Monday, May 20, 2013

March Madness


“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

March was busy, busy, busy for me! First, we had a house warming party to finally show off our apartment to our friends...it only took 1 year! We invited friends over for a typical American style potluck and enjoyed the night with good food, good wine, and great friends!

Jorge also played in the Don Alonso Orchestra concert on Saint Patricks Day. He has played with this orchestra before and it helps that the auditorium/concert hall is next to our house!

And of course we celebrated Easter! And what would be Easter without Easter baskets, eggs, and and Easter Egg hunt. Now, for those of you that don’t know, the Easter Bunny doesn’t exist here in Spain. They don’t decorate eggs, have baskets, or have the Easter Bunny. In some parts of Spain, they have chocolate eggs and sweets, often the godparents give the chocolate eggs to their godchildren. Anyways, we had an official Easter Egg Hunt here in my house. Jorge got to experience for the first time a true Easter! I hid the eggs around the house and where did he find his Easter basket???.... In the washing machine of course!

It was also Holy Week here in Spain. Various groups walk through the streets of the city playing music and carrying wooden structures depicting the life of Jesus. It is a very different experience to anything that we have in the US and is worth seeing!

House Warming Party 








Green Bay Packers

Wisconsin

Basket inside the washing machine




Holy Week 






Wednesday, May 1, 2013

London


“Wanderlust: A very strong and irresistible impulse or desire to travel the world.”

In February, we decided to spend Carnival weekend (a long weekend where we don’t have to work) in England, visiting Jorge’s sister and my friend Rachel. We spent 5 days in London visiting with them and seeing the sights. It was cold, rained, and snowed but it was nice to go back to London and see everything for a second time.








Shot 1: Happy Couple

Shot 2: FRIENDS :)

Shot 3: Siblings :)






Scared of the DINO






Got to see the musical WICKED!




Recap


“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased” ~Katherine Hepburn

Since I am SO behind in blogging, here is a quick recap from back in November, December, and January. I celebrated my 24th birthday, Jorge and I celebrated our one year anniversary, had Thanksgiving with American and Spanish friends here, decorated my apartment for Christmas, and the most important...went back to Wisconsin to celebrate the holidays with my family and got to finally meet in person my little niece! I came back to Spain in early January and we went to Ávila to visit the city on our back from Madrid. We also celebrated 3 Kings Day with Jorge’s family.

Celebrating my birthday :)


Thanksgiving empanada




Christmas at home :)

Holidays in Madison

Ávila








Celebrating Christmas back in Spain 

Three Kings Day with Jorge's family....Roscón de Reyes (cake/dessert)


You either find a toy or find a stone/bean (which means you have to pay for the cake....guess who found it!)