When I started The Part-Time Mermaid four years ago, I was spending about half of my time training for competitive swimming. I had a new blogger's momentum, and quickly fell off the wagon once I stepped foot on U.S. soil following the London 2012 Games. I've picked it up in fits and spurts, most recently for the Sochi Games, but in all honesty, this blog would be better titled: Hillary Travels Abroad And Does Something Olympics-Related.
So, here I am. In Madrid. Working on the Olympic Channel's site during Rio.
This all came about quite quickly; I found out I was going a little over a week before I flew out (read: I'm not prepared like normal). I messed up a lot of people's plans, and I really appreciate their understanding (you know who you are).
My limited Florida elementary school Spanish is slowly simmering to the top of my brain, and I'm perpetually thankful for the grace and patience of strangers. I'm also thankful for a super supportive husband who encouraged me to leave, and has graciously taken the responsibility of solely caring for our dog, Watson.
I hope to give a weekly update, but no promises. For now, here are some pictures: