I’m Alex Wittman, the brunette backpacker behind this blog (try saying that five times fast).
In May 2014, I set off on a post-graduation backpacking trip around Europe. I tried telling myself I could get the “travel bug” out of my system. I honestly thought when I returned home, I would be ready to “settle down.” But, man, I was wrong.
Planning and then going on that first trip changed everything for me. Somewhere between partying in Amsterdam and getting lost in the winding streets of Venice, I fell in love with traveling. I mean, come on. It’s addicting! I knew then–like I know now–I was happiest when I was exploring new cities, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.
In the fall of 2014, I spent three months living in a village just outside of Madrid, Spain. I worked as an au pair and had the pleasure of living with a truly delightful host family. Au pairing was an opportunity to test out my high school Spanish, immerse myself in a different culture and continue traveling.
Unfortunately, my tourist visa expired in November 2014 thus forcing me to return to the States. However, I vowed to return.
Fast forward to today (yes, let’s please skip over the eight months I spent working as a bra fitter in a department store). I’m back in Spain! I’m living in Madrid with my boyfriend, Taylor. We both teach English in Madrid public primary schools as part of the North American Language and Culture Assistants program.
When I’m not teaching, I’m traveling, practicing Spanish and/or drinking a whole lotta red wine.
The purpose of this blog is to share my adventures and, hopefully, encourage you to take some of your own. Thanks for reading!