Hello! I figured I’d write a short little update now because I’ve got some big trips coming up and I’m sure I’ll want to write long-winded posts about them, so here goes!
Fun fact: Spain schools go harder for Thanksgiving than schools in the United States. I guess in general, Spain schools just love celebrating holidays.
Last week was Thanksgiving, so of course we had to celebrate! In third grade, we spent all week making pilgrims and the Mayflower and such. In fourth grade, I got to lead a thankfulness activity and a silly Thanksgiving Would You Rather game. It was a lot of fun!Another way I celebrated Thanksgiving? By getting together with Minorka, Caro, and Sam to eat pizza and apple pie and pumpkin bread. It was no turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, or pumpkin pie, but hey, it was delicious food with great company. We made the best with what we had!
We also indulged in a little Black Friday shopping (on Saturday) and ate some delicious tacos for 1 euro each at a little place called Takos. Amazing. But funny story about this day: we are walking through the streets of Madrid in the pouring rain with our paper shopping bags when one of my bags completely separates from the handles and spews the contents all over the ground. Laughing, I pick everything up and carry the bag by the bottom when my other bag begins ripping. Caro has to shove some of my stuff into her bag, and Minorka tries to prevent anything from happening to her bags by holding them from the bottom. But lo and behold, her bag splits too, and basically at one point all of our stuff is all over the ground and we are trying to gather it up and we are soaking wet and can’t help but laugh despite how frustrated, wet, and cold we are. I tell you, it was quite hilarious.
Corn: Since I hail from the Midwest, I feel like I am sort of an expert on corn on the cob. I’m pretty convinced I’ve tasted the best sweet corn in the world. Hello, we have a Sweet Corn Festival in Normal… But Selena set out to prove me wrong. She took us to this street stand where they roast corn on the cob and slather it with this red sauce called mojo picón. Oh. My. Goodness. That sauce on that corn was amazing. I will definitely be going back.
Dinner with a Friend: The other day, a girl I met while traveling in Porto named Hind told me she would be in Madrid and asked to meet up. She’s from Morocco and is studying in Portugal; how cool?! We went to this amazing Thai restaurant and spent some time talking. She is such a cool person and I’m really glad we got to spend some time together!
Going Home: According to my countdown app: 22 days and 11 hours until I board my flight to come home for Christmas. My excitement is more intense than that house in Normal that overdecorates for Christmas with weird Santa statues.