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Candace Fykes

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An English teacher and writer making her way in Spain.

Hometown Tourist

The Visitor Last April during Semana Santa, my roommate and I hosted a wonderful couch surfer from Catalonia. He had come to Minorca to walk the Camí de Cavalls, the name given to the trail that circumvents the island. He...
A curious thing has occurred to me in the two weeks that I've been back in New Jersey. Nobody wears pants. Okay, this is obviously somewhat of an exaggeration, but not by much. I first noticed it at the airport,...
I was nineteen years old when Elizabeth Gilbert published Eat, Pray, Love. At the time, like the rest of the country, I was enamored with Gilbert's international journey of self-discovery and emotional healing. For the four of you who...
I left America in September of 2015 mentally and emotionally broken and in dire need of a fresh start. I told myself that by leaving, I was fulfilling a lifelong dream. But in reality I was also running away from...
Trials  This is where ish gets real.  If you thought that you were on vacation until now, your bubble’s about to burst. In the Ted-Ed video, the narrator continues that is the point in which you will begin to be...
For the past two weeks, I have been the same lesson to my various classes in Spain. The concept: What makes a hero? The idea came to me rather spontaneously about an hour before school started. Luckily, while doing...
The countdown has officially begun on my return date to the US.  It has been nearly two years since I've been home--and above all I miss the food. Not all of it, to be fair. Americans seem to have a...
Hey you! Shhh...come closer. Can you hear me? What? Yes? Okay. I have some advice for you: please don't ever do this. Do what? Wait, I'll tell you. Come closer, shhh...okay.  Please don't do this--as in whisper to someone who...
Spain is a land full of famed traditions. Some are so well known, they border on the cartoonishly stereotypical, like bullfighting and flamenco. Others, like La Tomatina, a tomato throwing festival, and Las Fallas, an effigy burning ceremony in Valencia, may...
I imagine that life as English teacher in Spain is a lot like being a dentist. People are generally unhappy when they see you, and you spend an inordinate amount of time pulling teeth. Teeth, for me, generally means...