Monthly Archives: November 2010

thanksgiving in madrid

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A lot of people have asked me what Thanksgiving in Madrid is like. To prove that US culture is really everywhere, I am pleased to announce that it WAS possible to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner…. but where? At an Irish pub.

I know you are probably laughing at this fact, or looking at your screen in disbelief. It’s true! I went to an Irish pub where they served pumpkin soup (more like a cream of pumpkin), turkey with cranberry sauce, bread pudding, and pecan pie! I was surprised to see quite a few other places advertising Thankgiving dinners, and not just American restaurants. I didn’t eat the typical dinner because I ate lunch around 5:45 that day, but it was nice to see other American friends enjoying the experience! I was just along for the ride.

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I lost my voice!! I sound horrible, and I’m not really sure what happened. I felt fine other than my voice for the first day, but last night and today I started to have a little cough. I hope I’m not getting really sick! The kids thought it was really strange that I had no voice. They all asked me “¿por qué estás afónica (why did you lose your voice)?” Poor kids… I had to squeak all day!


private lesson and T.G.I. Friday’s… on Friday

On Friday I started giving private lessons to a 5 year-old and a 7 year-old (siblings) near my apartment. The kids were really sweet! I did 30 min with the girl, 30 min with the boy, and then 30 min with them together. Separated, they were really attentive, but together was pretty difficult. Once I figured out a way to get them to pay attention it wasn’t so bad! When I left, they asked me “¿Vas a regresar otro día (Are you coming back another day)?” When I told them yes, the little girl goes “¿Mañana (tomorrow)?” She was disappointed when I told her that it’d be the next Friday. It was so cute!!

After the lesson, I headed over near the Real Madrid stadium to meet up with the guy that got me the job to tell him how the class went. Funny story really! I met him on Thursday night at an event and he told me that he needed someone to teach a class. I got his business card and checked out the website the next morning. By that afternoon I had a job! Networking is a good thing, guys! Teaching private English lessons here is really profitable if you do it right. I’m thinking about picking up one more class to get a little more extra money.

After my little “meeting,” Jackie and I went to T.G.I. Friday’s… and wow, it was funny. We saw a guy that looked like a Jedi Knight (braided rat tail and all), a man wearing a sequined beret, and some dude wearing a fez. I ate REAL buffalo wings, too! It was an entertaining experience to say the least.

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love affair

Jackie and I were talking today and we decided that we both have a serious love affair… with cooking American food here in Spain. I don’t know what it is, but I don’t feel so different when I can make something so typically “homey” here. Finding certain ingredients and mastering the use of ancient cooking equipment (without lighting ourselves on fire) is truly a game for us now. The moment we find some elusive ingredient (aka REAL pancake syrup) we have a mini celebration and we cook! I started this monster, and it grows every week! It started with pancakes, but it’s snowballing into more complicated fare. For instance, Jackie made chicken-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy today, and I’m planning my next big “American” meal as we speak (TBD).

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Good thing we are doing plenty of extra walking…


final halloween post

Jackie and I went out last night for Halloween. We were a bit disappointed… there weren’t so many people dressed up where we were. People kept staring at us the whole night, and it was both uncomfortable and entertaining.

People seriously looked at us and their mouths would drop open or they’d make a face… it was weird, yet funny. My roommate said that I should have gone to typical “American” places, because they all had parties etc going on. Jackie and I just picked an area with a lot of people… you live, you learn! Haha