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lisboa con las chicas

Let me just start off by saying that this was one of the best weekend trips I’ve taken since I got to Spain. The combination of the beautiful city, friends I was with and lots & lots of laughs all came together perfectly. This trip was the last few days we would be spending with Jackie’s two best friends, Sally and Meg, who had been visiting from the US since the weekend before.  Although it was short, the two-hour long flight really made all the difference.  We had nearly the whole afternoon on Friday, plus all day Saturday and Sunday to explore.

After a few minor mishaps at the beginning concerning the apartment we were staying in, we were all a little on edge.  Jackie, Meg and Gabby went out to buy some snacks, wine and breakfast for the next morning while Sally, Lauren and I stayed back and started getting ready.  Worried they would return with even more woes, I was delighted when they came back in wonderful spirits and very excited to get our first night in the city started.  Between Friday and Saturday night, we managed to explore a large part of the Portuguese nightlife here in Lisbon.  We started out in Barrio Alto, one of the many hills of the city, lined with bars and filled with just as many locals as tourists.  We also got to see a Fado show, Portuguese flamenco, which was really beautiful.  Lastly, we went to two different clubs in the city, Urban Beach and Luxe that were both really fun.

  

Scenes from the trolley car.

We spent Saturday doing a little bit of shopping, taking the local trolley up through the Alfama neighborhood and strolling back down, taking in breath-taking views of the riverside and the city-side of the city.  Sunday was a little more relaxed (if that seems possible); we headed over to Belem, for the Pastéis de Belem, a very famous egg custard pastry.  It was really good, although I don’t know if I would say it merits being as well-known as it is.  Then we headed over to the beach town of Cascais.  There we relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the best gelato in Portugal.  I chose chocolate chip and lemon raspberry in a cup, which was so yummy.

Besides the wonderful sweets, we also tried many traditional Portuguese dishes.  Friday night we tried a tasting menu with Portuguese chorizo & blood sausage, baked cod in a thick cream sauce, kale soup, roasted potatoes and pork with a variety of seasonings.  If we thought the service in Spain was bad we had no idea what we were in for in Portugal though.  We had been to the southern beach towns of Albuferia and Lagos two years ago, but had completely forgotten the services issues we had there (we ordered four English breakfasts for four people, and for some reason the waiter had only written down an order for three).  Here, we got lucky though with a free sampling of chocolate and fruit mousses for dessert to compensate.

 

Saturday for lunch we had the funniest waiter I have ever had.  His broken English and radical change in mannerisms through out the course of the meal had me crying and falling on the table laughing.  Jackie and I shared a huge piece of fresh sole fish (although we had ordered swordfish… oh, language barriers) and roasted chicken.  Lisbon was such a beautiful city, and, just like with every other city I’ve been to, I really hope I have the chance to go back someday.  A lot of parts of the city reminded us of Prague; the style of the buildings and architecture was just very similar.  Every trip I go on, I hope to cross somewhere off the list, but unfortunately, that list is just getting longer and longer!  I hope you guys enjoyed your weekend just as much as I did!  Ciao, amores:)

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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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