Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Week 2, OR, How I Compare a Truffle to a Kiss

Day 9
So obviously I didn't take this picture, but this was the airline I flew on from where I transferred in D.C. to Madrid. It was a LONG flight. And odd when you think that I was flying on an Irish airline into Madrid.

Day 10
This is my bed in Pilar's flat where I napped for 4 hours after my day and a half of travel.

Day 11
La Plaza de Cervantes! Alcalá de Henáres is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, and much of the city is dedicated to him, hence the main plaza's name.

Day 12
After classes, and prior to our tour of the old Univeristy of Alcalá, some of us decided to roam and wander, and what should we happen to run into? Cervantes' home of course! Por supesto!

Day 13
Churros y chocolate from the Chocolateria San Ginés. This is why I came to Spain. The chocolate is so thick that you could place a churro in the middle of the cup and have it stand without falling for a couple of seconds.

Day 14
Una trufa grande (a giant chocolate truffle) from a pasteleria in the Mercado de San Miguel. Although the churros y chocolate was phenomenal from the day before, this is the best thing I've eaten so far. Eating this truffle is like getting your second kiss, which tells you how good it is.

Day 15
This is the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, an enclosed marketplace right off the Plaza Mayor that houses many tiendas selling delicious food. This is only a small part of the market, but just from this picture you can tell how busy it is, and not just on a Saturday afternoon. It's nuts the entire time it's open. So far I've gone there 2 days in a row to get lunch and dessert, and I'm sure I'll be going back multiple times in the future.

1 comment:

Word Diva said...

Wow, that is some truffle. Just like a second kiss. Blow a kiss to Cervantes for me. If they have an Quixote statues take a picture for me. Love you, and praying for you.