Posted in November 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s that time of year again–only a few weeks left until Christmas! Finally the leaves are falling, and the trees and the streets are frosted with lights. Corte Inglés has installed their much anticipated Christmas displays in their main windows and the Christmas market is teeming with people in Plaza Mayor. In the States, Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Expat Thanksgiving in Madrid

Expat Thanksgiving in Madrid

A few days before Thanksgiving, Nick, one of the Americans in our program (who I introduced to you all in my Toledo post) decided to host a grand Thanksgiving potluck for all of us Northeasterners missing out on one of the best American holidays of the year with our families. I’m sure for most of … Continue reading

Spanish-Korean Zarzuela

Spanish-Korean Zarzuela

I was doing my regular weekly Korean grocery shopping at Hans Alimentación (more details on that later) when the owner struck up a conversation with me as I was checking out with my things (aka cup ramen & anything instant/spicy):
(Note: the whole conversation was in Korean)

아줌마: Do you like concerts (음악회)?
Me: (*pause* What did she say? 음식 (food)? I guess I’ll just go with the context of the situation..) Yes, I love spicy food! (Insert random reasons here.)
아줌마: …..Oh, okay… Well I’m giving out tickets to a concert for next weekend, are you interested in going?
Me: (Realizing that 음악회 means concert..*gigantic inner facepalm*) Yes! I’d love to go!!!

Despite my Korean comprehension fail, I was able to snag two free tickets to zarzuela, or Spanish musical theatre that combines song, opera, and choreography into the choir performance. Continue reading