April 10, 2012

Spain! Part two!

{The view from our hotel room after a long storm.}

Onto Madrid! 


Sadly, we only spent 2.5 days in Madrid but we were able to cram some great sights and food in our little visit. And...I was able to whip out my extremely rusty high school Spanish! Below, you'll find an exchange I had with a museum worker at the Museo de America, which chronicles the history of pre-Columbian America. I had to ask for a couple audio-guides since all of the information was in Spanish. 

Me: Hola! Um...uh...tienes audioguias in Ingles?

Museum Worker: Si. Una? Dos?

My Brain: I totally understood what she said! Go Spanish classes! 

Museum Worker: Senora?

Me: Oh! Um...dos! Gracias!

Thank you, thank you. I know you are awed by my fabulous Espanol. 

*Takes a bow* 

Onto some photos! 

We spent one day strolling around Retiro Park (so beautiful!) and then the Reina Sofia Museum where we saw Picasso's Guernica as well as a Mark Rothko painting that I dragged Justin to see. My poor Justin! He has seen more Mark Rothko paintings than he has ever wanted to see.... The perks of being married to me.

{Retiro Park! Love!}

{Spring flowers in Madrid}
{More views of Retiro Park}
{Reina Sofia}
{Justin reads about an exhibit. I prefer to be a part of it.}
{Stained glass at the San Jeronimo Cathedral}

Since Justin is a big Ernest Hemingway fan, we also spent an evening visiting Hemingway's old haunts. But first! Here is a picture of my new blouse from Zara! Yay! It's actually on sale in the U.S. too but I didn't know that, okay? It shall forever be my Spanish souvenir.

{Justin deemed this my Easter blouse since it is pink and yellow.}

So here we are at La Venencia, a little bar that Hemingway used to frequent during his travels through Spain. We grabbed a table toward the back and I made a new friend: the bar cat! He was super friendly and camped out on my lap while Justin looked on with mild disgust. (Justin hates cats. His one true flaw.) Still, he named the feline "Don Ernesto." Fitting, eh?

{Justin toasts Ernest Hemingway. I hang out with Don Ernesto.}

After we toasted Ernest and his feline counterpart, we headed to a restaurant called Botin, which is known for its suckling pig and for being the oldest continuously running restaurant in the world. Justin, devoted admirer of ham, ordered the suckling pig; and I, rabidly excited amateur photographer, had to take a picture of it. Justin was not very amused, hence the eyebrow quirk.

{"Are you really taking a picture of my food?" WHY YES, I AM.}

Well, I'm afraid I don't have too many more pictures from our Madrid adventures! It rained a lot during our trip---the rain in Spain does NOT fall mostly in the plain!---and some of the sites we visited didn't allow photography. *Cries* But I did take a picture of the DC area right before I landed at Dulles Airport. 

I flew on Aer Lingus, the national carrier of Ireland, which has meh food but fantastic TV/movie choices. I totally watched an episode of "Homeland" because I've been dying to watch it but...um...there were some sexy bits during the show. Now, I don't necessarily have a problem with sex scenes but...um...I get really self-conscious watching such scenes when I'm sitting next to complete strangers. 

Dear Man Sitting Next to Me: This is not porn! I promise! 

Ah, Spain!

I miss it already. And I miss Justin. *Sighs* Can't we go back for just one more week?


  1. Jealousy and envy is pouring out of my eyeball right now. I'm glad you got to do this with Justin. What a memorable trip. Can you please tell me where you got your bag? It has elephants on it, right?

  2. Hahaha. I love you, my Adri!

    And I totally thought of you when I bought that bag! It does indeed have elephants on it and I bought it at B.P at Nordstrom for around $25. I love it and it holds a ton of stuff!

  3. I love the picture of Justin with his plate of pork! I can almost hear his voice coming from the picture! It looks like you both had an amazing vacation. Your picture of the path in the garden is pro quality!

  4. Looks like ana amazing trip Caroline, I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. Stop over in the UK on the next trip :)

    Love the Easter blouse too.

  5. Madrid is so pretty during the spring! Glad you had a great time. :)

  6. 1. Beautiful pictures again! 2. Your blouse! It is beautiful and so cute, and on sale?! Must investigate this... 3. That is a cute kitty! 4. Are those elephants on your backpack?

    Looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Random, on the note of sexy bits while other people are around, my sister has this hilariously awkward story that speaks to exactly that kind of awkward misery. She was watching Game of Thrones S1 with her friend in her apartment, and her roommate was working at the table across from them. There was a overly gratuitous and long sexy bit, and my sister would've turned the sound down but there was also some Important Dialogue happening. As you can imagine, there were some weird looks from the roommate who could only hear the sounds, and my sister apologizing and saying, "I swear it's not porn!"

  7. Trip of a lifetime looks like! I'm so glad you have that snazzy camera and some amazing photography skills. Wow, really just breathtaking photos. I recall a photo you took of me in London and to this day it's one of my absolute favorites.