Category Archives: Holidays

What Will You Do This Halloween????


Are you ready?

Less than 24 hours for All Hallow’s Eve!!!


Dear Spanish people,

Halloween is NOT all about the Eerie and the Gory Scary Blood-Soaked Image.

Halloween is like our Carnival….our costumes reflect our Creativity.

They can be Sweet, Smart, Clever oooooor downright ‘Scary-as-all-Hell’ or for the girl ‘Sexy-as-all-Hell’.

So break away from your typical Witch, Vampire, Ghost, Pumpkin…etc…..

Show me what you’ve got!

I’m ready. Are you?


La Guiri


Where you can find me:

I will be partying it up Halloween Style at the Famous Anti-Karaoke’ Madrid.

Yes…this Beautiful Madness is Anti-karaoke! Love it!!!

Sala El Sol (Metro: Gran Via) @ 10pm/22h

(I’d suggest getting there early….like 9pm or 9:30pm/21h or 21:30h…there’s always a line of people enjoying a bit of botellon beforehand)

Check out my previous Blog Post about them: LaGuiriHabla Anti-Karaoke Blog Post

Anti-Karaoke Facebook Page

Gonna be Rockin’ Out and Singing All Night Long!!!!

Come and Join Me and My Amigos!

Oh Me Oh My…How Time Flies!


Sooooo it’s been a little over 2 months since my last post! But as they say….Times Flies When You’re Having Fun!!!!

Besides being busy with work and my rigorous daily traveling via the Madrid Public Transport systems, I did take time to:

a) Celebrate my 27th Birthday

My Ladies!!! Dani, Me and Polly at my Birthday Party!!!!

(I can’t believe another year has gone again!!!! I moved to Madrid when I was 23!!!! Holy Shizzzzzzz!!!!!!)


b) Have my Mom and Grandma over for a 2 week visit over Easter break and the week following it.

I hadn’t seen my Mom in about 2 and a half years….and I hadn’t seen my Grandma in almost 4 YEARS!!!!!!!

Soooo it was nice to have them here….of course the usual occurs when family stays with you for a long time….they do get on your nerves, buuuuut that’s what family members are for!

I have come to the conclusion after this trip that my Grandma Shirley is AWESOME!!!!!

And I’m A LOT LIKE HER!!!!!!!!

Things I’ve learned from my Grandma over this little 2 week trip…

*Drink a Beer or a Glass of Wine Everyday…..Not because you’re an alcoholic (1 is enough really) buuuuuut because you DESERVE IT!!!!

Me and Grandma and Our Tinto de Veranos

Beer and Patatas Bravas on a Terraza in Valencia

*Be Feisty and Let People Know What You Think and Have NO REGRETS about What You Say or Do!

Waiting for the Bus back to Madrid from Valencia….chillin!!!!

*Eat Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate EVERYDAY!!!! Why????…..WHY NOT, is the correct response to that question.

Eating Ice Cream on a Rainy/Cloudy day in Madrid. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Take Pictures of Hot Waiters aaaaand call them Hot in front of them even though they don’t understand you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Hot Waiter from La Pepica in Valencia

*Act like a child while at the beach….picking seashells never gets old!!!!!

Collecting Seashells…

*Be Active!!!…because the moment you stop, your age might catch up with ya and you won’t feel as young as you really are.

My Grandma Climbed up 7 flights of stairs in a tower in Toledo….

And this is what she saw! (Toledo, Spain)

*When someone won’t give you their attention…..a little ‘YOO-HOO!’ ย and a lil wave of the hand works wonders!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

*Stop Your Bitchin’ and Be Grateful For What You Have!

*Work Hard…Always! Cause If You Don’t Work Hard You Have NO RIGHT To Complain!!!!

*You don’t need much in this world to be happy…Some Food, Friends, Family, A Roof Over Your Head and Some Clothes on Your Back…..everything else are extras that make the ice cream even sweeter….but plain vanilla, chocolate or strawberry is alright with me!

And what I’ve learned from my mother is…..

*I love her and I’m so grateful for her….buuuuut she is her father’s daughter and I am my father’s daughter which makes us Day and Night. And although she might drive me bonkers after 3 or 4 days together, she is still my Mom! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Porras/Churros and Chocolate at the Valor Chocolateria in Madrid

Tinto de Verano on the Mercado de San Anton’s Rooftop Terrace in the Chueca barrio of Madrid.

