Semana 4: Vale la pena!, “It’s worth it”

Every day is a new adventure, a new opportunity to learn more about the Spanish culture. Vale la pena!

Meet Minina. Minina is the name of my host family’s cat… and the name of all of the other cats in the street. (Minina is similar to the word kitty in the United States.)

Below is a picture of my normal breakfast. My host mom makes me toast and coffee every morning! On the left is Jungle Party, my favorite type of cereal. It is an extruded wheat cereal. The nutrition label is written in three different languages and takes up the entire back of the box! I normally switch off between the jungle party cereal and the corn flakes. The green box in the middle is skim milk. UHT milk in aseptic packaging is more common than pasturized gallons of milk here. The coffee machine on the right is a Moka pot. It makes delicious coffee!

Last weekend I visited The Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The church inside is magnificent! I also saw the Greco painting, El Martirio de San Mauricio or The Martyrdom of St. Maurice! In the bottom right hand corner of the picture is a piece of paper signed Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος, El Greco’s full name in Greek letters. Doménikos Theotokópoulos was given the nickname El Greco because his name was difficult to pronounce.

Fun frases from this week:

Que mono!: literally translated this frase means what a monkey, but it is used to say, “How cute!”

Soy la pera (limonera): literally translated this frase means I’m a pear, but it is used to say, “I’m the best!”

Resolví el misterio!: “I solved the mystery!”

The picture below is from a hike I took with a friend last weekend. I started my first official day of practice for walking the Camino yesterday! I am looking forward to exploring more of Toledo and the surrounding area!


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