Hi all! You may be wondering why it seems my blog has suddenly become so neglected. I haven’t really felt the blogging muse lately. In truth, my life is not all that different from yours, if you’re reading this from the USA. I was working, paying the bills, shopping at the grocery store (I mean, supermarket), hanging out with friends, and the like. June has been a good month all in all: I finished the school year with good memories, and the World Cup started, which has been keeping my attention even if Spain had an early and rather ugly exit.
But now I’m back at my parents’ home in Indiana, and I couldn’t be happier about it. And since I haven’t felt inspired lately, I thought I’d share some unshared photos from this past year.
An image of Zamora in tilesA weekend trip to Paris—a bit cloudy and cold, but beautiful nonetheless
Mario and me at the “primada“, where he and his cousins all get together for a meal
I made Thanksgiving dinner for my Spanish family!
Mario and I visited San Millán de la Cogolla and its monasteries, Suso and Yuso
If you go to Bloomington, Indiana, stop by Nick’s English Hut and get the Sink the Biz fries
Mom and me at Nick’s
Right before I left to retun to Spain, we got a biiiiit of snow
It gets snowy in Zamora too!
The high school I worked at, located in La Latina and a block from the Plaza Mayor
Zamora is gorgeous
A traditional cocido in Zamora starts off with sopa, the broth from the cocido with fideos (short, thin noodles)
Next comes the chickpeas, meat, and assorted vegetables, along with rellenos (made with bread crumbs and egg)
Mario got me some pretty flowers!
Spring came to Madrid
Mario and his friend from childhood, Rafa, are completely different but the best of friends
Mario and I have a merienda (snack) during one of the Holy Week processions
We tried out Madrid’s version of Chipotle: Tierra Burrito Bar. Verdict: delicious!
Mario’s first burrito
When we went to Munich, we got to try some tasty beers
Mario’s new album cover. Contemplative and cool.
Munich is famous for its weisswurst, white sausages eaten with sweet mustard
Germans love their white asparagus, and we visited Munich in the prime season
Mario’s epic kaiserschmarrn, a type of German shredded pancake
Mario getting ready for the final game of the Champion’s League. An all Madrid final.
Beers + potatoes: Standard “tapas”
We visited Zamora with some friends and drove out to see San Pedro de la Nave, a church built in Visigothic times
We also went to the Toro wine fair, where they had a contest for the most creative photo for their slogan, “Un tinto, un Toro”. We submitted this photo … and won 30 bottles of wine!
We had five tickets, but no one really asked for them here
Visiting Zamora’s castle
There’s an independence movement in Zamora too
Mario celebrating with his cousins after Real Madrid won the Champion’s League 2014
An amazing salad we had with burrata cheese, tomato marmelade, and fresh basil
Mario happy to be watching the Real Madrid basketball team. It was a nail-biter, but we pulled it out!
Hanging out with friends in Callao
Celebrating our anniversary early by having a wonderful dinner at Velázquez 128
Our 30 bottles of wine!