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el fin de semana


This past weekend was absolutely awesome.  Despite the on and off rainy weather, I had an all together great weekend in Madrid.  With only three months left and lots of travel plans between now and the end of August, I’m really trying to take advantage of every moment I have left here.

Friday afternoon I went to lunch with my co-worker Raquel; she lived in Miami for four years so we bonded over that connection to the US instantly.  Since then, we’ve started having English lunches every Friday, where we go out to lunch and only speak in English.  It’s really fun and I’m always happy to help people practice their English!  This week we went to an Italian chain restaurant that’s very popular in Spain, Gino’s.  I had the best pizza ever with roasted eggplant & zucchini, sundried tomatoes, pesto, mozzarella, tomato sauce and goat cheese.  It was so good I talked about it literally all weekend… Jackie thinks that pizza is what gave me all of my energy for the weekend haha.

Friday night we hung out at Lauren’s for a little bit before going to Sol to meet up with the Germans.  Jackie’s sister Bridget was visiting with a friend, so we were hoping we’d find something fun to do!  As soon as we got to the bar, our friends informed us they were leaving to go to a club Gabana, that we can just say is not my favorite.  However, we went anyway, and I had a blast!  I even had to ask Lauren to stay half an hour longer with me, which has never happened!!

After a long, long sleep, I met up with Jackie, Gabby, Bridget & Madison at one of our favorite bar/restaurants, Bar Casa Paco.  We devoured pinchos of a few different types of Spanish tortilla; they serve a million different varieties that are all amazing!  When there was a break in the rain, we headed out to give the visitors a tour of the city.  We went through the normal tour route that we have all perfected by now, but my friend Trent did a great job of mapping out a similar one here if you’d like more details on it!

I took a crazy two hour siesta from 8 – 10 pm when I got home and then woke up and got ready to go out. We went over to an outdoor tent/bar/not sure how to describe it, which has 6€ buckets of 5 beers.  Once they started locking us in, we took cabs back to a bar Gabby’s roommate Ana had told us about that was actually one block from my apartment.  Since it was so close to home, we figured we would give it a try, since none of us were up for going to Kapital, where everyone usually takes their visitors.  This place was so cool!  It’s the sister bar of a pirate bar we went to a few weeks ago for our friend Joe’s birthday, and it was nearly as fun as that one!

After another long, long sleep, Dan and I had delicious homemade egg sandwiches before heading out to an Artisanal Beer and Food Festival in Casa de Campo, the huge park on the west side of the city where the Marathon Expo was.  There are ton of different outdoor areas for expositions it seems, so I’m hoping to find more things like this through out the summer!  We spent a few hours tasting Spanish and International beers, enjoying locally made chorizo on crusty baguettes and soaking up the sun with some of the guys.  I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as well! Ciao, amores:)

  

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feliz cumpleaños a gabby

This past weekend, I had the honor of celebrating the most-awaited birthday of the year, the twenty-first birthday of Miss Gabrielle Velasquez!  There’s a little back story to this one.  Last year, one by one all of our friends turned twenty-one, went to the bars in Boston for the “first time,” and had a celebrations with all of our friends.  Gabby sat back and relaxed, waiting until she reached the US legal drinking age while living in a country where the drinking age is 18 (…not that we’re complaining).  Even though it wasn’t as exciting to turn twenty one here in Spain, we decided that there’s no way we could have done anything half as fun in Boston.

Sidenote: ADRIENNE CICERO, my roommate from the legendary 69 Gainsborough Apartment 3, was here for the entire weekend, which automatically brightened everyone’s day.

Thursday night we had Spanish tortillas, pineapple shrimp salads, and spinach artichoke dip bread (don’t worry, recipe to come!) at Lauren’s before heading to Gabana, a posh nightclub that’s free for girls until 3am.  It was really fun and since we had all day to sleep the next day, we didn’t mind at all.

Friday was the big night, we were having a party at Lauren’s, then heading to Buddha Bar with everyone afterwards.  Since Gabby is the queen of champagne, I had a great idea, that a bunch of us girls buy her twenty-one bottles of champagne for her twenty-first birthday.  (See photo above!)

