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Madrid Snapshots

One of my favorite spots in Madrid,  along the beautifully manicured riverside park, the Matadero is a set of old slaughter-house buildings given new life. The Matadero is home to cultural events, food truck markets, and a daily slew of locals passing by to have a drink at the Cantina or simply hangout around the grounds. It’s a gorgeous space in the middle of a bustling, cosmopolitan city that makes you feel like you’ve escaped – even just for a minute. I feel connected to nature, to a smaller Spanish culture, and the simply beauty of the moment especially when the sun just starts to go down and highlights those gorgeous buildings just right. Advertisements

10 Facts about Acadia National Park

Over the past month I ventured back to my roots and spent some quality time in Maine with my family and friends who still remain in the area. I was lucky to be able to take a three-hour drive north to Acadia National Park where I camped two nights and hiked three days with my parents. Over that time I realized that, while the outdoors and beautiful views are always something to marvel at, sleeping in those woods (filled with Black Bears) aren’t exactly my idea of fun. However, despite my fears of being eaten by a bear or wild dog, I was overwhelmed by the beauty that nature has created (+ we’ve tried to preserve while still hosting thousands of visitors a year). I’ve decided to make a list of the top 10 most interesting facts I found on Acadia online (thanks google!) . . . 1) Cadillac Mountain, located within the park, is not only the highest mountain along the Atlantic Coast but also one of the first places to see the sunrise in …

PEOPLE | To Be Basque Tours

“The process is three steps,” Igor said as we stood around a fake caserio – or farm house in Spanish – and looked at the different tools they used to make Idiazabal cheese. After explaining the entire process step by step – from the milking of the sheep to churning to the storage process, we moved on to visit various expositions showing the history of the town of Idiazabal to the Basque region. As we ended the tour, we sat around a small table towards the entrance of the museum and Igor disappeared into the back. We chatted about the smells and the entire process of cheese making as we waited for our final treat. Igor returned with plates of cheeses, various wines, and cider. It was a picoteo or appetizer just before our lunch in the next town over. And with that, our tour was complete. Our next stop with To Be Basque tours was to Zerain to have lunch in what used to be a prison that dates back to 1711. The quiet …

Fotos de Cádiz

During Semana Santa (or Easter Week) I went down to the city of Cádiz for a little get-a-way with my boyfriend looking for some sand, sun, and culture. Instead of writing about it (since I already wrote the 48 Hours In Cádiz) I’ll just give ya’ll the photos instead . . .

| Pintxo Challenge, Act 1 Scene 1|

It’s already been 5 days into my challenge and I’ve stuck to it (like I’d give up the chance to eat pintxos in the name of writing, really?) I’ve strolled around my new barrio — the old part — and popped into one new bar a day experiencing what this small city offers. I’ve decided I’m going to update my challenge every 5 days as not to bore everyone with a post a day (plus, I’d probably forget) . . . At the end of my challenge I’ll write one conclusive article with tips and photos of my overall experience — so keep tuned! As for the first go . . . here it is. Eat it up! Day 1: Casa Tiburcio | Calle Fermin Cabelton — Fried Muscle (fried seafood, spicy, & hot!) A fairly typical bar to stroll into for the Old Part. Options on the bar, but the menu is where the gold is! Take a peek and be pleasantly surprised. Day 2: Zeruko | Calle Pescaderia — Squid Mango Foie  A new take on the …