Monthly Archives: March 2012

vacación familiar en las islas canarias

If you speak Spanish, you’ll know that the title of this post translates to a family vacation in the canary islands.  I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I moved to Madrid with about 12 of my very best friends.  It’s fun, totally crazy and comforting, even if it means I speak a little bit too much English sometimes.  A lot of the time it’s also pretty dysfunctional.  We’re just like a big huge family of twenty-somethings high on the lives we’re living here.  In short, it’s absolutely awesome.

The second to last week of class was jam-packed with homework, papers and study guides.  We were slaving away to the ICADE-beast with the end coming closer and closer into sight.

Two days later, shoot to the most deserved beach weekend of my life.  We took a late flight from Madrid to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on Thursday night and spent all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the beach.  We napped in the sun a lot, but also went for a swim, explored a sandbar full of tidal pools, little waterfalls & all sorts of sea creatures, and played beach paddleball.  We also walked around the Garden City of Las Palmas – a neighborhood of old, beautiful homes with even more beautiful gardens.  At night we made family dinners and sat around playing some drinking games in the apartment we had rented.  Dan found an awesome 9-person apartment online that worked out perfectly.  There was a huge new kitchen that even had a washer and dryer!!  We’ve missed dryers so much that we did all of our laundry before coming back to Madrid on Tuesday morning (#studyabroadproblems).

  

It was so relaxing to just be at the beach for the long weekend with a bunch of my American friends; the perfect rejuvenation needed for the last week of class and a week of finals (which I’m in the home stretch of right now!).  Hope you’ve all been getting some r&r mixed in with the hard work you’ve been up to.  Ciao, amores:)

  

P.S. In case this post didn’t answer the question, here’s an interesting article about why being in your 20s is awesome? (Via SP&A)  Enjoy!

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me encantaría aprender frances

  

   
I absolutely adored Paris.  Everything was beautiful: the food, the people, the sites, the culture and especially the desserts!  The city was amazing and I wish I could go back right now to explore even more because even with nearly three full days there, I feel like we hardly saw anything.  It was so relaxing for Dan and I to just be there together; we didn’t have to agree on plans, where and when to eat, or what to do each day with our friends or family.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going on big trips with everyone, but going by ourselves certainly had many advantages as well!

Each morning we woke up early-ish (around 9 or so) for the hotel breakfast of fresh croissants & baguettes, orange juice and coffee & tea.  We usually took the metro over to the other side of the river, like on Friday to start our all-day walking tour of the city at the Eiffel Tower!!  And then walked around from there.  Due to lack of time, I’d rather no go through the day by day of what we did, but I assure you it was all amazing.

  

We saw all of the other wonderful sites like the Champ de Mars, Arc de Triomphe, Musée de L’Homme, Avenue Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde & the Egyptian obelisk, Jardin des Tuileries, Opéra de Paris Garnier, Notre Dame, and Jardin du Luxembourg, We visited two of the great museums, Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay and went shopping on Boulevard de la Madeleine and at the store named after me, Colette (haha).

  

  

We ate paninis, crepes, and cheese plates for lunch in the Latin Quarter at our friend JP’s favorite lunch spot during his study abroad and at the markets near Avenue Motte – Picquet.  We had two amazing dinners at Le Procope and Les Ministeres per the recommendations of Lauriane and snacked on a million different pastries from the rum-honey cakes I ate in Lyon to strawberry shortcake, coffee eclairs, creme brûlée, macaroons from Ladurée and rhubarb pie through out the weekend.

         

    

Though the weekend was short, it was extremely fun and relaxing while it lasted.  Being there made me want to learn French and move to Paris later on, so don’t be surprised if you’re reading my blog la Blonde á Paris in a few years, hehe.  Au revoir, amours:)

{Running to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle at night}

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visitantes en madrid

{view of the main dance floor of kapital from a few floors up}

Hello readers!  I’m so sorry for the sabbatical I’ve taken for nearly the entire month of March from blogging! It seems I have hardly had time to do anything, but with my 15 page analysis of the Peruvian economy during the 1990s out of the way, I have a clear mind to start writing again… at least before I start studying for my exams next week!

The week in between my trip to Lyon to visit Lauriane and my trip with Dan to Paris was Northeastern’s Spring Break.  A bunch of my friends had visitors, so it was nice to get out in the city and show them around a little bit.  I haven’t had visitors in a while and have been busy with school, so I haven’t had too much time to explore Madrid as of lately.

That weekend we had our first botellón (read: outdoor pre-game) of the year, though it was a little too cold for me, and then headed to Kapital.  Kapital is the famous seven story club in Madrid just steps from el Parque de Buen Retiro, Museo del Prado, etc.  It was really fun, but my feet were killing me after walking up and down the stairs in pumps all night.  Even though its mostly for tourists it was still a great time since I haven’t been since we were in Madrid for the weekend while living in Sevilla two summers ago.  It was just how I remembered it, and I’m so happy that our friends that were visiting got to see the craziness of Kapital as well!

On Sunday, Dan and I tried our best to make hamantaschen, traditional cookies for the Jewish holiday of Purim, but with no success at all.  We were praising ourselves for forming them so perfectly, but after just ten minutes in the oven they had turned into flattened, messy pancake-versions of themselves.  I wasn’t too discouraged though, since one of my favorite food bloggers at smitten kitchen has been having the same issue for years!  Fortunately, they were still absolutely delicious, especially with the jams from la Vieja Fabrica in Sevilla, which I’ve had a love affair with ever since my first breakfast at Rosa & Carlo’s house two years ago.

         

But, back to the visitors… we enjoyed these hamantaschen pancake cookies that night after a meal of the most delicious Vodka sauce I’ve ever had in my entire life!  Gabby’s dad was also visiting us for the weekend, so when she asked him to make her vodka sauce for dinner, he offered to make it for the rest of us as well!  It was absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that recipe with fresh parsley and shallots thrown into the mix.  Thanks so much, Tony!

Other than that, I spent most of the rest of my time doing homework, while the visitors frolicked around Madrid, but I did make it over to El Tigre again for some delicious tapas with a few friends the night before leaving for Paris!  I love having visitors, but it was nice that none of these ones were staying with me.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed having to do something fun every hour of the day, but it certainly makes it worthwhile for the tourists!  Hope everything is great at home and that you’re all enjoying the nice weather!  Ciao, amores:)

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feliz cumpleaños, teddy!!

Here’s a little video we made to wish Dan’s dad a very happy 60th birthday, all the way from Spain!!  Hope you had a great time at Dusal’s last weekend and that you have a great day, Teddy!

 

I promise updates on my trip to Paris last weekend as soon as possible!  Ciao, amores:)

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