My Turbulent Flight Home & Our Aborted Landing

When our last full day together had finally arrived, my number one priority became spending every waking moment with Jorge and Jorge alone. We already did all of the sightseeing I possibly could have hoped for and traveling around with …

The Wondrous Taste of Tigernut Horchata and Fartons

One sweet and¬†delicious¬†drink¬†Jorge introduced me to¬†while in Spain was¬†horchata:¬†a beverage made up of either ground¬†tigernuts, almonds, sesame seeds, barley, or rice. Although the exact¬†etymology of its name is unknown, the¬†word horchata is derived from “orxata” which in Valencian is¬†related to …

Climbing 207 Steps To the Top of El Miguelete

The Torre del Miguelete is one of the most iconic monuments in all of Valencia.¬†El Miguelete stands directly beside the grand Valencia Cathedral right at the heart¬†of the city’s historic center. Its construction dates back to between¬†the 14th and 15th …

Can You Eat the Sidewalk Oranges Growing in Valencia?

The short answer is yes. But you probably won’t want to and here’s why. The Spanish orange industry is nothing short of sensational. The value of their annual exports routinely approaches a billion euros and orange production in Spain has quality, variety, and an expanding organic market …

Guess Whose Roscón Had the King Inside!!!

Discovering that the Three Kings¬†(also called the¬†Three Wise Men) are even more popular than Santa Clause in Spain was perhaps one of the most shocking things I learned during my visit. Seeing how differently the holiday is celebrated was really …

A Flamenco Dinner Date at Corral De La Moreria

Jorge’s parents recommended that he and I¬†attend a dinner show at Corral De La Moreria: a famous restaurant¬†and flamenco show seamlessly combined as one. We made a dinner reservation a few days in advance and showed up at our scheduled …

Our Guided Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid

One morning, Jorge and I¬†left our¬†adorable¬†Chueca neighborhood¬†to visit the¬†Royal Palace of Madrid. Upon our arrival, we were met with a shockingly long line of tourists waiting¬†to enter the Royal Palace. The line spanned from the area of entry to the …

Exploring the Gran Vía of Madrid

In Spain, the Gran V√≠a is a famous upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. Fortunately for me and Jorge, the ornate street was a short stroll away from our home in Chueca. Nowadays, the Gran V√≠a¬†is one of the …

Merry Christmas, I Missed My Flight!

To all those who celebrate, I hope you have had a very Merry Christmas and a happy holidays to all the rest. As I write this post, I am sitting beside Jorge at our cozy AirBnB safe in Madrid, Spain. …