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.
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.
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).
If you find yourself in Madrid, a day spent in Retiro is a day well spent (without actually spending any euros)!
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:
5. Leo Burnett fiestas
I met the coolest people this summer during my summer internship at Leo Burnett. I was lucky enough to become super good friends with my intern
group family. I’ll definitely miss them, but I know our paths will cross again.
4. Spain gave me permission to live there
I GOT MY VISA! After months of planning, gathering paperwork, and jumping through a dozen other hoops, I finally have my wonderful, beautiful visa.
3. Logi and I celebrated 5 whole years together!
WOAH! Logan and I have been together for 5 years now. It’s amazing how much we’ve changed and grown since we first started dating. I’ m supa lucky to have this goofball in my life. And even after 5 years I still like him 😉
2. My roommate was also my BFF
Kayla and I got to spend soooo much time together this summer, which was absolutely amazing. I leave for Spain in a little over a week, so this summer was some good quality sister time before I leave. I’m so lucky to be a twin, and to have Kayla as my other half.
1. We welcomed Asiago to the Waisath Clan
If you don’t follow me on Instagram, maybe you aren’t aware of my obsession with Asiago. Kayla adopted Asiago from Paws in June, and it’s been super fun watching him grow and play and be crazy (I know I sound like a weirdo cat lady). There’s something about having a pet that brings a certain life to your home, and you can bet our little crispy nugget has brought a lot of joy to our apartment.
Was this the best summer ever for you?! I hope so!
Kayla and I have been suffering from some major tattoo envy, but we are weenies and can’t actually commit to putting something on our bodies FOREVER. So how do we get our temporary tattoo fix without resorting to those little temporary tattoos you apply with some hot water? Henna. For our henna project we used “India’s Best Dulan” henna; I bought it in Madison, WI, but I’m sure you can find a tube of it on Amazon.
Step 1: Channel your inner artist
Cut the very tip off the henna tube and start designing your henna tat. You’ll need to free-hand the henna design. Do not trace the tattoo with pen first, because the henna has a weird reaction with pen ink, and it won’t turn out right (I speak from experience).
Step 2. Patience is a virtue
Leave the henna alone for a hot minute (probably like 30 minutes), or until it’s dry and flaky.
Step 3: Brush that dirt (henna) off your shoulder
After a little while, the henna will dry and start flaking off your body. This is where you can start brushing it off. The henna ink is a dark brown, but it’ll stain your skin a dark orange color *neattt*
Step 4: Look cool & cultured
Sorry guys, most people know what henna is, so they won’t think you got a tattoo. But I can guarantee you’ll look pretty cool and read up on the history of henna so you can be cultured too.
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.
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?
Valentine’s Day was especially fun for Kayla and I and our respective beaus this year! After a couple hours in the car going up and down winding back roads through the very hilly Illinois countryside, Logi and I were reunited with our BFFs Kayla and Andy (I hadn’t seen her in 5 weeks *tear*). The four of us decided to take a weekend trip to a small ski resort town in Galena. Luckily, our family friend owns a cottage there, so we were able to make it our own little home for the weekend.
I know you would think that going to a ski resort town would mean the four of us would hit up the slopes all day long, but this is far from the truth. There is only one daredevil among us who was willing to risk their life skiing down black diamond slopes (that daredevil would be Andy). While Andy was hitting up the slopes on Saturday; Logan, Kayla, and I read our books, watched DVDs, and went to a coffee shop downtown. We are all coffee addicts, so we try and find new coffee shops to visit regardless of where we are. This place was really cool because you could super customize your order; they had a ton of different roasts, sweeteners, and sugar options. Logan and I opted for a s’more latte *yum*!
After spending some time at the coffee shop, it was time to pick up Andy because we decided we couldn’t just leave him stranded on top of a mountain (although we did contemplate it). Since we are all 21 *WOOT* we decided to make the most of this amazing resort town and go wine tasting downtown. This wine shop gave you the option to choose 6 wines for $5, what a bargain, am I right?! All the wines we chose were super delicious, and they were nice enough to serve us chocolate chips with our wine. Can you say heaven?!
After wine we decided we needed dinner, but also needed some good beer. Logan AKA “Yelp Master” found this brewery that was just a little walk from the wine tasting place. We all ordered our own flights of beer that were made right in the restaurant! We hadn’t planned on going on a brewery tour when we decided to eat there, but when we found out the next tour was only a few minutes after we arrived how could we say no?! Our tour guide was a very friendly South African who owned the brewery. We learned a lot about beer while drinking it, so I’d say it was a good experience.
Please excuse the blurriness, I was trying to be a little sneaky while taking the brewery tour picks. I must also add the food and atmosphere at Galena Brewery were spectacular. They had sweet potato fries (my all time fav), and live music! Overall, it was a great way to spend a Saturday night out. I promise you our weekend wasn’t one big boozefest, stay tuned to hear more about our weekend adventure!