Back in the saddle – an update

September 21, 2010

Well, after some crazy and stressful flight-missing and rescheduling in Chicago, F and I have finally returned safe and sound to our dear (and 60-degree!) Emerald City. I will post about the remaining days of our Catacurian adventure this week, and probably will post some photos after that of our travels throughout Spain. We had a fabulous and super-fulfilling time overall, and look forward to returning soon–especially to our new favorite city, Barcelona.

While you wait on the edge of your seat for the remaining scoop on Catacurian, I invite you to enjoy three of our favorite Spanish travel lessons:

1. Regional vocabulary differences can have interesting results. Case in point: The famous dish callos madrileños. Callos, in many parts of Latin America, can mean “scallops.” We learned that, in Madrid, callos actually means “tripe.”

Callos madrileños - definitely not "scallops."

2. It is NEVER safe to assume that an attractive young woman who appears to be a sweet, innocent, and clean college student does not have absolutely horrific body odor. This rule is of double importance if said young woman is to sit next to you on an airplane.

3. Shit happens. Dog shit, to be exact. We found we needed to have one eye on the sidewalk ahead at all times, no matter how interesting the architecture and windows above.

Watch your step!

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