About six years ago, in June of 2012, I watched "Forks over Knives," a documentary that advocates a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle, with a friend. The next day, I gave everything in my apartment that wasn't vegan to my parents, and that was that. Danny was in Bangladesh for six weeks at the time, and each week when we Skyped, he asked if I was still eating vegan. I always said yes, and years later, it was still the case.
Over Christmas and New Year's, we took two weeks off to travel around Europe, visiting some cities and countries we'd never been to before. We started by flying into Munich around dinnertime on Friday, December 22nd (we had school that morning!), taking the Lufthansa bus to the city center (I found that buying round-trip tickets for the bus was cheaper than taking the S-Bahn), checking into our hotel, bundling up, and heading straight for the Christmas markets.
We spent our first night in Nice (after sitting through hours of traffic to get to our Airbnb from nearby Antibes) and nixed our plan of driving to different little towns along the coast and instead decided to take the train to Monaco, see how long we wanted to spend there, and then weigh our options based on how our morning went.
Like...everyone...we like to eat. During our first stint in Spain, we stuck to a rotation of about ten fairly basic recipes for dinner, the same cereal every morning, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. This year, however, we've really been mixing it up and last year's routine is but a faint memory. This is how it works: I plan our menus each Friday for the upcoming week, we go grocery shopping together on Sundays, and Danny usually does about 99% of the cooking on weekdays (we do it together over the weekends). As far as what we eat goes, I've been drawing inspiration from places we've traveled, dishes we enjoyed when we were in the US but found difficult to cook last year, and, like many modern folks today, Pinterest.
If there's one thing I've learned about Spain and traveling around it in the past ten months, it's that there's two places you must visit. Sure, there are other places, but if you haven't been to Barcelona and Granada, well...you really haven't been to Spain at all. (At least that's the unspoken attitude I've experienced.) This school year both were on my "Must See Spain" list and happily we've been able to cross both off.