Wednesday, September 15, 2010

things i learned: world edition

I think i'm FINALLY over being jet-lagged. After two mornings of taking up at 5:00am, I slept until around 7:15am. Awesome. I really want to update you all about my trip, but I've been struggling to find a way to do so that will entertain you instead of lulling you into a coma by shoving 490893 pictures of the Sagrada Familia in your faces. So, I've decided that I'd share with you a few things that I learned during my jaunt around Espana:

1. The Spanish are really smart - NAPPING is actually a part of their culture. And if you don't want to siesta with the rest of them, well then you better be prepared to starve. Because most restaurants are closed. Stores too!

2. They are big on the pig. Every restaurant has at least ten ham legs a-hangin'. My choice are the airport food court? Ham and cheese, chorizo, or iberico. At breakfast on our first day I had to consult my travel book to try to figure out WHAT kind of ham-part we'd ordered. In case you were wondering? It was pork loin. I don't know what I would have done had it been something gross, like the tongue. Can you even eat a pig's tongue? Anyway.. I digress

3. My Spanish (still) sucks. I tried to not be that American. You know what I'm talking about - the one who ONLY speaks English and doesn't even make an attempt to speak the native language. This resulted in my ordering a picante, instead of a pequeño, ice cream cone. For those of you who don't speak Spanish, I ordered a SPICY cone instead of a small one. Lori said that look on the woman's face was priceless. I wish I'd seen it, but I was too busy being all confident in my Spanish-speakin' skillz. My non-existent ones, you mean. Fail.

4. If given the opportunity I will average 1.5 ice cream cones and 4 cafe con leches a day. I then realized that I will compensate for this by wearing skirts with elastic waistbands and leggings and pretending that my metabolism is awesome.

5. I will take an obscene amount of photos and attempt (and sometimes fail) to be artsy and deep with my angles and shots. And then I'll come here and show you the highlights! I'll try to pick only my favorites so as to keep your attention.. here you go!

Madrid:

Toledo:

Segovia:
 

Seville:

Granada:

Barcelona:
 

6 comments:

Dori said...

"For those of you who don't speak Spanish, I ordered a SPICY cone instead of a small one."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Betsy said...

Ah, Spain, my first love. Love the pic of the churros.

j. said...

dori - that was basically the response from both my friend and the ice cream scooper!

betsy - they were SO good but i felt ill and then was hungry again after about 2 hours haha

Mel said...

<3 <3 <3 Granada and Barcelonaaaa!

Let's go to Sitges next year!

Monica said...

oh man, those pictures are awesome! and you looked fucking adorable! i'm still super jealous.

i LOVE that spanish people make napping a part of their culture...it's one of my favorite things about them, haha

and hooray for ordering a spicy ice cream cone :] that is why i love you!

j. said...

monica - i'm not exactly a talented photographer but damnit, i tried to take good pictures ha! and thank you, most days i felt like a sweaty, exhausted mess.

i love that they nap, that's what we're missing in this country.

and really, when you think about it, aren't i very much like a spicy ice cream cone? :)