Perks of Parks in Madrid

Hey guys!

I’m writing this post from my couch in Chicago. But I was just in Spain where I was finally reunited with my best friend for a short three weeks over the holidays. While I was there, I completely fell in love with Retiro Park. Retiro is like the Central Park of Madrid. So its HUGE, and has so much going on.

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In the center of the park is a gorgeous man-made pond with rowboats people can rent by the hour. I opted out of taking one for a spin because I was alone. So instead I decided to plant myself next to a statue for some one-on-one time with my book, Sharp Objects (written by the same author as Gone Girl, and so so good).

Shannon came with me on my second trip to the park, and we got to see the Glass Palace, which is basically a huge building made of glass that looks so cool when the sun is shinning. The Glass Palace is owned by one of the huge art museums here in Madrid called the Reina Sophia (free with a student ID if you’re under 25!). When we went, they were featuring an American Horror Story fashioned trailer complete with beyond creepy music, a life size wax women, and way too many dancing puppets. Check out Shannon’s Vine here to get a better idea.

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After the Palacio de Cristal we wondered around some of the park, and were BOTH pooped on by a Spanish bird. Luckily, a super friendly Spanish couple was eager to help us and spent a solid five minutes cleaning it off us, and asking if we were okay (maybe that’s what they were saying, it didn’t take long for me to realize my 5 years studying spanish were pretty much useless).

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If you find yourself in Madrid, a day spent in Retiro is a day well spent (without actually spending any euros)!

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Update: Where have we been…?

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Sorry, sorry, sorry followers of Yours Truly, Twins. There has definitely been some radio silence on this blog for a few months now, but I swear we have a good excuse. Kayla has been working her butt off at school, and just finished her bachelors degree 2 weeks ago! She even has a full-time job offer at a fancy advertising agency *rockstar much?* and I have been living in Spain…

I started a new blog with my boyfriend about our lives in Spain, if you want, you can check it out here.

BUT, Kayla is coming to Spain for 3 whole weeks! She gets here on Tuesday, so watch out for some twin-filled blog posts about our adventures throughout Europe!

P.S. here are some twin photos “blast from the past” edition to hold you over until next week:

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Adventure Time: MKE, Beer, and a Giant Pretzel

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Logan and I go to school in a pretty small Wisconsin town. We love our little town, but we also love exploring all the wonderful Wisconsin cities around us! We are smack dab between Milwaukee and Madison, among other smaller cities. You know what that means?! Lots of mini weekend adventures! This weekend we went on a mini spring road trip to Milwaukee (only an hour away from us).

LogiMarketOur first stop was the Public Market! Inside it has tons of little booths with food, wine, and home goods. We both ordered these really amazing pita wraps *soooooo tasty*! While I wanted to try somethings from every booth, and by every booth I really mean the dessert ones, I somehow managed to resist.

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CardsCollageThe Public Market is in the Third Ward of downtown Milwaukee. The Third Ward has a lot of little boutiques, really nice apartments, and endless coffee shops. We went into a little paper goods store (my fav because they have all the little adorable trinkets I want, but absolutely don’t need) where I stumbled across these adorable friendship cards! Perfect little reminders to give to your favorite humans.

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The next stop was my favorite stop of the day, Lakefront Brewery! Logan found out that Lakefront gives the best brewery tours in the country, so we obviously had to go. It was our duty as American citizens…I always thought I would be a wine person, but my love of beer is very real. For $7 we got 4 glasses of beer, a pint glass to take home, the tour AND a coupon for a free pint of any Lakefront Beer at a restaurant. My favorite beer was a rice beer (S/O to all you gluten-free people out there); I liked it so much I used two of my tokens on it…

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We ended our evening at Upper 90, a sports bar located in the Third Ward. We were both stuffed from our tasty beer, but made room for a giant soft pretzel appetizer and cashed in our coupon for a pint of beer.

We had so much fun exploring Milwaukee! It’s hard to believe in a little over 6 weeks we’ll be graduating and moving back to Illinois.

Have you been on any fun weekend mini trips?!

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Valentine’s Day Getaway: Part 2

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I hope you all enjoyed the first part (which was actually our second day) of our adventure to Galena! We were so lucky to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a long weekend of relaxation, and what’s more relaxing than having dinner by a fire with your favorite people? Nothing.

While going out to a fancy restaurant with you sweetheart is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s, we decided to take it down a notch and cook our own tasty meal at the cottage. We put the boys in charge of the main course (they’re way better cooks than either of us ladies), and divvied the appetizer and dessert between the two of us.

If you’ve met me, you probably know I am dangerously obsessed with avocados. I could definitely star in the Subway commercials where the women start naming their babies after my beloved avocado. So naturally, I made guacamole despite the fact it did not remotely relate to the entree.

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The boys decided to make chicken stuffed with feta and spinach, and then made some ratatouille topped with goat cheese! Andy bought all his ingredients from Eataly, this restaurant/grocery store combo that has the best cheese in the city. If you find yourself in downtown Chicago, it’s a must.

And what’s the point of dinner if there is no dessert?! Shannon made a fourless chocolate cake, which tasted a lot like chocolate cheesecake, but without all the guilt.

Needless to say we had a perfect Valentine’s day with the people we love the most.

We also had the chance to check out some cool shops downtown. Galena is full of fun boutiques with tons of knick knacks. We came across these hilarious animal masks, how could we not try them on!

How did you spend your Valentines weekend?

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