As our remaining time in Spain quickly comes to a close, not only are we working to cross things off our ever-growing to-do list of cleaning and packing tasks, but I've also got a small but (equally?) important list of things I'd like to see and do one last time around Madrid. One of those things was a day trip to Ávila, a small town northwest of Madrid that we visited during our first fall in Spain (November 2015, actually, which sounds like forever ago now!). Three of the best day trips from Madrid are, in our opinion, Segovia, Toledo, and Ávila, and while we've been to the first two multiple times, for one reason or another, we'd never returned to Ávila.
As I'm sure you've deduced from the title of the post, this is it! Our "what's next" and "adios to Spain" post that was bound to eventually make it's way to the pages of this blog. Two weeks from today we'll lock our apartment door for the last time, take the bus to the airport, and this (mostly) sunny chapter of our lives will come to an end. I honestly can hardly believe I'm typing this all up (and I'm getting a little choked up right now doing so), but for so many reasons, the time is right for us to start something new.
In November, Danny and I took a (long) walk to another one of Madrid's museums after I read about the Museo del Romanticismo's particularly nice cafe. Perhaps I was feeling inspired by a recent tea-and-treats meeting with a friend at a beautiful pastry shop, but I was hoping to find something not too different from the stunning places to eat at the Victoria & Albert in London, or the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, just on a slightly lower level.
About a year and a half ago, while we were spending the summer in the US in between two school years spent in Spain, I read this article. It had been linked on a Facebook page we're a part of for young people living in Madrid, and the whole idea and concept of Chefugee had me hooked.
Typically winters in Madrid are pretty mild. One decent jacket is usually enough to get you through, and we've found anything else is hardly necessary aside for the occasional cold snap here and there. We've never had snow during our three winters here, save for a few flurries one day last year, but this week that all changed.
Like most people, we have to buy groceries each week, but I thought it might be interesting if this week we shared our meal plan for the week, everything we bought, and how much it cost. I can be a pretty nosy Ned, so I find these types of posts on other peoples' blogs particularly interesting, and perhaps someone else will be the same.
Last week we celebrated our third Thanksgiving in Spain, which sounds crazy and like we've been here for a really long time, but actually, it hasn't even been two full years yet. I got out my journal and decided to do an official count - we actually just passed the year and a half mark last month (a few days before Thanksgiving in fact). Like it is with so many American expats worldwide, we went about our normal life on Thanksgiving. It did so happen that neither of us had a class first hour, though, so we made muffins, but we probably would have done that regardless of the holiday. After school, we made dinner and cleaned up quickly because, as we do every Thursday evening, we had Spanish at 7pm. After our lesson (which takes place at our kitchen table), we Skyped with both our families, and then got off to bed, because on Fridays Danny has an early teachers class where he usually has to leave for school around 7:30am.