Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Valencia- Las Fallas

Back in March my roommates and I went with Barcelona Trips to Valencia for the beginning of Las Fallas. It was a 24 hour trip so I didn't get to explore the ins-and-outs of the city but thankfully, I had a high school friend studying there so she took me around everywhere. First, we stopped in Tarragona and we all wanted to jump into the water. We saw some of the old Roman amphitheaters too.
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Right before I went to Valencia, I learned in class about Las Fallas. Mostly, they sculptures are carved out of wood and they are supposed to make fun of politicians and they are located all around the city. Many though looked like religious figures or cartoons from children's movies. After a weeklong of festivities, the Fallas (sculptures) are set on fire. Walking the streets in Valencia when I was there was absolutely crazy, even more so than in Sitges for carnival. I can't even imagine how insane it must have been on the last day.
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We noticed a line forming outside this shop for a "Corte Gigante." They were only 1 euro so we decided to try them. I got "tres-gustos" and it was soooo good.
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We also went to the famous Horchateria de Santa Catalina for some bunuelos because during Fallas they don't serve churros.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Queen B

I saw the Queen perform in Lisboa for her final show of the Mrs. Carter World Tour. It was amazing. I still can't believe I saw her perform. She played a lot off the visual album, which I was so happy about. Also, her performance of Partition was...flawless.
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Some guy representing.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Madrid & Guadalajara

A couple weeks ago I went to visit Elana in Madrid. I was excited to see her because I was so ready to be with a friend from back home. It was a cool experience because her host family was kind enough to let me stay with them for the few days I was there. It was cool to be in that sort of dynamic for a few days. It was so great to have Elana as my tour guide. I love going to other cities where other people can show me around, that way I can just follow and not stress about knowing where to eat and what to see. Our first stop, like actually as soon as I got off the train, was to San Gines for churros. They're open 24/7, what a genius idea.
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The next day we managed to hit most of the things off Elana's list. We went to Palacio Real (which I really wanted to see) and my favorite room was the dinning room. It was so grand and set up beautifully. I also couldn't get Royals out of my head.
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For lunch we had some tapas at Mercado San Miguel. I tried Octopus al Gallego there. It wasn't my favorite, but when abroad you must try it all.
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Elana was also nice enough to take me to Guadalajara. I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico and I wanted to see the "original" town. Well, my city is much grander and better than the one in Spain. It was very dead, quiet, and kind of abandoned. We went to a free museum though, where we learned that they were known for their honey. 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Brunch & Cake

I've been hearing from so many people on my program and other newly made friends about Brunch & Cake. It is this really lovely, totally hip brunch spot in L'exiample in Barcelona. I heard there is always a long wait but luckily we were seated right away. I ordered the infamous Eggs Benedict on a waffle. It was my first time trying Eggs Benedict, so I have nothing to compare it to but I can say it was absolutely delicious. The cafĂ© con leche was actually some of the best I've had so far and the zumo de naranja was so fresh. 
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