We’re baaa-aaack!

We encountered these cows on a windy, almost-two-lane road in northern Asturias. We wanted to keep driving. They didn’t care.

Hello World! Sorry for the long absence. In between wedding-cake-baking, soaring over the Atlantic Ocean twice, gallivanting around the northern half of Spain with not just one but two families-worth of wonderful people, and then chasing crazy cranky Spanish children around for a couple of months, this lovely blog has been sadly neglected, for an unacceptable amount of time. I’m here to change that! Continue reading

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Glimpses of mi vida castellana

Obviously, my incredibly delayed blogging style makes it impossible to devote a whole post to everything I do, and besides, my life is far too mundane to write a post about every semi-interesting thing I decide merits a picture.  However, there are still plenty of pictures that are worth sharing, and if a picture’s worth a thousand words, this is better anyway because nobody wants to read all that.  So, without further ado, approximately 12,175 words (including captions) about some of the things I’ve been up to in the past few months in the beautiful region of Castilla y León.

The Absent Blogger Returns

Hey there!  Sorry for the long absence.  I have no good excuse, unfortunately; I’m just lazy and really bad at updating.  However, you won’t be surprised to hear that in the intervening months between my last post and now, I’ve been to lots of fabulous places!  And I’m even gonna tell you about them!

I’ve written a couple of new posts that are scheduled to go up this weekend, while I’ll be busy traveling in Morocco(!!!), but for the moment, I’ll give you a few pictures as a taste of what I’ve been up to in the (very long) time since you last heard from me.

Awesome chair sculpture outside the UN building in Geneva

Poutine! Finding this Montreal treat made me miss Will Shown a lot.

Piles of nougat and caramels at a Christmas market in Switzerland

Valladolid's Plaza Mayor, all dressed up for Christmas

More Spanish Christmas decorations

Fanta Exotic--Hands down the best flavor I've had anywhere. Tastes like passion fruit.

Guinness, poured by moi, at the Guinness Factory in Dublin

New Year's Eve with Scottish cousins!! Best fireworks show I've ever seen.

Awesome bridge in London (featured in the last Harry Potter movie!)

Amazing custard tarts at Borough Market

 

Atop the Walls of Ávila

Continuing our series of day trips, David and I recently visited the town of Ávila with my friend Elizabeth.  We had a really bizarre schedule for the second week of December, because the 6th was the Día de la Constitución, and the 8th was Día de la Virgen de la Inmaculada, so I only had class on Monday and Wednesday.  David was lucky enough to have class only on Monday, so he came down to Valladolid that night and we set out bright and early the next day on our adventure.  Ávila is just over an hour away from Valladolid by train.  We left a little after 10 (it was a holiday, after all), and got into the city around 11:30, plenty of time to do some exploring before lunch.  Home to a population of only about 60,000, Ávila is a tourist destination known for its well-preserved medieval walls that surround most of the old city.  We weren’t sure the best way to go about finding the walls from the train station; when we asked directions, we were told to just “ir todo recto hasta que los veis,” go straight until you see them.  The winding nature of the streets had us a bit confused, but just when we were about to lose faith in those directions, we rounded a corner and found ourselves standing in front of the wall’s guard towers. Continue reading

Warm Butternut Squash and Garbanzo Salad

Guys.  This is my new favorite food.  It’s one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time, and that’s saying something, since I just went to Paris and ate my way through the city.  Ok, so maybe it’s not BETTER than the food I ate in Paris, but it’s very different, and it’s definitely delicious.  I’ve made it twice now, and even though I just finished the last of it yesterday, I already can’t wait to make it again.  Unfortunately, the second time I made it (which is when I remembered to take pictures), I didn’t have any parsley, so it’s not the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made, but…just deal.  I’m telling you, it’s amazing. Continue reading

sorry, i’m terrible at this

Sorry I’ve been such a slacker!  My biggest challenge to this whole blog thing is that I’m actually really bad at remembering to take pictures.  So this weekend, when David and I made braised leeks with pasta, and bought a whole fish for the first time ever, and then made a horrible mess trying to filet it, I took a total of 0 pictures.  And then when Elizabeth came over on Saturday and we made some amazing carmelita bars (Haverford kids, think Magic Cookie Bars but times like, 100), I once again completely forgot to take pictures.  And then Saturday night, when David and I went out for tapas…same deal.  So, I’m going back to Santander this weekend and PROMISE to remember to actually use my camera.  Until then, you can read about  the Spanish version of Columbus day, or Día de la Hispanidad, which is today!  And is the reason I’m not at school right now!  Woohoo!

Alternatively, if you speak Spanish, you should go watch the show El Gran Hotel, which Irene (one of my roommates) introduced me to last night.  It’s so good!