A Nostalgic Look At Summer

9 Sep

As summer winds down and the nights turn cold I can’t help but feel a bit sad. After all, one might say that this was the most important summer of my life. I got married (twice), made the decision to move to Spain for good (well, for now), and I probably spent my last summer living unemployed at my parent’s house (I hope). I was nervous about this summer– would the weddings go okay? Would Ale and I get along with my parents all summer? Would I go crazy without my own car or summer job? Luckily everything turned out perfectly. The summer flew by. I got my much needed dose of the US… which I believe will do me good this coming year. Being home has allowed me to enjoy all of the things I miss when I’m away, while subtly reminding me of everything I don’t, once again proving that the grass is always greener on the other side. 

I’m ready to go back. I don’t know what awaits me there (besides my in-laws who have been missing us terribly and will be thrilled to see us)! This summer has allowed me to reevaluate and remember that every place has its good and bad. I look forward to returning to my adopted country, moving to its capital, and making a name for myself somehow. I accept that the paperwork will probably take longer than I think, that our apartment may cost more than we’re budgeting for, and that things will go wrong, but it’s okay.

I’m so thankful to everyone who has been a part of my life this summer– those who have welcomed Ale to the US, invited us over, shared advice, and supported our decisions. It’s because of all of the amazing friends and family that we had such an unforgettable summer. Take a look!

My official summer started on May 31st when my family arrived in Spain for my Spanish Wedding.

Combining Cultures

Soon enough Ale and I were exchanging vows on June 3, 2011 in Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain.

Photo by Amazing María Benitez

But the events didn’t stop after the wedding as I showed my group of guiris around Andalucía.

Guiri Guide for the Day

My niece liked the view from the Cathedral in Seville

Like any good guide, I made sure to introduce them to Spanish food.

We weren't in Galicia but it was still delicious...

And, in Jerez, Spanish drink too!

Christopher Lamb's Amazing Sherry Bar

After my family left Ale and I headed to Zaragoza where he was finishing a job.

Basilica in Zaragoza

Jelly Candies at the Medieval Fair


Another View of the Basilica

Where Ale Works

Recently arrived to the US, Ale and I headed to Maine for 4th of July with friends.

The Rocky Shores of Maine

Delicious Donuts

Before Ale tipped his kayak

Sunset before 4th of July Fireworks

Before our second wedding, we both celebrated our semi-singleness…

Ale's Bachelor Day (I wasn't allowed)

My Bachelorette (Ale wasn't allowed!)

And of course we did more G rated activities too.

It wouldn't have been complete without a ball game

And soon enough it was time for the big event.

Pre wedding fun at the Sam Adam's Brewery

Time for Wedding Number 2

This time with an American style wedding cake!

And after the wedding the vacation didn’t stop.

Spending the day in Western Massachusetts

Beautiful Shelbourne Falls

A Weekend in Cape Cod

And finally, as a vacation from our vacation, our summer wouldn’t have been complete without a honeymoon! Playa del Carmen, Mexico turned out to be just perfect.

Our First of Many Trips to the Caribbean (Hopefully!)

Serenaded During Dinner

Me, obviously impressed by that little fish!

Now we only have a few days left to cram in as many visits as possible and to pack our lives away into 4 or 5 suitcases… if we don’t see you know we’ll miss you lot’s, care packages are always welcome, and Madrid is only a short flight away!




12 Responses to “A Nostalgic Look At Summer”

  1. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport September 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    You have had quite the amazing summer! Your wedding photos are absolutely beautiful!!!

    I love the recaps and can’t wait to explore your site some more. I have no doubt that you are a wealth of knowledge about all things wedding in Spain. You might regret offering to answer questions 🙂

    • Lauren September 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      Thank you darling… you should consider my photographer for yours if you don’t already have someone! She’s amazing. And I’ll never regret giving some advice. Hopefully we could even meet in person once I finally find a place in Madrid!

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    My gosh what an incredible summer you’ve had!!! You 2 are such a gorgeous couple! The love totally radiates.

  3. christine September 10, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Congrats on an amazing summer! Good luck with your big move to Spain, lots of exciting changes ahead for you both, I’m sure!

  4. Erin from La Tortuga Viajera September 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    You have quite an exciting adventure ahead of you! I’m about three and a half years in and can definitely say it’s been a wild ride, but worth every minute. If you ever need anything in Madrid, don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

    • Lauren September 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

      Thanks so much Erin, I will. I love your blog btw!

  5. Tina September 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    congratulations! what an amazing summer – not 1, but 2 weddings! buena suerte de regreso a españa! i, myself am actually going back to madrid this coming week. it’s kinda bittersweet, i’m excited to back, but i’m sad to leave my friends and especially my family

    • Lauren September 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      I know how you feel! What will you be doing in Madrid? Thanks for reading!

      • Tina September 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

        i’m going back to continue teaching english! (auxiliar) and to also continue working at a humanitarian non-profit

  6. Siesta y Fiesta September 12, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    What beautiful pictures, Lauren! I look forward to following your blog more, and hopefully meeting you in Spain!


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