Madrid Mondays: Christmas in Madrid

I have to be honest in prefacing this post; I haven’t been feeling the Christmas spirit too much this year. Maybe it’s because it’s my first time away from home during the holidays (gotta admit, Thanksgiving was kinda sad, though we did have a successful turkey dinner to make up for it), or maybe it’s…

Madrid Mondays: Relaxing in Retiro

So I posted a little while back about wanting to write more about Madrid. I had in my mind ‘Madrid Mondays’ to write about Madrid every week! Although I have a decent amount of free time, last month I was writing every day for National Novel Writing Month, and although I managed to complete the…

Getting to Know You: Madrid

Getting to know youuuuu, getting to know all about youuuu – I feel like Julie Andrews in the King and I, except I’m talking about a city, not the King of Siam. When I first got to Spain nearly two months (!!!!) ago, I was so excited to be in Spain that every weekend I…

Cervantes Festival in Alcalá de Henares

Spaniards take their festivals very seriously; after all, why pass up an opportunity to celebrate with good food, drink, and music! So, as a lover of all things medieval, when I discovered that there was a medieval festival taking place in a medieval town 45 minutes outside Madrid, I knew I had to go. Enter Semana Cervantina, or…