Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jamon y Queso Crepes

Since I'm back in Madrid and starting to interview for teaching jobs and getting settled I have been back to quick go to Spanish dinner.  Iberico ham and sliced Manchego in a crepe its easy takes five minutes to make and is always delicious.

Store bought crepes, layer of cheese, Iberico
...another layer of cheese
And viola!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Anguilla Wrap-up

The last few weeks have been full of travel and temperature changes.  Freezing cold snow filled NJ for the holidays, then off to sunny warm 80 degree Anguilla, back to an even colder NJ when the temperature were in the teens, and off to sunny 50 degree Madrid.  Since the best weather of the few weeks was Anguilla here are some sunny pictures to start off another week.
One of the amazing pools at the Viceroy

Diving rock...I was too scared but my sister did it!
Our villa at the Viceroy

Anguilla sunset.

Monday, January 14, 2013


....From Sunny Anguilla. Here for a little vaca before heading back to Madrid

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Holidays According To My iPhone

The holidays were extra busy this year due to my TEFL course.  I spent Thanksgiving in Madrid one of my teachers made pumpkin pie (big deal in Spain since pumpkin is hard to come by) then one of my TEFL friends and I went to an American rib place for Thanksgiving dinner (no pictures of this because I had a horrible head cold and the pictures are awful) but here is a December wrap up which includes a lot of studying, wine, and family time...

.... the Christmas tree in Sol (x2), Studying at an outdoor cafe under heat lamps with some vino, study group at home with vino and snacks, my family's 3rd annual cookie exchange the solo cups are for voting purposes (back in NJ) and Christmas morning.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Two Books I Read While While Traveling....And LOVED

This is the first Emily Griffin book I've ever read and I loved it. Marian Caldwell is living her dream life in New York awesome job, relationship ect and she believes she has the perfect life until one night there is a knock on her door and her whole life changes. Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old who has the key to unearth something Marian buried a long time ago.  

I normally am not one to read suspense books but this book was amazing. Twist after twist it is a real page turner. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented house on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter, but is he a 

Next two reads.....

I'll let you know how they are...

Monday, January 7, 2013

Retiro Park

Some pretty pictures of a fun filled Saturday rowing in Retiro Park to start out the week.....

Guy playing a guitar on the pond...about 2 minutes later we crashed into them

Attempting to steer toward the statue (fail)

Taking in the views and a bit of Jo Malone 

Sunset in Retiro

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My first Madrid post....better late than never.

Graduating my TEFL Course
Between my month long intensive course to get certified to teach English and the holidays I have been seriously MIA.  But I have a lot to tell you friends, new places I've traveled and lots of new stories.  So don't you worry I am getting back into the groove of posting again.

My month long class was amazing there were eight of us in our group and it was an awesome group to say the least. During the four weeks it took for me to get my TEFL certificate I got to teach 6 classes.  Coming from a finance background this was an interesting experience but it was amazing.  All my classes were adults and they ranged from beginners to high intermediate business English.

The first class I taught was a intermediate business class.  I was teaching them about "small talk" what it was and topics that are acceptable for the work place.  I asked the students to give me topics they thought were acceptable and not acceptable and I would write them on the board.  The first unacceptable topic I was give was "aids" I thought it was odd for the first answer but it was a good answer so I wrote it on the board. All the students started hysterically laughing....she had said "age" but I misunderstood.  Opps.

Later this week I'll tell you about the "shitting" incident in class, share some pics and maybe some new years resolutions .