About

My story


Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by. My name is Trevor Huxham and although I’m a native of the state of Texas, I’ve been living and working in Spain since the fall of 2012 (minus summer breaks back home in 2013 and 2014).

After graduating with a degree in history and Spanish from Ouachita Baptist University, I hopped on a flight to the Madrid-Barajas airport and began my new job as a North American Language and Culture Assistant.

My first school year, I worked in an elementary school in a small village called Villanueva del Arzobispo. In the heart of olive oil country and in the southern region of Andalucía, Villanueva has a population of around 8,000, but I chose instead to live in the nearby, World Heritage-listed town of Úbeda, 35,000-strong and graced with beautiful Renaissance architecture.

For the eight months between October 2012 and May 2013, I worked as a teacher’s assistant in primary classes that were taught in English—be they science, English, or music—and got to share a little bit about American culture while learning a lot about Spain’s. I shared an apartment with two other Spanish guys, got connected with the handful of American expats in town, and shamelessly picked up the local accent.

Travels during that year took me to places as near as the Moorish-influenced cities of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada to far-flung northern France and Morocco. I even got to walk the last five days of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

Me and the kindergarteners
Since the fall of 2013, I’ve been working in another elementary school, this time in a tiny village along the Atlantic coast of Galicia, which is in the northwest part of the country. It’s got a completely different setting: seafood, family farms, rain, and the regional Galician language all dominate here.

As my school in Abanqueiro is very small, I’ve done a lot more hands-on teaching than the year before, be it singing songs with preschoolers or teaching sixth-graders how to use PowerPoint. But rather than live in this municipality of 19,000 people, I found an apartment in the old town of Santiago de Compostela. The rain can get to you, but the glorious cathedral, free tapas, and central location make it an attractive place to call home.

Travels from my home base in Santiago have taken me all around Galicia, east to Aragón, Italy, and León, and down south to Portugal. I’m looking forward to exploring more of north-central Spain this coming year in addition to southern France, Germany, and Catalunya.

Start here

chocolate con churros
Or start with some hot chocolate and churros!
I’ve been blogging for more than two years now, writing on average two posts per week, so there’s a lot to go through in the archives. Many folks come across my blog asking about the language assistant program, so I’ve recently put together a static page that links to all the posts I’ve written about being an auxiliar in Spain.

Some of my favorite travel posts I’ve written include:

Saint-Malo, France: Brittany in a Mussel-Shell (this cozy city on France’s northwestern coast is right nearby Mont-Saint-Michel)

Don Quixote’s Windmills in La Mancha, Spain (the family of a private English class student took me to their hometown and showed me around centuries-old windmills)

* My 10 Favorite Churches in Rome (my inner architecture nerd had a field day with Rome’s many churches)

* My #NerdAlert Pilgrimage to the Roman Ruins of Pompeii, Italy (my inner history nerd couldn’t get enough of this well-preserved ancient city)

* Albarracín: The Most Beautiful Village in Spain (I think this speaks for itself)

Úbeda
After living in Úbeda for almost a year, I wrote my insider’s scoop to this charming town:

An Homage to Úbeda, My Pueblo in Spain (in which I reflect on living in a pueblo or Spanish village)

How to Spend 48 Hours Eating in Úbeda, Spain (in which I share the best places to eat in town)

* A Guided Tour of Úbeda, Spain (in which I lay out three itineraries to take)

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela at night
And I’m slowly amassing a small herd of Santiago de Compostela-related blog posts. I recommend reading the following:

The Mercado de Abastos (Farmers Market) of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Santiago’s second most popular sight for tourists)

* Photo Post: Monte Pedroso in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (the mountain where you go to get the best views of town)

My 5 Favorite Places to Eat in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (these are the places I go back to week after week)

A Guided Tour Inside & Around the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (my exhaustive guide as if I were with you in person)

10 Things to Do in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (this is what I would tell visiting friends to do)

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Getting the compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Yours truly having finished the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in northwest Spain
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I’m active on Twitter and Google+, and I’m also an Instagram fiend. For more complete photo albums of my travels and adopted cities, check out my photostream on Flickr.

Contact

If you have any questions or requests, you can @-reply me on Twitter or send me an email to trevor [DOT] huxham {AT} gmail (DOT) com (replace the words with the symbols). I’ll try to respond as fast as I can!

Thanks again for reading!
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