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thanksgiving in madrid

Here are some photo highlights of my Thanksgiving celebration in Madrid…

The turkey. Finding a turkey in Madrid isn’t sooo hard… it’s just finding one that isn’t 18kg (just under 40 lbs) or another way-to-big size that can be an issue. This turkey was big, but not toooo big!

Our food. Biscuit, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn bread/caserole, green bean caserole, and turkey!

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georgia on my mind, pecans, peaches, pine trees… more georgia clichés

The long-awaited “I’m back in the states” post… dun dun dun!

So I’ve been visiting the motherland for the past month, and I must say that I am enjoying it! I’ve missed my family and speaking English in my natural habitat! I’ve been driving all over the place, eating tons of foods that I crave while in Spain (photo examples to follow), and just relaxing WITH A/C! What a life! I’ve been spending tons of time in my old university town because this trip has made me realize that I don’t really know anyone near my parents’ houses… sad thought! Everyone is moving away, still studying, or just M.I.A.! I still know quite a few people in Athens, GA (where I studied), so I can’t stay away!

And now the anticipated food section. What foods did I miss the most? Check them out!

Steak… that looks just like this! Not “al punto,” not “vuelta y vuelta,” but in the middle! I fight  a lot about meat temperatures in Madrid, but I can never get it just right! Medium-rare just doesn’t exist there.

Big Zak Snack… mmmm… this is no ordinary chicken, people! It’s delicious. The fry seasoning is really what does it for me… I used to ask for little containers of it and I put it on EVERYTHING for a few months. It was totally worth it.

Southern sweet tea (Although I do a half-and-half mixture of sweet and unsweet tea)!! If you haven’t had it, you are missing out! I could make it in Madrid, but it’s just not the same! I am bringing Lipton tea bags with me when I return… we’ll see how it ends up!

Last but not least, Chick Fil-A waffle fries. Need I say more? They are perfect. And awesome. Perfectly awesome. 🙂

And those, my friends, are the main things that I HAD to eat/drink when I came home. Did I make anyone hungry? What would you miss if you lived abroad?

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grocery store adventure of the day

This charming little guy is called a “Rape” (Monkfish in English). Isn’t he precious? His best friends are “Calamares” and “Pulpo” (Squid and Octopus). They are such a cute bunch…

Grocery shopping is always a fun experience here in Madrid!

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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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comfort food weekend

This weekend was very “American” food oriented, and it was great! Jackie and I went to an American store in town and we bought baking soda and powder (since they are hard to come by) for making different things, some pancake syrup, bisquick, Mexican salsa, POPTARTS!!, and a few other items that we’ve been missing.

Jackie spent the night on Saturday and I made pancakes in the morning. They were just like the ones I make at home! It was nice, and it made me feel like I was at home.

The next step is to make some biscuits! Before I do that, I want to find an oven thermometer. The oven I have in the apartment is so old that it either never had the degrees on the knob, or they have been worn off. Who knows? Baking is precise though, so I don’t want to just hope for the best and crank up the dial. More to come on the baking front, I’m sure!

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leaving toledo and moving on

This morning we left Toledo, but we stopped for photos just before leaving for Talavera de la Reina.

Talavera was disappointing because we didn’t really see a lot of talavera around or even many ceramics shops that weren’t for sale/rent. We asked a guy at lunch about the missing talavera and he said that because of “la crisis” many people couldn’t stay in business and they were closing their shops. The ones that were open for business were closed for “siesta” (2-5PM) so we didn’t really see anything by the time we got into town and ate.  We DID see a few things though…

This was the back of a bench in the middle of a plaza. I really like the blue on white.

After Talavera we headed for Segovia. Segovia is so beautiful! There are Roman aqueducts still standing in the city and they are really breath-taking.

Also while we were in Segovia, Dad and I decided to indulge in one of the city’s famous dishes -cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig). It was kinda scary looking, but really good! I would recommend it to people that won’t get creeped out by a foot on their plate 😉

Tomorrow we head back to Madrid and I’ll move my stuff into my apartment soon! I’m going to stay with my dad at least tomorrow night, but I haven’t decided what to do afterward. We are going to explore my new neighborhood together Wednesday or Thursday, so that should be pretty cool!

Until next post…

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