About Me

Hey Mom, look! I made a blog!

Like most people in the 21st century, there are a few blogs I follow religiously. Whether it’s reading about someone’s travels, HOW to travel (executive citicard, here’s to you), a great new recipe, or even just a growing family, I love being invited into someone else’s world and getting a glimpse of their life. I’ve decided this is the year I stop observing and start doing, so lookie here, my very own blog! This will be fairly varied–a lot of travel (and how to do it on a tight budget), some fitness, recipes, book recommendations, and career stuff.

To start, I guess I should introduce myself. My name’s Kristen. I’m from Boston, and pretty proud of it–I don’t know if you heard, but the Red Sox won the world series this year, and in 2014 Patriots won the Super Bowl on my birthday.

I went to Emerson College, where I studied writing and psychology. During my sophomore year I spent a term studying in London. That was my first time abroad, and one of the most influential experiences in my life–it completely opened the world for me (like the world was wide open, wink wink). In addition to the travel I did while I was in the UK, I also made a great group of friends who, for some insane reason, let me crash on their couches for months at a time (and also once from a mattress literally stolen out of a dumpster), allowing London to become a kind of a second home.

After university I moved to Los Angeles, where I got a job working at a talent agency. Jobs at agencies are supposed to be the literal worst–think Lloyd on Entourage, Anne Hathaway in Devil Wears Prada, or Ryan Reynolds in The (great and amazing) Proposal. However I got pretty lucky and had an amazing boss–that, plus being thrown into a working environment filled with other recent post-grads made my move to a new city relatively easy. I worked there for about a year and a half, and spent the following few years working assisting writers on various TV shows.

After about five years in LA, my wanderlust took over and I realized that instead of sitting behind a desk dreaming about all the trips I wanted to take, it was time to make a move. I applied to teach English in Spain, and in September of 2016 I moved to Logroño, a small city in northern Spain. That was easily one of the best years of my life, and I’d absolutely love to live in Spain again someday.

After Spain I spent about a year and a half living in London, before an amazing career opportunity took me to Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, where I’ll be living for the next year.

I love JFK, chocolate, and my cat, (Tom) Brady.  And sometimes pilates.

I’m not sure exactly how this will go or what it will be, but I’m pretty excited to find out!

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. beth says:

    Love your Blog! It’s nice to get your insight on the different areas you’ve travel to and the places you’ve lived. I must say, you must have had an incredible mother to be so smart, goal oriented and well rounded! LOL!!! Love you! Please keep up on your Blog, it’s great reading!

  2. Lee says:

    Hello! Just found this as I was researching on how to move my cat to Europe. Lol! Are you still there? I am currently LA based. Does teaching English in Spain provide a livable wage? I have dual EU/USA citizenship, so I would possibly go on my own and look for work rather than through a program. Any thoughts/advice are appreciated. Thanks and best of luck!

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Lee! I just moved from London, but was in Europe for the last two or so years. I loved living in Spain — but the affordability with the programme really depends on where you live. Everywhere but Madrid gets 700E a month, which in Logrono was very easy to live (and even save) on, but I know it was much more difficult for people living in Barcelona, Palma, Valencia, etc, to live off that. If you’re set on a particular city and don’t need the visa, you could work by offering private lessons (about 15E an hour) and working in an academy which pay less but offer a ton of hours. Otherwise, the programme is great for ensuring work, helping engrain you in a community, and providing some (minimal) support on the immigration process. Let me know if you decide to go!

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