McGrimmley Invasion

Instead of talking about the things we did while my friends from home visited, I will explain the lessons they (and me as well) learned during this holiday.  So after our Harry Potter filled adventure in London, my friend Tom and my other friend Christine joined us in Sevilla to start our action packed 9 day adventure throughout Spain.

Lesson #1:

Spaniards like to eat.  A LOT.  ALL DAY LONG.

McGrimmley's first tapas.  Tapas todos los dias!

McGrimmley’s first tapas. Tapas todos los dias!

Mas tapas!

Mas tapas!

Paella marioscos!

Paella marioscos!

Gelltas de monjas! Nun cookies!  We bought these cookies from a cloister of nuns who don't show their faces to anyone outside the cloister.  SUPA GUAY!

Gelltas de monjas! Nun cookies! We bought these cookies from a cloister of nuns who don’t show their faces to anyone outside the cloister. SUPA GUAY!

Lesson #2:

Being American (or English, in Tom’s case) AND being friends with me makes you famous.  As well a gets you sweet deals in Barcelona and Madrid tambien.

Feeling like rockstars with my 6th level students.

Feeling like rockstars with my 6th level students.

So famous.  Mis estudiantes quiren los autógrafos de mis amigos.

So famous. Mis estudiantes quiren los autógrafos de mis amigos.

Lesson #3:

We love Spanish architecture!

We love the Giralda at the Cathedral in Sevilla!

We love the Giralda at the Cathedral in Sevilla!

We also love Antonio Gaudí and his nature inspired designs!

We also love Antonio Gaudí and his nature inspired designs!

Gaudí, Gaudí, Gaudí!!!

Gaudí, Gaudí, Gaudí!!!

Enjoying the views of Parque Guell!

Enjoying the views of Parque Guell!

Lesson #4:

Spain has some pretty cool landscape views.

Toledo, Spain

Toledo, Spain

Loving the view from Parque Guell!

Loving the view from Parque Guell in Barcelona!

Lesson #5:

Perfecting the art of Spanish people watching, AKA staring people down as you are having a coffee in the street, or as you are walking pass them on the street, and just straight up staring down people in general.  Also the art of flirting with the many good looking men here in Spain is also developed.

Step one:  Make eye contact...or just snap a photo for life long memories.

Step one: Make eye contact…or just snap a photo for life long memories.

Step two:  remember, there is no personal space in Spain.  MOVE IN and make sure he knows you are interested!

Step two: remember, there is no personal space in Spain. MOVE IN and make sure he knows you are interested!

Step three:  Don't be afraid to make the first move!  Spanish men like a woman who is brave!

Step three: Don’t be afraid to make the first move! Spanish men like a woman who is brave!

Lesson #6:

Although Spaniards think it is absolutely ridiculous to even walk one block down the street…EN SERIO.  My co workers at school cannot believe I walk 10 minutes to school! Being a tourist in Spain means walking EVERYWHERE.  Which includes some very long walking tours.

Damn straight Spain would have moving escalators to bring people alllll the way up to Parque Gruell.

Damn straight Spain would have moving escalators to bring people alllll the way up to Parque Gruell.

A wonderful walking tour in Madrid.

A wonderful walking tour in Madrid.

Toledo, Spain UPHILL THE WHOLE WAY.

Toledo, Spain UPHILL THE WHOLE WAY.

Lesson #8:

Spain’s lifestyle is truly different.  Time moves slowly here, and siestas and fiestas happen everyday.  At first it is difficult to adjust to the fact that nothing is open between the hours of 2 and 6 PM, but by the time you return to the US you are missing the carefree living lifestyle (as well as your 4 hour nap time).

Bullfight in Madrid.

Bullfight in Madrid.

May 15th is a fiesta?  Porque?  No se?  No pasa nada todos lost dias son fiestas!

15th de mayo es una fiesta? Porque? No se? No pasa nada todos lost dias son fiestas!

Flamenco dancing in the cave basement of a friend of a friends house?  Totally normal Wednesday night.

Flamenco dancing in the cave basement of a friend of a friends house? Totally normal Wednesday night.

Copious amounts of tinto de verano with dinner?  Totally fine.  If anything you should be drinking two of those!

Copious amounts of tinto de verano with dinner? Totally fine. If anything you should be drinking two of those!

Lesson #9:

No matter where we are living, whether it is Minnesota, Spain, England, South Korea, New Zealand, or Australia, we have managed to stay a close knit group of friends.  While my friends were here I realized that home is where the heart is and my heart is with these amazing people.

Finding our love for Barcelona in one of the many hip bars in the Old City.

Finding our love for Barcelona in one of the many hip bars in the Old City.

Lesson #10:

This one is more of a lesson for me…I have some pretty cool friends who are very brave for adventuring to Spain.  I am very lucky to have friends who are open and willing to visit, learn, and experience a culture that is very different from the US.  Words cannot express how much fun it was for me to show the McGrimmley’s my new home and the amazing things about it.

This trip also made me realize how much I love Spain, and how I am not done here. So, I should probably announce that I have been placed again in the Andalucía region as a Language and Cultural Assistant for the next year.  I have accepted this position with hopes of continuing the adventures I have started here.  As of now, I haven’t received my city placement, but my fingers are crossed for Bollullos again!  Nos vemos, we will see.

Hasta Luego!

2 thoughts on “McGrimmley Invasion

  1. Susan Mocsny Thomas says:

    Cariña Amy, felicidades en su año nuevo en España! Ojala que tu tienes muchas aventuras especialmente.

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