Ah, vacation. Isn’t it great? I never choose to spend my Christmas holidays traveling, as many do, but instead I venture home every year in order to spend time with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and many more. (Mario stays in Spain to be with his family work.) This means I think less about blogging and more about baking Christmas cookies, watching IU basketball, and hanging out with my parents. Yeah, I’m that cool. Fortunately for me, I’ve had the opportunity to reunite with some close friends from high school. I haven’t laughed like that in a long time! It’s great to be with people who you really identify with. I’m beginning to see why I’m okay with not wanting to live in Spain forever.
Anyway, all that to say: let’s link! Are you ready for some thought-provoking bits of information? Of course you are!
I really enjoy reading Janet Mendel’s blog. She writes about her kitchen and culinary adventures in southern Spain. Like me, she is a Midwesterner. She wrote about a traditional Spanish Christmas food I’d never heard of—the cardoon.
Cat wrote about her favorite Spanish Christmas traditions, which include Sevilla’s beautiful Christmas lights.
What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? I took the quiz on the New York Times’ website to find out how I talk. Turns out I’m a Midwesterner through and through. What about you?
Last week, my Facebook feed blew up with news about something some obscure reality star (okay, not so obscure in the U.S.!) said about homosexuals. While I found those remarks crass, I wasn’t surprised. However, I was surprised about how his remarks on the Jim Crow South went largely ignored.
What’s the most Spanish of foods? Many foreigners think of paella, while I think of tortilla de patata, but jamón could also be a contender. The New York Times had a feature on Florencio Sanchidrián, perhaps “the rock star of Spanish ham.”
Trolling Yuletide Carols. Have you ever wondered where the heck the word a’wassailing comes from? I definitely have. Check out this article to learn the origins of several odd words we sing every Christmas season.
These old photos of the Spanish civil war are fascinating.
And now in Spanish:
Las mejores series de 2013. I’ve seen Breaking Bad, which I couldn’t recommend more. It’s become my all-time favorite. I’ve also seeen Orange Is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and The Americans. Looks like I still have a few to check out!
This article, titled Paraíso navideño, ‘infierno urbano’ (Christmas Paradise, ‘urban hell’), reminds me why I avoid Madrid’s center during the holiday season. It might be beautiful, but ugh: just look at those crowds.