This is the blog of a girl whose name is not María. Said girl is a little bit in love with Lorrie Moore, outlandish vocabulary in English, German or Spanish, repugnantly sweaty workouts, all things fig, all things cheese, breakfast and Spain.
This blog was begun many, many moons ago in August of 2007. It was originally intended to catalogue the adventures of the girl whose name is not María as she spent a year living in Madrid, Spain, on a Fulbright grant. Since coming home to the U.S. in 2008, Not María has been working as a writer at an interactive firm (hey! she also freelances and is eminently hireable!) and pining, not so quietly, for Iberia. By way of resolving the angst, in August of 2009 the girl whose name is not María returned to her beloved country, to the arms of beloved friends, and to a Master’s of Spanish program run by Middlebury College. She’s since graduated after a final semester in Mexico, and subsequently became a Professor of English at a private university in Madrid, Spain.
Then the girl whose name is not María complicated things further by falling in love with a German. After a year and a half of long distance and stolen weekends, the girl decided to learn German all summer (which she did!), and move to Berlin with the most lovable of men named Niels. She is at present installed in Berlin, works at Zalando, and freelances. She still dreams about Iberia.
So, stay tuned–adventures are forthcoming–or at the very least there occasionally ought to be something interesting, educative, or vaguely amusing.