International Travel

Happy Thanksgiving/ Black Friday!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!  As you may have guessed, Spain does not celebrate the holiday.  That being said, I hope everyone ate lots and lots of food. I am missing the pumpkin pie right about now.  I really, really wish I could’ve teleported myself to Fort Atkinson for the day.  However, I did FaceTime and Skype with my family during the whole thing, so it was like I was there, right?  It was so nice to see my mom, dad, brother, cousins, aunts, uncles, my nephew… and my niece who is getting so big! I can’t believe it.

In other news, I had enough of the Madrid customs B.S. with my cellphone.  I would’ve had to send them documentation on the value of the phone so they could tax me the right amount.  It would’ve been over $100 just to claim my phone. So, last Friday I FINALLY decided to just buy a phone here. I now have a Spanish phone number. Yay! I probably should’ve done this weeks ago, but oh well.  I bought a BQ Aquarius (Spanish Android).  I’m still trying to get used to the Android life.  It’s been a while since I last had an Android.  But no complaints!  It’s exactly what I need.

Also this weekend, I saw Father John Misty at Razzmatazz with a couple friends who are also English teachers. I didn’t know what to expect going in to the show.  But I must say he’s a great performer!  His voice is spectacular and at times he sounded a bit country.  A voice a little similar to Josh Turner.  After the concert we met up with numerous other English teachers and we went to a club and danced our hearts out.  Sunday morning consisted of brunch at “Brunch & Cake”.  I HIGHLY recommend this cute, healthy brunch option.  As we arrived there was a huge line waiting outside to get in, but it was totally worth it.  I couldn’t decide what to get! BOTH the food menu and the drink menu looked superb!  My meal was delicious but I definitely want to go back and try something else on the menu.  After Brunch we went to a highly rated coffee shop in the Gothic Quarter, Black Remedy.  Black Remedy is known for their cold brew AND nitro cold brew.  Unfortunately, they ran out of nitro cold brew when we got there.  It was 2pm when we arrived, so that makes sense.  Regardless, the atmosphere of this place was so welcoming and so modern.  I loved it.  I ordered a ginger and apple green tea and had many great conversations with the fellow English teachers.  A weekend spent with other English teachers is a weekend well spent.  It’s crazy how much we can relate to one another, whether that be with our classes or our host families.

Yesterday marks 2 months of being in Spain.  I honestly can’t believe it’s been 2 months.  1/3 of my experience here is done.  I still don’t know Spanish at all, but I’ve found myself trying more and more.

Today I’m doing a day trip up to Montjuic with Nicole, the other American that lives in this town (though this is her final weekend here before heading back to the States). It’s supposed to have some of the best views of the city, so I will be sure to get some photos.  Then on Sunday, Nicole and I are going on a huge bus tour for a day trip to Girona, known for it’s medieval architecture and some scenes of the Game of Thrones have been filmed there. I will also be visiting the Salvador Dali museum which I am super excited about!

I have so much traveling in the upcoming weekends before I come back to the states for a quick visit.  This next month is going to FLY by.

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