   

Unfortunately, there aren’t any pictures of Adrienne and I carrying twenty-one bottles down the hill to Lauren’s apartment, but you can trust me when I say, it was hilarious.

We tied a ribbon around each bottle and put one reason why we love her.  It turned out looking adorable, Gabby obviously loved it, and we had a great time putting the whole thing together.

After Funfetti cupcakes, we spent the night at Buddha Bar, which is now my favorite club in Madrid.  It’s outside of the city, about a 10euro cab ride, so I won’t be going very often, but it was still so fun.  There were musicians playing the trumpet, saxophone, and drums live to the music of the DJ.

Saturday was a lazy day of pancakes & bloody marys, touring around Madrid (going on 3 weeks in a row now), and Cien Montaditos.  And Sunday was a sad day of goodbyes to Kate and Adrienne who I’m not even sure when I’ll see again and homework.

How was your weekend?  I’d love to hear!

Ciao, amores:)

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el resumen del Oktoberfest

In case you have neither the time nor the interest in reading about my take on Oktoberfest below, please enjoy these two videos put together by my friend, Trent!  His camera has a setting that takes a three second video everytime he takes a picture.  He utilized this awesome setting to put these together.  Enjoy!

DAY ONE 23/9/2011

DAY TWO 24/9/2011

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willkommen in deutschland

    

After the outrageousness of this past weekend, I hope you can all forgive me for just getting the time to sit down and write about it all.  You guessed it, we were in Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest!!

Despite the absurd number of one-liter, higher than normal alcohol-containing, delicious, German beers I drank this weekend, Oktoberfest was nothing less than a wonderful adventure.  Okay, to be perfectly honest I only had five and a half beers all weekend, but trust me… that was PLENTY.  Anyway, let’s take it from the beginning…

After hanging out with some friends from class until late into the night at el Templo, I slept for a few hours before meeting up to get to the airport by 6am for our 7:30am flight.  Then, Gabby and I spent our morning sleeping, eating croissants, and trying to pick out who in the airport was definitely on their way to Oktoberfest.  Upon arrival in Munich, we took the craziest metro I have ever seen to the camp site we would be staying in for the remainder of the weekend and quickly made our way to the festival, thus comensing the insanity of Oktoberfest with 15 of your closest friends.

Oktoberfest is full of tradition as it is technically a festival for the city of Munich.  Most Germans dress in a lederhosen (for men) or dirndl (for women).  I really wanted to buy one to wear during the festival and just to have, but we didn’t even have time to go into the city center, and the outfits aren’t really available for purchase at the festival itself.  Regardless, it was cool to see all of the different dresses, ranging from traditional floor-length fall colors to short neon ones.  They also serve traditional food in all of the beer tents.

I’m going to have to digress for a second…  For those of you not very knowledgeable in the happenings of Oktoberfest (as I was last week), there are many (sorry for being ambiguous… somewhere around ten) large beer tents.  These consist of the beer halls (indoors) and the beer gardens (outside).  To order a beer, you have to be sitting at a table.  To be sitting at a table, you pretty much have to be drinking a beer.

Back to the story, the food is absolutely delicious!!  Some of the things that we tried were:

  • All different types of sausages!
  • Roasted chicken that was definitely the best chicken I’ve ever had in my entire life (Rina, it was even better than the brick chicken if you can believe that!!)
  • Real sauerkraut, and I didn’t even think I liked sauerkraut
  • Käsespätzle, a customary Bavarian dish similar to macaroni & cheese, which I plan on attempting to make myself!
  • Roasted cashews (think, NYC street vendors)
  • And of course, pretzels of all shapes, sizes, and flavors

There is also a huge carnival that is part of the festival, which was really cool to see. My favorite part of the entire weekend was riding the ferris wheel at night with Dan (twice!); it was so cool to see the entire festival of lights and people from so high above!  All in all, it was great to spend the weekend exploring a festival so foreign to us, yet so customary to so many other people.  We meet so many people from all over the world while we were there; it was great to share our stories with all different types of people!

Auf wiedersehen, loves:)

Prost!

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