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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The things I miss from the U.S./Las Cosas que extrano de EEUU

Besides my friends and family.......and not necessarily in this order. And I haven't been paid by any of these companies....

Ademas de mi familia y mis amigos.....y no necesariamente en esta orden. Y no me han pagado estas companias....
Subway Veggie Patty Sandwiches/Sandwiches de Subway con carne de verduras

Chai Tea Latte WITH foam/Chai Tea con leche CON espuma

source-Ust, Washington, DC, United States

source-My car/Mi coche

Snowy Winters/Los inviernos con nieve
And more......But I just have a little bit of homesickness right now...

Y mas......pero ahora, extrano un poco de EEUU...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Inspiration Mondays: Prayer

Prayer, to me, is a way to gather my positive thoughts and work to get rid of the negative ones. It is way of self-actualization and rejuvenation of my life energy. I don't believe that you have to be apart of any one religion to be able to pray. Anyone can do it, that's the beauty of it! But I think it is important that the person praying truly believe in the notion and power of change. Because if you don't believe, it won't work, and you won't be able to reap the many benefits that await you. Be Prosperous!




Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!!

The Friday after Thanksgiving day some of my American colleagues and I celebrated here in Spain. We had turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, MY sweet potatoes, and lots more. I had a typical veggie plate with four different types of potatoes, lol! My favorite part was discovering Sidra, a slightly alcoholic champagne, apple cider drink, tasty!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mi dia de accion de gracias; Los Nativos, Los Peregrinos, Macy's Day Parade, and Viernes Negro(Black Friday)/My Thanksgiving Day

My day started out lovely! I went to class and did my presentation on Thanksgiving, making sure to let it be known that the Pilgrims (from England and Spain) killed many Native Americans after the Native Americans taught them how to fish and grow different types of food....then, I lightened up the mood by telling them that many people volunteer to feed the less fortunate, go to the Macy's Day Parade, and of course, shop on Black Friday!

It's after 1am and I am sitting in my kitchen waiting for my sweet potatoes (Spanish: Boniatos or Batatas) to finish cooking. I couldn't find pie crusts earlier (had to explain what I was looking for in my best broken Spanish) so I gave up and am now making regular sweet potatoes. Here is a lovely before picture! Tomorrow or in a few days I will posts pics of the finished product and of our (my American colleagues and I) Thanksgiving dinner!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday Night: A Monologue, One Man Show, Music, and Queimada

Last night I went to a bar, La Agramola, that showcased a few live performances. We saw a one man show (I only understood the context because it was in Galician-the local dialect here in Galicia), a monologue (from an Angolan actor about his new life here as a black man; immigrant, in Spain), and during the breaks a local band performed traditional Galician music.

And, as if the performances weren't enough, the actor from the one man show made us Queimada (a homemade liquor, Aguardiente; similar to "moonshine", poured into a huge bowl, set on fire, then everyone pours themselves a cup while saying what they want to burn. Ex; bad spirits). Watch me pour mine at 2:04:00!

Inspiration Mondays: Sometimes I feel like this....

Angel Clouthier |DJ

"I don’t want to be tied down if a better opportunity arises. I want to be able to pick up and go with two suitcases and be like, 'okay I’m gone.'" Angel Clouthier

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelette)

I'm so proud of myself!!! Not by any means do I consider myself a chef or a cook, but I do like to eat so I do my best to prepare edible dishes for myself and my occasional taste-testers, lol! So this evening I embarked upon my first journey to create traditional Spanish dishes. First up: Tortilla Española

This dish is pretty simple with very few ingredients: potatoes, eggs, onions, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Of course like an American omelette you can add other items if you wish. For my first time I decided to keep it simple and I stuck with the traditional main ingredients.

Here is the RECIPE and below are pics of my tortilla! Next time I'll try it with cheese, other veggies, and the Sofrito(salsa) suggested as a add-on at the bottom of the recipe page.

Before the FLIP...

After the FLIP...

Dinner Time!!!

Plaza de Abastos: Open Air Market

I ran this morning-yaaaaay! And I had every intention on purchasing a whole fish(cleaned and de-headed, lol) to cook this evening.....BUT, then I went down the fish aisle and the experience almost turned me into a VEGAN......If you are the squeamish type, don't scroll down...


WTF??!! Skinned lizard anyone??

These were still moving....

I actually like this. It's pulpo-a Galician specialty!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spanish Siestas Under Scrutiny?!

SIESTAis a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries, particularly those where the weather is warm.(Definition from wikipedia)

This article from Yahoo! News examines the effectiveness of the traditional 2 hour lunch time enjoyed by Spaniards. This tradition was meant to be a celebration, break in the day, an opportunity to eat with and fellowship with friends and family. But in the wake of the countries crisis, economists are questioning the popular pastime and it's effect on productivity. The article also compares the Spanish long working day(can end at 8 or 9 at night) to the American 9 to 5 schedule. 

In my opinion, I don't believe that either schedule is perfect. To be effective I believe that employees need flexible schedules in which to complete tasks because everyone works differently. If the work is done on time and meetings are scheduled accordingly then an employee should be able to come and go as they please; being able to choose a 2 hour lunch or a 3 day weekend. This method has been proven to be effective by more "liberal" corporations choosing to change workplace dynamic and improve their employees way of life, while continuing to run successful businesses. 

In conclusion-TAKE A NAP! 
LOVE THIS PIC!!!-taken from wikipedia: Siesta page

Monday, November 14, 2011

Inspiration Monday


Personally, I like to daydream or think aloud or make a plan(several) and EXECUTE! And yes, most of the time I do so all in the name of WORKing LESS! Have a Prosperous Day!

Open Mic Sundays at Hervor y Fervor

My Sunday nights will never be the same. My friend and I were invited to Hervor y Fervor tonight for their weekly open mic. The best part of the night, for me, was the complimentary slice of cake I received with my CHAI TEA!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed my Chai, even though it came sans froth.

The performers were interesting and the crowd and conversation was even more interesting....I think this spot will be my new way to wind down the weekend before starting my week. Can't wait until next Sunday :)

Embora Bar Saturday Flea Market!!!!!!

What a great reason to get out of the apartment and enjoy the 60 degree weather we had Saturday!
 Embora Bar hosted a one day flea market and it reminded me of the flea market/thrift/vintage shopping I've done in the States. There aren't a bunch of second hand(as they call them here) stores here in Santiago or in Spain as a whole.

And I'm so proud of myself for not buying anything! I wish I would have bought the blender for 3 euros though-I'm itching to make soup!

Enjoy the pictures, just wanted to share!

Good for the rain! Really wanted these but the seller didn't know how to haggle...

HILARIOUS!!!!! I almost bought this-Get on the Bus renamed Million Man March, lol!!

Leather Converse-NICE!