Wow! is 2014 already over? Many things have happened this year, I’m wondering what 2015 holds for me? Time for some sum up photos!
We always like to start the year making a trip, so this year we went to Florence and Pisa! We ate our weight in pizza, enjoyed the national beer, climbed the Duomo, visited the botanical garden of Pisa where I made friends with a cat, climbed the Pisa tower and were amazed with the Birth of Venus.
Apart from that we ate too many croissants and carrot cakes and spent one weekend with my boyfriend’s family who came to Madrid to visit.
February started with a business trip to Hamburg and I was lucky enough to have a few free hours – after all, what’s the point of traveling somewhere else if you can’t see anything?
We also went to the countryside and had fun cuddling the baby goats.
The almond-trees have blossomed so we decided to visit again the Quinta de los Molinos (the weather was nicer than last year). We spent a weekend in Sigüenza and went to the countryside with the dogs.
Finally Easter arrived and we decided to make a road trip to the Alentejo Area, where we visited Elvas, Vila Viçosa, Castelo de Vide, Estremoz and Marvao. Portugal is a gem, every village that we visited was full of beauty. The weather was pretty nice too and I’m really looking forward returning soon. Apart from that we visited the Geominero museum which holds a great collection of minerals and that preserves the original decoration as well.
During May we returned to the countryside to see how much the goats have grown (look at february picture and you’ll see the difference) and to our surprise the were baby cats!! so, so, so cute !
We visited the Archeological museum which has been closed during 6 years and really liked it, but we must return when there is less people, it was really overcrowded.
We went to the Capricho garden as well which was, as expected, full of people. In my opinion this garden is much more interesting during fall.
And during the long weekend of May we returned to Cáceres and visited Guadalupe.
I haven’t mentioned it before, but I also had my LASIK surgery. Everything went really well (I was terrified) and could finally forget about my glasses (I couldn’t wear contact lenses too long anymore as my eyes got so tired). It is amazing to be able to see in HD (just kidding). As of today my vision is great, I only suffer from dry eyes from time to time and luckily I see perfect at nighttime (no halos or reduced vision). Best decision ever.
I turned 28 and we celebrated having lunch at Bon Vivant & CO and going to the Thyssen Museum. Apart from that, we took some days off and went to Chipiona, Cádiz. It was so nice to do nothing but reading a good book, going to the beach and eating at the chiringuito – I’m still dreaming of the huevas aliñás.
During this month Marga & Oscar got married in Santander. They were really lucky with the weather (two days before it was raining cats and dogs and I was freaking out as I was going to wear a backless dress – so nice I didn’t need to think about a plan B).
Apart from that we tried a new restaurant called Le Cocó and went to the Thyssen Museum to see the “Mitos del Pop” collection, had breakfast looking at the Puerta de Alcalá and enjoyed the Retiro without people one early morning.
I also attended a party organized by Google where I had a lovely braid done.
Finally holidays! This year we were traveling to three different countries and four different cities in 14 days. We flew to Copenhagen, then took another plane to Prague and from there we went to Dresden by train. Berlin was our last destination where we went by train too and then back to Madrid. It was an incredible trip, but very exhausting at some points, so the next time we will make sure we have a few days just to do nothing.
Holidays were over and I had to return to work. My beautiful friend Sandra got married and we had such a lovely time. The rest of the month was quite slow because I had a car crash (a car hit me) and my neck was injured. I spent some days off work and then had to go to the physio every day. So during the weekends we didn’t do much apart from eating out a couple of days as I wasn’t feeling at my best.
We finally found a flat and signed a contract! We celebrated with burgers and spent most of the weekends at ikea, hence the lack of photos.
We finally moved together and it was more difficult than we had imagined. An Ikea cupboard is fun, the whole flat – not so much.
Apart from that we went to the countryside, had dinner with some friends and went to a party Google organized, where I had this fake tattoo that says “A tope con el chotis” – which basically means I am a big fan of chotis, a famous dance and music very typical in Madrid.
There was a long weekend at the beginning of the month so we went to Cáceres to spend some days with my boyfriend’s family. I also visited Trujillo with a friend.
Back in Madrid, the christmas lights were already set, so we went to see them a monday afternoon ( during the weekends the city centre is jam-packed).
We also visited the Hayedo de Montejo, a beech forest, which is pretty special and therefore you need a pass to visit it. It is extremely difficult to get one (as the number of visitors is limited I had booked with 3 months in advance). I believe it would have been more beautiful to have visited when the trees still had leaves, but it was interesting nonetheless. Hope next year I’ll have more luck and will be able to visit during late october or early november.
In short, this year has been really good, full of trips, changes and cute animals. I hope 2015 is just as good as the year we are leaving behind!