Grandma…and the Valencian Beach La Malvarossa at Sunset.

Easter Sunday in the Retiro Park in Madrid.

Mom with her vino, pisto and tortilla de patata!

Mom and Grandma at the Beach in Valencia.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my pics….I’m getting ready for some new reviews! From Valencia, Barcelona, Santander and Madrid.

Happy Spring to All My Readers!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


La Guiri

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!


For Everyone Out There…..I Wanted To Wish You All…

Or For Some of You….

No Matter How You Think About It Today Is About…

Like Everyday Should Be Buuuut Since They Commercialize It, We’ll Go With It!

So Just Know That…

And Not Only That But…

So Make Sure That Today You…

And Always Remember That…



La Guiri

~Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Lucille Ball~

~To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
Oscar Wilde~

~You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Christmas in Madrizzzzz


Just wanted to share some of my favorite moments from this Christmas…..I definitely had a BLAST!!!!!! I ate and drank with merriment and with WONDERFUL groups of people.

Thanks to the Menendez-Pidal family for welcoming me into their family and letting me spend Christmas Eve day dancing with their kids and enjoying that afternoon with an AMAZING family!

Thanks to my man Inaki and his FABULOUS parents who welcomed me to their Christmas Eve dinner. I had a wonderful time with them eating seafood and drinking cava (spanish champagne) and dancing to Christmas music in their living room.

Cognac, anyone??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Dancing is a theme to wherever I seem to go…..hahahaa!)

Thanks to Jennifer Riggins ( for inviting me to join in her Christmas Day luncheon with Asian food and some Christmas Movies…..Yay for the Motherless Misfit Toys of Madrid!!!!

Celebrating Christmas Day at Jennifer’s!

And Thanks to All the GREAT PEOPLE who came to my house for Christmas Day Dinner and New Year’s Eve’s Dinner!!!!! Loved dancing with you all using the Wii game and I loved our random conversations amongst the food and drinks!!!!

Christmas in Casa ๐Ÿ™‚

Wii Dancing!!!!

Countdown… 2012!!!!

Cheers to the New Year!

Shots to Ring in the New Year!

And although I don’t have any pictures of it….the Reyes DID visit me! Which was a complete surprise!!!!

*Sidenote — The Reyes Magos (or The Three Wise Men) are typically the ones to bring the Spanish children their Christmas gifts and they receive them on the day of the Epiphany aka Jan. 6. But now alot of families celebrate both Santa and Reyes.

I’m gonna miss that Christmas Spirit…..

Christmas Lights around the City

Churros and Chocolate after some Christmas Shopping

Christmas Concerts in the different Plazas and Squares of the City

Visiting different Belenes (Nativity Sets) around the City’s different Cathedrals and Churches

Cheers to the Present, the Past and the Future…nothing a lil Champagne can’t fix!

I hope everyone got enough Christmas Spirit to last them all year until the next one!!!!


La Guiri

New Year, New You


Well, I thought it would be blogger-proper of me to create a Christmas/New Year’s Post.

Happy New Year!

As 2011 comes to an end I thought I would post some of my thoughts on my past year…and the year to come…

