I'm Courtney, a twenty-something Seattle native and ex-expat.
In September 2013 I packed my bags and said hasta luego to rainy Washington to teach English in beautiful Madrid, Spain.
After three magical years in Madrid, I've recently moved back to the USA to pursue the next adventure.
Now that I'm not tapas crawling or drinking tinto de verano in sunny plazas, you can find me repatriating with Chardonnay and truffle fries, exploring the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, and planning for my next escape.
A little more about me:
• I studied psychology and Spanish at the University of Washington
• I studied abroad in Cádiz, Spain and Paris, France
• I taught English in Madrid for two years with Auxiliares de Conversación
• I taught English in Madrid for one year with the BEDA program
• I've traveled to 31 countries
• I have Celiac disease and I've been traveling gluten-free for 6 years
• My favorite destinations (besides Spain!) are Greece, Croatia and Israel
Back when I was studying abroad in Cádiz in 2010, I stumbled upon the most eloquent Spanish word: adelante, which means "forward" or "ahead".
Not only is this particular word beautiful to hear and delightful to articulate, but its significance could not be more relevant as I adjust to a new life after Madrid.
New? Start here!
• Teaching English in Spain
• 8 ways living in Madrid has ruined me for life
• Repatriation is like a bad breakup
• 48 hours in Madrid
• Where to eat in Madrid
• 5 best day trips from Madrid
• A day in the life of an Auxiliar de Conversación
If you've got a question or are interested in collaborating, please feel free to email me at
You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For my unfiltered misadventures, follow along on Snapchat at courtney.likkel