Saturday, March 30, 2013


Mexican meatball soup aka "albondigas". I made some today with every veggie I could find at the store and I bought fresh ground meat from the corner butcher. My cilantro is almost gone but today I planted some coriander seeds in the pot-hopefully it grows.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Eva G. and I set off on a Good Friday adventure and we stumbled upon this procession. I got chills from watching it.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Oh yeah! It is a big deal: cilantro flavors soups and salsas in Mexican cooking. I found this little pot at a grocery store and it is sitting on my desk in the window getting some wonderful sunlight.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Public Transportation

I finally got around to buying a bus card and got a pocket size route and schedules pamphlet. If I can tackle the Chicago Transit Authority bus and train system this shouldn't be a problem.
I have to say though it has been nice being able to get some excercise by walking everywhere.

Semana Santa en Salamanca

Yesterday we had a presentation about the holy processions held throughout the city. The procession we were going to see was cancelled due to rain. Hopefully I get to see one this week.

Friday, March 22, 2013


We took a mini flamenco lesson today followed by a presentation. It was wonderful.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Pleasant Walk

The weather today was just right for a stroll after class. Normally I would head straight home to warm up. I took a different route and here are a few snapshots of the view.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Paella and Tortilla Espanola

Today we had a cooking class and teamed up to make paella vegetarian and seafood with pork. I had a great time!!! The food was delicious.
browning the onions

The lovely Nora sampling some potato

shrimp and clams

Eva is in control of the pan! Steady, girl!


Isn't it a beaute!

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Today I went with another group to the city of Toledo. It rained a little bit but I enjoyed the entire tour and the free time.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Three Hour Tour

I went out for a walk to see the city. The weather was really nice today.

Time to Give Thanks

English class was cancelled yesterday so on my way back home I changed my route and saw a church. I asked a lady if there was a service soon and she confirmed there was a service at 12. I stayed for the whole mass. It had been a while since I had been to Catholic service and I truly enjoyed it and felt comfortable and relaxed at the end.

Monday, March 11, 2013


We enjoyed the day trip on Friday to El Escorial and Avila. The guide, Miguel, explained in great detail the history of the Palace at El Escorial. We later went to the small town of Avila to walk the wall which was very nice.

The street that leads to the estate looks like marble!

This is as far as this chickadelia could climb!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Steffie and I enjoyed a lunch together today. My breaded chicken combo was very delicious. We also found a yarn store today!