The Spanish Puente — La Guiri does Santander

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So the Spanish ‘Puente’ (or as translated ‘bridge’) is basically a long holiday weekend that the Spanish have made long by taking a Monday off because the Public Holiday is on a Tuesday…in Madrid’s case the Puente de Mayo this year is gonna be a longer one cause not only is there a Public Holiday on Tuesday…buuuuuuut there’s also one on Wednesday too!!!!!

So you know what that means… 5 DAY LONG WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!

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And on this wonderful Puente…although it’s rainy as all hell everywhere in Spain pretty much….I’m off to the North of Spain.

Look for the Red Dot....That's Where I Am.

This Guiri is going to visit another Guiri…my friend Mary from Philly originally who now lives with her boy in the coastal city of SANTANDER.

The Port

View of the city and the port...

The Palace at the top of a Hill.

The Sardinero Beach!!!!!

 

I’ve been here several times, and I really do love this place. A nice retreat away from Madrid’s madness!

So while I rest and relax, I’ll be sure to give you a full 411 (aka…slang in American English for ‘Information’) on Santander after the puente!

Happy Puente to all of those in Spain!!!!

(And to those of you NOT here….well, enjoy your normal weekend and don’t be jealous! ;-))

Love,

La Guiri

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Oh Me Oh My…How Time Flies!

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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!!!!!!)

and

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. 🙂

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

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!’  and a lil wave of the hand works wonders!!!!!! 😉

*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! 😉

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!!! 🙂

Besos,

La Guiri

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!

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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…

🙂

Love,

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.
Buddha~

Pinta En Copas

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One random day I was walking around the area in Madrid called Malasana, which just happens to be right next to my casa (now my old casa) here in Mad-town…when I saw a wonderful little shop where you could paint and decorate your own pottery (cups, mugs, plates, vases, piggy banks, bowls, etc…) and the moment I saw it I knew I had to go check this place out!

You walk in and it’s full of little wooden tables and chairs with shelves of white pottery ready to be decorated. In the back there is room for a group to come and spend the day together painting. There is also a little table with a kettle and a coffee pot which is there for you to enjoy a cup of tea or a cup of coffee for free while listening to music and painting a gift for yourself or for someone you care about.

I decided to surprise my friend as a little Saturday afternoon activity. Something off the beaten path of the traditional meal and a movie kind of day date. We chose to paint a coffee mug each.

The way it works is you choose one of the pieces of pottery…each style is marked with the price and that is the price you pay. Nothing extra. Our coffee mugs were 14 euros each…which I find extremely reasonable and affordable for what you are going to do.

So you basically come in, choose what you want to decorate, decorate it (maybe have a coffee or tea), and when you are finished you pay for your piece and then you leave it there to be picked up 2 or 3 days later. It has to be put through the oven and glossed so it looks truly FABULOUS!!!! 😉

The best part about this place is that friends can come, couples and families too. It’s a place for everyone really and even if you aren’t very artistic. I love painting so for me this was a GREAT afternoon. My friend isn’t the artistic one….but he still had a great time and I think he appreciated that I found something new and interesting for us to do in HIS city.

My fav part was that I had a mini fan club of a group of 3 little Spanish ninos who loved my mug and were asking me questions about it in Spanish…haha! Yup, I felt like a painting superstar. Ya know, it happens….:-)

Here is the info:

Pinta En Copas

Calle de Velarde, 3

Madrid, Spain (Metro: Tribunal, Bilbao)

+34 914 45 33 43

Timetable:

Tuesday-Sunday: 11 :00 – 14:00h and 17:00-22:00h

Friday and Saturdays they’re open until 23:00h

*Children older than 8 years old are permitted.
**You don’t need to make a reservation—unless you are going to be a group of 5 people or more!!!!
***CREDIT CARDS are NOT accepted!!!! (So bring enough cash!)
Check out some of my pics!

The Beginning….

The pieces my little fan club (aka the 3 lil ninos) were making next to our table…

La Guiri working hard on her coffee mug…

La Guiri caught by surprise…Haha!!! 😉

R.I.P. Whitney

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I’m still in shock…considering how young she was. And yes, she had a very horrible addiction with drugs….but this woman could SING and that is what she did. And for most young girls and women of my generation and for the next generations to come, Whitney is the one to be and the one to beat. And as much as people will wanna talk….Whitney’s voice was the voice of my youth and I will forever respect her for her contributions to the music industry.


Get Ready….

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Get ready…

La Guiri is prepping for some great blog posts coming this weekend!!!!!! Are you ready???? Keep an eye out…La Guiri has found some cool places to check out in Madrizzzzzz!!!! 😉

  • La Guiri’s Fav Indian in Lavapies
  • English Comedy in Madrid
  • Valentine’s Day Ideas for those of us in Madrid (and on a budget–hay crisis!)
So Get Ready….Cause Here I Come! 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV97roslmt0

Best Weds. Night of the Month: Anti-Karaoke Madrid

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Anti-Karaoke is a magical place where average people who have the balls to get up and sing can turn into Rock Stars even if for only a few minutes.

