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About Elena

My name is Elena and I am the creator of this site.  I’m a twenty-something writer, traveler, and photographer.

Elena Vazquez

So what’s with the name?
Gringa Española is a name that was given to me by a friend of mine which has sorta stuck. I’m an American born Spaniard, Puerto Rican, and Mexican. My grandmother also claims that there is French somewhere in there as well, although she may be merely placating me.  Needless to say I’ve experienced an identity crisis a time or two.

My Background
Currently I work as a freelance writer and photographer, travel when I can, and always return back to my home base in New Jersey.

Contact and Freelance Work
I am available for freelance work as a writer and photographer.  You can contact me at: gringaespanola (at) gmail (dot) com.  If you want to take a look at my past work and resume please take a look at my portfolio.

About Gringa Española

Gringa Española started as a personal account of my travels.  The content you will find here encompasses topics that are very important and fascinating to me.  Some of the content you will find on this site includes:

I have traveled to 17 countries and over 50 cities.  My goal is to see and experience as much as I can.  I don’t have an exact number of the amount of places I’d like to visit, but let’s just say it would be high.  I include travelogues and destination guides that I believe others will enjoy, but also from my perspective.  If I say I really really like a place, a monument, or a taco, I mean it.

Freelance and Media
My decision to become a freelance writer has allowed me to enjoy a certain amount of freedom with my work that I have never been able to enjoy before, but it hasn’t come easy.  I touch upon my growth process as well as steps others, who are interested in this field, can take to get started.  Because writers need to know where media is heading I write about it frequently.  I have immersed myself in the world of ‘new media‘, out of necessity and out of personal obsession.

Lifestyle design
I love reading about interesting people and the wonderful and unconventional things that they accomplish.  I write about my personal experience with entrepreneurship, unconventional careers, as well as the way many innovators decide to live their lives.

Photography is one of my passions that I continue to pursue.  All photographs have been taken by me unless otherwise noted at the bottom of each post.

Different Sun Quote2Other nonessential tidbits about me
I’m hopelessly addicted to frozen yogurt, my puppy Nico, Anthony Bourdain, and pomegranates. I talk in my sleep and wonder if it bothered the people I shared rooms with in hostels.  I have lived in the beautiful NJ, New York City, Madrid, Florence, and Montreal.

The main reason I come home.Nico


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kiara Carbone October 14, 2009 at 4:55 am

Hi Gringa!
I was surfing and I met you blog and I like it!
I have some blogs about travelling all around the world!
I would like to know if you are interested to echange our blog links!
Have a nice day and of course enjoy writing!

Bye Bye!

Crystal October 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm

LOVE your blog. Great writing and content, and the title is awesome. Keep it up!

Puja G. November 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

Your blog is a routine stop for me! Great material! I can’t believe that article about the animal sacrifice! I’ve been a practicing Hindu my entire life, I had no idea some Hindus do these types of sacrifices. It’s a lot to digest!

federico January 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Hola Elena,

How can I reach you via email?

Elena January 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Thanks everyone!

Federico, You can reach me at

Thanks for reading!


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