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Hello amores!  Just added a new feature to my blog.  You should see a new widget on the right under my Twitter feed called Recetas {Recipes}.  Per my boyfriend’s suggestion, I’ve added the link there in case you’re looking to find the recipe for one of the many delicious foods I’ve made since arriving in Madrid (including yummy birthday cakes).  If you’re confused, you can also click on the photo above.  Buen provecho!:)

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estructura nueva, ¿te gusta?

How do you like the new blog layout?  It is the fruit of my procrastination.  But can you really blame me for not wanting to studying International Economic Theory after already studying for and taking three exams in the past week?  I didn’t think so.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the change (and actually, on economics if you have any insight for me, hehe)!

Ciao, amores:)

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2011, un resumen

I spent New Years Eve eating 12 “lucky grapes” for the last 12 rings of the clock bells as is the Spanish tradition, having the pleasure to be out at a huge club by the river with 15 of my friends, and wishing all of my family and friends in America Happy New Year when it turned midnight on the east coast!  Yes, it was 6am … but, the club was just closing!


As we stride into 2012 I’d like to share this summary of everything that happened on my blog in 2011, thanks to WordPress.com.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.  Enjoy! & Thank you all for your continued support!

Ciao, amores:)

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el fin de semana como una turista

Here’s the thing about blogging: when it comes down to it, it’s a hobby.  So when I have an eight page Spanish paper, an HR project, a group International Business paper, visitors to entertain, and some co-op applications to fill out, I really do want to blog.  I just have a few more important priorities.  I know, I’m just making excuses, but I hope you can forgive me for the two week long hiatus I just took.  I promise to update more regularly!

That being said, let’s dive in to the topic at hand.  I’ve been thinking for a while now about the perfect weekend in Madrid because of a study abroad student challenge I found on this website that I’ve briefly posted about before, here.  After touring the city two weekends in a row with family friends, friends, and friends’ family (… that’s not confusing), I think I’ve finally got it.  So here you have it, my weekend as a tourist in Madrid.

The best walking tour I’ve got

To pack a lot of sites into a few hours time, start off at the Argüelles metro stop, and head straight down Calle Marqués de Urquijo (side note – my friend Lauren lives here!).  You’ll hit Parque del Oeste, and further to the left, el Templo de Debod and Plaza de España.  All three are Madrid must-sees in my opinion.  After that you can head straight up Gran Via, cut over to Sol, Plaza Mayor, and el Mercado de San Miguel.  I took this walk with a few friends this weekend and then stopped for some tapas and ice cream once we got to San Miguel.  There are also a ton of restaurants with Menu del Días and great tapas on the street “Cava de San Miguel.”


El Museo Nacional del Prado

Two weekends ago when our family friend Carolyn was visiting from Sevilla, I decided to take her to the infamous Prado.  I still hadn’t been and thought it would be great for her to see some of the most famous artwork in Spain while here in Madrid.  The museum is also beautiful inside, and we definitely enjoyed ourselves.  I found a great guide to the museum from Fodor’s Travel Intelligence and took notes of the most important masterpieces to see.  Here’s the link, and here are my notes on what we had to see, but make sure to grab a map!

Room 12 – Intro to Velázquez (1599 – 1660)

  • “Las Hilandres”
  • “Las Meninas”
  • Then rooms 14 – 16
  • Make sure to see his portraits of the royale family’s jesters

South end first and second floors – Goya (1746 – 1828)

  • King Carlos IV
  • “The Family of Carlos IV”
  • “The Cloth Maja and Nude Maja”

Room 75 – large scale model of the Prado

  • Then rooms 60 – 63A

Floor 0 near the Goya Entrance – 15th & 16th century Flemish works

  • “Garden of Earthly Delights”
  • And a table in the center of the Seven Deadly Sins


Cien Montaditos is the best place in the entire world.  You can get a few mini sandwiches for around 1 euro each and a large jar of tinto de verano.  They’re all over the city, so if you’re interested just ask anyone!

A diamond in the rough as far as free foods go is Meson Boñar de Leon
Restaurante on Travesía de la Cruz Verde.  The beers are a little pricey at 4 euro each, but they’re cold and very big.  And they come with plenty of tapas.  I was just there yesterday afternoon with Gabby and her mom.  We each had two tinto de veranos, with which came a plate of bread, paella mixta and two Spanish tortillas, all for free!


I understand when you’re away for the weekend and just can’t bring yourself to go out drinking all night after walking around all day.  Conde Duque, which I just discovered last weekend is your cure.  We saw an awesome flamenco jazz concert of two guitars, a cello, a drum set, a singer, and some dancing at the end for 10 euro.  Though they’re in the middle of a Jazz Festival right now, there are ongoing events, concerts, and exhibitions there.  I recommend getting there early to check out the building, which contains a huge plaza, as well.  (We were rushing, so I wasn’t able to snap any photos!)

A great easy option is going to Puerta del Sol.  From about 9pm onward there are promoters in the streets and plazas of Sol begging you to come take free shots or reduced priced drinks.  It’s like happy hour, but normally free, and in about 150 bars at once.  Go enjoy, it’s amazing!

I promise to update more for the rest of the month because I already have things to look forward to: my roommate from Boston coming to visit, Gabby’s 21st birthday, a trip to see a great friend in London, and a homemade Thanksgiving feast.

Ciao, amores:)

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Quick post:  Just found out I’ve been featured as a Top Blogger by I Love Study Abroad, a website devoted to the world of college study abroad!  It seems like a great site, where perspective students can get student reviews, travel tips, and city guides before and while living abroad.  They also have a student blog section where readers can find study abroad blogs divided by country.  Check out the website by clicking on the hyperlink above!  Thanks, @LoveStudyAbroad!

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