  • I met the novio last Reyes (Jan.6) and it has been the best ride of my life with that man. I hope I get to spend as much time possible with him.
  • My bestie Euni left Spain last Christmas and I thought I’d let her know that I still love her mucho!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I met some wonderful people…even if they were only in Madrid for a little while….miss ya Sophie (my fav Canadian), Sian (my fav Welsh) and Annamaria (my fav Icelander)…and of course Miss Dani!!!
  • I’ve loved spending time with my Madrid friends…even though Mary and Carlos moved north to Santander….we really know how to have a great time!!!! Polly Rose, Gabe B. and Mary F….you’re my gang!
  • To some of my Madrid friends who I wish I saw more often..Carmen, Antolin, Hugo and Belen, Julian, Pablo el musico, Olga, Pris and Deb (although she’s now living it up in Mejico!!!) ย Yara in Germany and the WOSAP familia ๐Ÿ™‚
  • My Aunt Angie and Uncle Brian and a couple of their friends met up with me in Barcelona before their Mediterranean Cruise and I loved seeing my fam again!!!!
  • Loved living with Suzi Saeki!
  • Merche = Mi Cuki ๐Ÿ˜‰ jajajajaa
  • Vivienne Okeeffe = Big Sis from Ireland
  • Moved in with a Great Group of People!!! Alex, Joan, Lore and Mery ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Missed a ton of people from all over the world….Ginger,Kunbo, Sarah Cypret and Stef Gowen (I know you ladies are married but you’ll always have those last names to me!), Ryan Tay, Colene, Heidi and Tim Nowak, Jesenia and Adrian + dem babies, Juice and Rell, Mindy-Moo and Laura Hendricks, Nico-coco Argentina and Miss Sarah D. – best Scot I know!, Eugene, Bridget Betkis (R.I.P….taken away too soon and been gone too long), Carrie and Jenny and Friend Steve and Brian Foulks… Bridge-KZ-Greg and the whole STL Youth Ministry Gang, Jaime my singing partner in crime – enjoy the USA!…okay….too many people! Aaaahhhh I miss you all (STL fam, BC fam and SPAIN fam!!!) and am so happy that our lives have crossed paths…even for a second. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • To my FAMILY—-LOVE YA’LL and I’LL SEE YOU IN 2012 (come hell or high water!)
  • Fell in love with Anti-karaoke this year….and I’m meeting some fabulous people because of it.
  • And I’ve met some fabulous people through blogging (Diana…lil ย Spain in Iowa!!!! and of course Kristen and Deb…see you soon I hope!)
  • Loved getting to reconnect with people again thanks to social medias like Facebook and Twitter….even if it’s only a few comments here or there…they really do mean a lot! (Darren, Josh, Monica, Jessica, Blaire, Kalana, and Rae)
  • Goals for 2012 —
  • Get this DAMN PERMISO!!!!! Fuuuuuck it’s been almost 4 years in the making…I’m tired of all this paperwork crap!!!
  • Go home to the STL and roadtrip it to Kansas too!!!!
  • Gonna Have an AMAZING Easter this year with my Momma and my Grandma Shirley!!!!!
  • So excited for the new people, the new memories and the new journeys I’m gonna go on this year!
  • Stay strong and healthy…but still have a good time! (You’re only in your 20s once!)
  • Work Hard and Grow as a Professional
  • Keep blogging….
  • …..And keep living!!!!!

And in honor of it being New Year’s Eve….enjoy the classic…Auld Land Syne!

Auld Lang Syne Song

History of Auld Lang Syne in English and Spanish

Love Ya’ll!!!!

Happy 2012!!!! Many Blessings For You This New Year!!!!



Giving Thanks 2011


So 2 weeks back my foreign friends and I organized our 3rd anniversary Turkey Day festivities. So far, due to table space and the ever-important oven requirement, we’ve had it at either my house or Mary’s.

Since Mary and her man – Carlos moved up to Santander in the North of Spain on the coast of the Bay of Biscay we had decided to head up there this year for our delicious yearly extreme feeding. This way we’d be able to see her new place and get the hell out of Madrid for a day or two. It was totally worth it even when Inaki’s car broke down just about 10kms from Mary’s place. (Hahaha….it was like something that WOULD happen to me and my friends…sometimes I feel like I live in a movie.)

Mary ended up getting a 15 kilo (33 lbs) turkey since it was that or a really small one for our group of about 16 people. She had to get a saw to cut it in half and she had to cook it half and half since it didn’t all fit in the oven (Ha!).

Talk about crazy Thanksgiving experience….this definitely hit it right on the spot!

Thanksgiving Napkins (Photo by Alex Simoes)

We had all the trimmings…


Mashed Potatoes…and GRAVY!!!!

Green Bean Casserole

Stove Top Stuffing

Mary’s Homemade Mac-n-Cheese (Drooling as I think about it now!)

Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potatoes….although I didn’t like the recipe I chose, gonna have to try another one for next year.

Roasted Autumn Veggies

And our international guests brought some typical Spanish dishes and also some Indian food…these came in handy later with our hangovers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

And for dessert…..Polly’s Famous Chocolate Muffins and Brownies, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Crumble and Tiramisu.

Sooooo basically, everything was DELICIOUS!!!!!

I thought I’d share some of my pictures and some of the pictures my friend Alex took (I really need to get a good camera….haha).

Enjoy the pics!

We all had a blast, as always! Hope you don’t drool too much looking at these pics! ๐Ÿ™‚

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