absolutely beautiful! And it's great that you are going to be back in Spain next Sept. Sept will be my first year as an auxiliares and was only planning on doing it for a year but I'm seeing more and more auxiliares going for a second year which makes me wonder how long I'll be there haha. Enjoy your travels!

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    1. Thanks! Good luck preparing for your first year as an auxiliar! You're gonna love living in Spain :)

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  5. I love that your cats are named Chairman Meow and Kitty Purry! AHH, brilliant!!

    Also, I'm happy to see that you have so much fun travelin' on the agenda. I have always been curious about Greece so I'm looking forward to seeing pics on your blog!

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    1. Gracias chica! I hope my pictures don't disappoint!

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  6. WOW, WOW, WOW! What a beautiful adventure you are on! Soak it all up and love every second of it. I'm happy to follow along vicariously :)

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  7. Athens is cool, but the beaches look so beautiful! Have a great trip (bring back pictures!)

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    1. Thank you!! I'm definitely looking forward to exploring the history of Athens, but let's be honest, I'm way more excited for the beaches ;)

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  8. You have some exciting plans coming up! And pick ME! Let's plan a bloggers weekend getaway for the fall!

    p.s. I cannot wait for you post about Greece!

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    1. Are you staying in Madrid next year?!? I love the idea of a bloggers getaway! We'd have so many epic adventures and eat so many delicious meals!!

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