You could be amazing or complete crap when it comes to singing….but if you give it all you’ve got, I guarentee a damn good time!

Rachel @AK Madrid!!!!!! (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

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Anti-Karaoke

http://www.antikaraoke.com

info@antikaraoke.com

Barcelona—-Every Monday Night at Sala Apolo (Nou de la Rambla 113)

****8€ admission includes a free drink. Remember to get there when doors open at 9:30 if you want to sing****

Madrid-— Every 1st Weds. Night of the Month at Sala el Sol (Calle Jardines, 3)

****8€ admission NO DRINK INCLUDED. Doors Open Around 10pm-10:30pm****

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/antikaraoke

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Rachel and her Famous Bottle of Jack @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel Arieff is the Amazing Woman and Artist who puts on this GREAT  shin-dig every 1st Weds. of the month in Madrid (and every Monday night in Barcelona where she’s based). She’s an American Comedian who has come to Spain and found out what the Spanish were missing in their day-to-day lives….and Man….Is she giving it to them now!

Since the next Anti-Karaoke Madrid is this coming Weds. February 1st, I figured I’d write a wonderful little blog post about it, especially since it’s the 5th Anniversary for AK here in Madrid!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!

And for all you Barcelona people….you BETTER be there tomorrow night!!!!! (I’m secretly jealous that you have it every week there!!!! hahahaa!!!!)

Most people in the Anti-Karaoke World know me as Bombazo Platino (Platinum Bombshell for all you English-only people). I’ve only been singing regularly there since this past September 2011…and I did sing with a friend of mine last year on Reyes 2011. But I’ve been going casually for the past year and a half….but now it’s become my Monthly Weds. Night Ritual aaaaaand I LOVE IT!!!!

The people who go are GREAT PEOPLE and it gets my mind off of all the crap that’s going on in the real world outside the doors of the Sala el Sol. Sometimes life in Madrid (aka Mad-town) can drive ya crazy or just time can catch up with ya. I find this to be a great mid-week release, especially after the end of the previous month before.

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Rachel also has a Comedy Show called Planeta Catalunya that she has every last Thursday of the month in Barcelona. For more info on Rachel and her other artistic projects….check out all these links:

Website:  http://www.rachelarieff.com

Blog: http://www.popular1.com/rachelarieff

Email: rachel@rachelarieff.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/rachelarieffcomedy

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Here are some more Pics and Video Links For ANTI-KARAOKE MADRID!!!!!

(I couldn’t get everyone onto this blog post….so I’ll put more up as I can.)

Videos Links:

Rachel, Rocko and Friends—‘Killing In The Name’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve55WL8QK9s

Lady Madrid — ‘I Hate Myself For Loving You’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdlE_EI-2jI&feature=youtu.be

Rocko — ‘Start Me Up’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WQSjCR0q5Q&feature=related

Barrero Man —- ‘Du Hast’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er6n3HmrKTk&feature=related

Parker Lewis & McGinty—-‘Insane in da Brain’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er6n3HmrKTk&feature=related

McGinty —- ‘Thunderstruck’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkAAEIViFnQ&feature=related

Lili Pompon —- ‘Modern Love’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-r_WwFnQE

Peter & The Wolf—-‘Rebel Yell’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz5Fhmi7jwE

Rachel —– ‘New York, New York’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DKSxPZ1kkg

Peter Parker —- ‘Roadhouse Blues’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53DrDw94uxE

One of AK Barca's Favs ROCKO @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

McGinty rockin it out @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Peter & The Wolf @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Lili Pompon @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Barrero Man @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Lady Madrid @AK Madrid(Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Peter Parker @AK MADRID (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel, Rocko and The Gang @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Some Great Bombazo Platino Moments…..

'Piece of My Heart' @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'Piece of My Heart' @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'I Love Rock-n-Roll' (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'Hot Stuff' (Photos by Sian Joseph)

'Proud Mary' (Photos by Sian Joseph)

Bombazo Platino Videos

Piece of My Heart’ (Version 1)—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwpxTyIm9TY

‘Piece of My Heart’ (Version 2)—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2l7a6s-iQA&feature=youtu.be

‘Proud Mary’ —– http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/episode-5784774

‘I Love Rock-n-Roll’ —— http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/ak-nov-2011-73-5704597

Hot Stuff’ —— http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/ak_oct_2011_5748-5620983

So…..stay updated. I’ll be posting more updates about Anti-Karaoke Madrid…possibly once a month.

And I hope to see ya there asap!!!!!!! 😉

Love,

La Guiri (aka Bombazo Platino)