Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cadiz #1

Cadiz is a Spanish province (kinda like our states), and it's also a small city on the coast of Spain, south of Sevilla.  Check out the map below.  The orange part is Andalucia, the region where Sevilla and Cadiz are both located.  Cadiz (the province) is the red part at the very bottom.

It's beautiful. When we first arrived, I thought it was very similar to Sevilla. At first glance, it was...but then I looked harder. It's less traditional, more hip (check out this amazing store I found), and infused with the relaxing vibe you find in most coastal cities.  I think I mentioned in an earlier post that we got to surf, thanks to the folks at Solo Surf, so that was definitely a highlight of our visit. But, I really enjoyed seeing the city on foot, checking out the castle, eating the best, cheapest olives I've ever had in my life, and people watching at the flower market. So far, if I had to pick one city to live in (out of those we've visited on this trip) Cadiz would be it.

On a funnier note about Cadiz, we went to a soccer match of Betis (Sevilla's team) vs Cadiz. The Betis Ultra Supporters had a hilarious chant, "Puta Cadiz, O ey!" Which bascially just means, Bitch Cadiz! They had drums and kept chanting it at Cadiz. It was hilarious! They also had another insulting chant which basically said Cadiz is a suburb of Jerez, which is apparently very insulting. Or at least our Spanish friend Jaime explained it to us that way. Totally entertaining.  Betis beat Cadiz in the LAST SECOND of the game, 1-0. Captial :)

(photos from the match coming soon...)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've gotta tell you, it's weird to be traveling during Thanksgiving. Being the lover of family and food that I am, it's strange to think I won't be seated at big table with the people I love, eating, drinking and being generally merry.  Now, I will be seated at a small table with the person I love the most, so that is still something pretty special :)  We'll have chicken instead of turkey, sweet potato biscuits, and maybe something Spanish in honor of our current home.

Since Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and food, I thought I'd share a little bit of both here. I'm so grateful to be able to make a long-time dream come true, and that I have someone to share it with.  I'm also grateful that we have the support of our family and friends - amazingly, not one person poo-pooed us and said it was a bad idea.  I'm thankful for all the welcoming people we've met along the way, and for so many other things...COBRA, my health, my parents for teaching me to save money so I could spend it all in Europe ;)  

I'm also so thankful for food. I love to eat and it's been so fun exploring a new culture through the cuisine.  Here are some of the MANY snapshots I've taken on the trip. Although they're not all *technically* great images I want to share them anyway. Why circles you ask? Tapas are mostly served on circular dishes. I thought the shape would bring you one step closer to being here. 

Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!