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feliz san isidro

Tuesday was el Día de San Isidro, the patron saint of the city of Madrid, so for the whole first half of the week there were cultural events and parties all over the city.  Since we didn’t have to work on Tuesday, Monday night Dan and I met up with our friend Chrissy from Northeastern and a bunch of her friends for some beers in Sol and then walked over to Retiro to see the fireworks.  They shot them off of the statue on the back on the man made lake (where I rented a boat when my parents came to visit!).  Everything was lit up beautifully, and they even had music to go along with it.  Unfortunately, they only lasted 15 minutes, but it was still a lot of fun, especially since we all sat around in the park for a couple of hours after they ended.  The weather was finally warm and sunny this week, so it was great to finally be outside!

There was a huge festival in the San Isidro park all day on Tuesday, so we headed over there after lunch!  It’s located by the river on the west side of the city, where I haven’t really gotten to explore all that much yet.  It’s so beautiful though and I definitely plan on spending a few days this summer relaxing in the park along the river.  We relaxed in the shade most of the day, drinking ice cold tinto de verano, but as it got later we walked around the rest of the festival where they had carnival games (with a ham leg as the price!), awesome outdoor tent restaurants and lots of pottery and artesanal goods on display.  I also finally got to meet Kathryn’s boyfriend, which I was so excited about, and we hung out for most of the afternoon with them and some other friends too!  Dan and I went out for sushi afterwards and ended the night back at Retiro for the last night of the fireworks.

  

These types of cultural events are the things I always like to explore during our time here in Madrid.  It was really cool to see all of the Madrileños singing and dancing, and so many little boys and girls in the traditional Madrileño dress.  What a great way to spend a day off in the middle of the week!  Hope you guys enjoyed your week & weekend; an update on my weekend coming soon!  Ciao, amores:)

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la pascua judía

Last week, while I was sick, Dan ventured up to the only place in all of Madrid to buy kosher food for Passover – the Corte Ingles at Nuevos Ministerios.  He came back with a huge box of matzo & matzo meal to last us through many delicious pots of matzo ball soup.  We made a quick batch of matzo ball soup that very first day, but were anxious to make a whole Passover meal like we had done last year in Boston.

Friday afternoon, when I was feeling slightly less sick, we made our own chicken stock, slow cooked the matzo balls and made matzo chicken cutlets.  The dinner was amazing and we finished it off with these flourless double-chocolate cookies (note: I used walnuts) I had had my eye on.  Everything was so yummy and the soup definitely helped with my speedy recovery:)

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semana santa en marbella

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent last Thursday through Monday in beach city of Marbella in the south of Spain.  Although it was only in the 70s while we were there, the trip was everything I could have imagined.  We spent the first two days staying in a hostal in the Old Town of Marbella, a five minute walk from the beach and the last three days at the Marriott Marbella Vacation Club with Jackie and her family!

  

Scenes from the Old Town and the girls out at a club, after a few free glasses of Moet Chandon and Dom Perignon!

Taking the overnight bus there proved to be a great choice, although we spent the morning hours between 6 and 9 checking things off the to-do list at the 24 hour pharmacy, enjoying a leisurely 2-hour breakfast feast and taking a very cold nap on the beach.  Besides that minor hiccup, we spent the rest of our two days in the Old Town of Marbella lying on the beach, enjoying great restaurants on the boardwalk and going out at night in Puerto Banus.  Puerto Banus is about 7km from the main center of the old town and is just filled with shopping, bars & restaurants.  It was really fun, and we even ate at a delicious American restaurant with the boys over there!

   

On Saturday afternoon we met Jackie, her boyfriend James and ten members of her extended family (from Boston & Ireland) at the Marriott Marbella.  After checking in, we explored the resort a little bit and then went over to the Irish relatives’ villa for a delicious Irish lunch (they brought 10 kilos of food with them on the plane!!)  That night we sat around with the whole family.  It was great to sing and play games with Jackie’s relatives; they were so fun and I’m so happy that I got to spend a few days over Easter with them.  It did make me miss my family, but I’m very glad I got to Skype with them and a few of my aunts & uncles on Saturday!

    

Sunday we went to a typical Andalucian church in the Old Town for Easter mass and then devoured a delicious brunch at the beach-side restaurant back at the resort.  Holy Week is such a huge celebration through out Spain, but especially in Andalucía, and it was really great to hear the Priest’s sermon on such an important day!  Other than that, we spent most of our free time relaxing between the beach and the multiple pools and hot tubs all around the resort.  Thank you so much, Donal, Claire & Jackie, for inviting us to celebrate the Holy Week with your family!

This trip to Marbella was a lot of fun, and I’m definitely glad that we took advantage of the very long weekend to get out of the city for a bit.  Unfortunately, I’ve spent the past few days since we returned from Marbella sick in bed, but with an antibiotic I picked up yesterday, I am already starting to feel a lot better.  The plus side is that I’m half way through the first season of the HBO series Game of Thrones.  If you never saw it, I seriously suggest downloading it; it’s amazing!

Hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend as much as I did!  Ciao, amores:)

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paella con bea

  

Feliz Semana Santa!

Last night my roommate Bea showed me and a friend of her’s from class how to make paella.  She explained that everyone has their own ways of going about it, what vegetables to add, what order to add things in, etc, but she sticks to the way her dad has been making it her whole life and it was absolutely amazing!  She even called him in the midst of cooking to check if the chorizo sausage being spicy would change the flavor (it would, so we skipped on putting it).

After dinner we enjoyed homemade torrijas, which are basically slices of french toast toasted in cinnamon & sugar made out of a special type of bread.  They’re so common during semana santa (holy week), so Bea decided to make those too.  We talked about all sorts of things from our different cultures to music festivals.  I always like hearing people’s thoughts and opinions about different things, since we all have grown up in such different environments.

It was the perfect beginning to holy week, and I’m heading to Marbella tonight for the long weekend.  Thursday & Friday are both official holidays here in Madrid, so nearly everything will be closed.  We’re spending the first two days in a hostal by the beach in the old part of Marbella and then Saturday, Sunday & Monday with Jackie’s family.  I’m so excited to meet all of them and relax by the pool & beach all weekend.  It’s going to be weird not being at my house with my family for Easter, which makes me even more appreciative that Jackie’s parents have taken us in to celebrate the holiday with them!  A post with plenty of photos to come on Tuesday.  Enjoy your weekend & Happy Easter, amores:)

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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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¡feliz día de san valentín!

Happy Valentines Day, loves!  If I was home I would make you all beautiful, sparkly valentines, but this year… these cute valentines from Martha Stewart will just have to do.

Tonight, Dan and I are ordering sushi, watching a Woody Allen film (we’ve been on a serious Woody Allen kick for the greater part of 2012) and studying for our Financial Markets exam, which is at 8am on Thursday morning.  This weekend we’re going to relax and make a delicious dinner in honor of the wonderful Corte Ingles holiday though, so I will be sure to share our recipes!

Distfrutados, 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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