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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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resoluciones para el nuevo año

Every year I think of all sorts of New Years Resolutions that are really more like goals and ways of meeting these goals to be done through out the year.  Usually, I make a goal for each of the most important aspects of my life (though some goals apply to more than one) including: family, friends, relationships, health & exercise, school, work, and play.  I guess those are pretty basic categories to sum my life up into, but they work pretty well for my goal-setting needs.

I just found this great guide on “How to Be More Interesting” on Forbes.com (via SP&A)  that would be great to use in New Years Resolutions or any other type of goal setting.  For anyone about to tackle a new experience (like friends going abroad for this spring semester) this seems like a great way to ensure you make the most of your opportunities!  I plan on applying this to the rest of my 8 months here in Spain… at least after exams end.

Hope you enjoy the silly, but true advice and the fun diagrams just as much as I did!  Ciao, amores:)

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el puente de navidad

Spaniards love celebrating random holidays just as much as they love doing so in the middle of the week, I only had two days of class last week.  It was nice to have some extra time before I left for Sevilla on Thursday (more about that to come), since I knew I wouldn’t be getting anything done while we were there.  However, that meant the short week I did have was filled with homework, group meetings, Christmas shopping, and a few other activities.  I guess I should be thankful for the celebrations of the Constitution Day, which allowed me to get some homework done, and the Immaculate Conception, which let us leave a day early for Sevilla though!

During the craziness of the holiday season, I usually get overwhelmed, but the speed at which it is flying by this year is absolutely insane!  The countdown makes me a little anxious: Dan’s parents – 9 days; my parents – 10 days; Dan’s birthday – 11 days, Prague – 11 days, Christmas – 13 days; and New Years Eve – 19 days.  For now, here are a few of the things I filled my “Puente de Navidad” with, while still in Madrid.

{taking a study break on tuesday for american grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup using this recipe}

{planning an itinerary for christmas in prague, which you can read here}

{making zillions of christmas cookies to enjoy myself and bring to my padres españoles in sevilla using this great recipe & tutorial}

And if you haven’t already noticed, I’ve been filling my spare time (read: procrastinating) by catching up on all sorts of new blogs.  I’ll be adding them to a blog roll soon, but for now the rest of the posts on the two blogs I’ve linked to today are really great.  Enjoy!

Hope you’re having just as much fun during the chaotic holiday season as I am here in Madrid.  Ciao, amores:)

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la hora española

I’ve been meaning to write about “Spanish time” for a while but haven’t gotten around to it yet.  Fortunately for all of you, Gabby has already given her readers a wonderful snapshot of what exactly “Spanish time” is, which you can find below:

The Spanish Way…

I’m not sure if everyone is aware, but Spanish time is unreal. The days do start early, but around 2 every afternoon, everyone takes a 3 to 4 hour break to nap (siesta), leisurely have lunch or do whatever. Most stores close, the banks shut down for the day and the streets become slightly deserted. 

Things pick back up again around 5 – stores reopen, people emerge after their naps and continue on with their day. Dinner is never any earlier than 9 and even that is pushing it. 10 to 10:30 is prime time. Meals are pretty long because no one is in any sort of rush because there is still, “so much,” time left in the day. 

If you are planning to go out to a bar or a club, you can often times get free entrance before 1:30, but you and your friends will be the only people there. Clubs and bars don’t hit their prime time until at least 3, and again, even that is a little early! 

My mom called me Saturday around 5 PM (Spain time) and asked me how my morning was and how my day was going. Yes mom, I was a little embarrassed to tell you this but I responded by saying that I didn’t really have a morning because I had gotten home at 8 in the morning and woken up around 2 in the afternoon. I explained the concept of Spanish time to her and she is the inspiration for this post. I figure if she doesn’t know, that most likely means that a lot of other people don’t realize it either!

I told my roommate, Ana what time I got home and her immediate response was, “Welcome to Madrid. I never sleep here.” 

Soooo, let’s see how long I can keep this up. 

Thanks, Gab, for your insight into the struggle we’ve been having since we arrived in Spain!  Hope that clarifies the concept for all of you.  I’m heading to Barcelona tomorrow night, so expect a post Sunday or Monday full of photos and Kate Tarabelli’s birthday celebrations!!

Buen fin de semana, amores:)

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