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.”
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Sorry, folks, I haven’t forgotten! More to come soon, I promise…All with Catacurian got better and better, and I spent the one night I was flying solo in Barcelona in the company of a lovely 70-something man who served as my gallant and oh-so-respectful tour guide. Love the architecture, love the faces of the people, don’t love quite so much the hot, humid weather, but first impressions are delightful so far. Fernando arrived yesterday and we went out with old friends whom we hadn’t seen in a long time, and today we’ll be doing some touristy things before heading out to a “casa del campo” where our friends will spend the weekend – so we’ll get to see a bunch of different things. I have not forsaken those of you who are anxious to hear more about our cooking adventures – stay tuned!! oxox

Some 80-year old grenache vines and grapes to tide you over till the next real post

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