I am by NO means a financial expert, heck, I don't even have a retirement account, but I would like to share a few tips on how Fernando and I saved for our big move and paid off my debts in one year's time. Living a low impact lifestyle was an integral part of saving, … Continue reading How Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle Helped Us Save for Our Move to Spain
Barcelona was a Zero Waste dream! Bulk shops selling pasta, soap, nut butters, WINE, detergents, and dried fruits, plastic free bakeries, waste sorting bins, and independent produce shops - it was all there. Over the course of the week we were in Barcelona I visited a handful of bulk stores and other mention-worthy shops selling … Continue reading Zero Waste Week in Barcelona
When I was in my early 20s the opportunity came up for me to apply for Spanish citizenship. See, both my paternal grandparents were born there, but left as young children with their families, fleeing from Franco's persecution. Eventually, they arrived in Mexico where they were welcomed as refugees. It was my late grandfather's birth … Continue reading Moving to Spain!
This past weekend, with only 9 volunteers, we removed 864 pounds of trash from a deserted beach! The idea to do this cleanup arose months ago when my dad mentioned there was a beach south of Ensenada where he remembered seeing a lot of trash. He ventured down there years ago when he used to … Continue reading Baja Beach Cleanup
When Fernando booked us a camping site at the Grand Canyon a couple of months ago, I was beyond thrilled! For years I had wanted to go, but other trips and things had come up. It's at that distance (8-hour drive) where it's doable but still far, and it seemed we never had the time, … Continue reading Arizona & Zero Waste Camping
These are a few of my reusables. I often get asked about them and where I got them, so here's my review and a short story behind each one. Starting on the top left and going clockwise. Three- In-One Giant from ECOlunchbox Late 2015 I was getting ready to travel around southeast Asia without disposable … Continue reading Zero Waste Tools – A Review of My Reusables
Around this time last year, I was going through a very hard time. It was month 7 of traveling (plastic free) in South East Asia with Fernando, I had just finished a 10 day silent Vipassana meditation course, and was spending the next 2 weeks doing a work exchange at a place called Rainforest Camp … Continue reading Coming Back Up from the Deep – on depression and getting better