My First Visitor

The following weekend my friend and former colleague, Katie, came to Madrid for a visit. Not only did she bring herself, but she brought me LOTS of goodies from home.

Biscuits, cornbread and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!!!  She's the best!

Biscuits, cornbread and Cinnamon Toast Crunch!!! She’s the best!

That evening, we headed outside of the city to see one of my favorite artists, Manu Chao. I forgot that I’m nearing 30 and his followers are quite the party-ers…so I felt a little out of place. Here’s a small sample of what we were in for:

The subway to the concert.

The subway to the concert.

The remains of a pre-show botellón (drinking outside is completely normal here and public cleaning is excellent)

The remains of a pre-show botellón (drinking outside is completely normal here and public cleaning is excellent)

The concert was great, but we were tired from avoiding the mosh pit and we were shivering from being outside so long. Unfortunately there weren’t many transportation options after the show and it took us over an hour to find a bus back to the city center. Lesson learned.

The next day we did some shopping. Madrid was unusually chilly that weekend, but we weren’t cold enough…so we headed to Starbucks for a Frappuccino! They had an interesting twist on Katie’s name, but the drinks were tasty nonetheless.

Keity + Raquel

Keity + Raquel

We found a crown while shopping.  How appropriate!

We found a crown while shopping. How appropriate! Photo by Katie P.

It was nice to have someone here that reminds me of home. A warm smile, a familiarity, an understanding that is missed. We shared our recent life changes and reminisced about our former days at Hallmark. I wish we had had more time together, but my school projects and group work were getting in the way. Hopefully she’ll make the journey back here to Madrid soon!

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