My 2011 Christmas

This year, Christmas was special in different ways. 1) I spent Christmas without my family for the first time in my entire life; and 2) I spent it in Spain! Something I’ve been trying to experience for a long time. But, there was a little problem. One of our friends was on her way from Toledo and the plan was for all of us to get together after dinner and go out to the club. I was a little tired after dinner (too much walking wears me out) and decided that I needed to take a “power nap” while we waited. Well, I passed out and didn’t get up until the morning. I had told them to wake me up, but they didn’t. I guess that was nice.

It’s a shame I missed out on the Christmas’ Eve nightlife in Madrid, but I’ll be awake for New Year’s. I better be.

As for dinner, it was something new for a Noche Buena. I share the same tradition as Spaniards and, on Christmas Eve, we have a feast. My mom usually goes all out and makes a lot of tasty dishes. All the moms in my Latino family spend the whole day cooking (they enjoy it…somewhat), listening to some Musica de Navidad, sipping on some eggnog or wine, while the children bother the crap out of everybody and the young adults run errands, help out and go around for last-minute shopping. The preparation is part of the fun. God, I missed that chaos…

This Christmas, my boyfriend, brother and I were lucky to find a Thai restaurant open (we love Thai food). Spanish restaurants are shut down on this night. Luckily, our dinner was delicious and we had some good champagne and good laughs.

Christmas 2011 will be an unforgettable one for sure. There’s no place like home for the holidays, but I think we’re making the best of it.



A Night in Segovia

What a pretty town. Short train ride from Chamartín, Madrid (about 30 minutes), we made it before sunset and spent the day and night there.

I’m not sure what I focused my sight on when I visited Segovia back in 2003. Once back this past weekend, I realized that the view of its countryside is beautiful. It reminds me of Tuscany. Perhaps its resemblance to some parts of Italy has something to do with the fact that Segovia was once conquered by the Romans? Possible. It is a very romantic little city, too.

Segovia's Aqueduct

El acueducto (The aqueduct) was built under the Roman power and it is the city major’s attraction. I think it’s pretty incredible how they built it; however, I would say the Cathedral is where the beauty is.

Cathedral of Segovia

I have never been inside, but the outside is breathtaking. The history behind these ancient cities is just fascinating. I’m all around captivated by it!

Chris had the chance to try the famous Cochinillo (suckling pig), a typical dish of Segovia —which by the way was delicious.

This is more or less what it looks like (this one looks a little beat up).

Português: Leitão de Segóvia, um prato espanho...

Some people have the full baby pig and they bring the whole thing to the table (all cooked, of course) and it just looks very interesting. It does taste good, I must say. I wonder if PETA is aware of this practice… Oh well, a girl’s got to eat!

We enjoyed our short time in Segovia. It is a very small city, but it has good shops, restaurants and bars, etc. We were even thinking about possibly spending Christmas there…we’ll see. That cochinillo is tempting.

(Ok, I should leave this blog now before I pass out on this chair. Super tired.)

On that note, ¡Feliz Navidad!