weekend review.

7 Feb

This past weekend was one of those weekends that made me happy to live in Madrid. Here´s a sampling of why:

  • Beerfest. On Friday night, I discovered my new favorite bar. At home in Oak Park, I am what´d you call a ¨frequent customer¨ at Ladyface Alehouse. I love micro-breweries, and especially darker, more savory beers like their IPA, and niether micro-breweries nor flavorful beer exist in Spain…or so I thought. Lo and behold, a lovely little bar named Magister entered into my life. With it´s 3 unique brews and free tapas as well as the fun vibe and diverse clientele, I´ll do my best to avoid becoming a regular. But it will require some dedication.

    Things I´m thankful for: this beer (named ¨La Tostada¨)

  • The View from Saturday. I´m not sure if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not (and frankly haven´t really cared since 2nd grade) but Madrid has gotten its first signs of spring-like weather. On Saturday, a few of us trekked over to the Egyptian ruins called el Templo de Debod in Madrid´s Parque del Oeste, and also took in stunning views of the Palacio Real and the Catedral de la Almudena. Saturday night, my roommate Alia and I went with our Italian roommate, Federica, to a party thrown by her friends in an apartment also overlooking the cathedral and royal palace. Sometimes, all it takes is a view like that and some sunshine to remind me that I live in a pretty sick place.

    Egyptian ruins from 2 B.C. donated to Spain in 1968

view from Parque del Oeste

¨Room with a View¨- clearly a phrase Italians have mastered

  • Super Bowl Sunday. Let´s face it – if I had been in the States this weekend, I am sure I would have pretended to root for the Packers (just because I´d hope a former California Golden Bear would go on to be named MVP). I would have watched mostly for the commercials and indulged in guac and other American foods I´m definitely not getting here. But, I´m not in America and don´t really care about the NFL because I don´t really have a team…(Go Raiders?) and so I celebrated the most important Sunday of the year my own way. After sleeping in, I went for a perfect 8-mile run through Parque del Oeste and Casa de Campo and took in the sunshine and views of the Manzanares River, a lake, the palace, and even an amusement park! That evening, Alia and I hustled (literally) and scored 2 tickets to the soccer game that night – Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad (San Sebastian´s team). For 37 euro we got the full European soccer experience. Two 45 minute quarters were NOT enough and we are itching to go back. While I didn´t see Aaron Rogers get his trophy, I had a pretty sporty Sunday…just saying.

our seats were literally in what they call the ¨vomitorio¨

scoreboard!! (although i am really a barça fan)

2 Responses to “weekend review.”


  1. such great heights. « That's G - June 13, 2011

    […] that I had been wanting to do for awhile. The first was a botellón (pre-party) outside in the Templo de Debod for a friend’s birthday.You don’t have to ask me twice to drink (beer) outside, next to […]

  2. two thousand eleven: the playlist. « That's G - December 31, 2011

    […] was a short but memorable month. I bonded with the kids at my school and at my private lessons, immersed myself in Madrid and went to a Real Madrid game (despite being a Barça fan) and got in some long runs. I also went on two fun trips: Marrakesch, […]

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