This is deviating from my weekly norm of sharing with you some of my current stories and some photo challenges.
Simply Beautiful has nominated me to join this challenge of Five Photos/Five Stories.
This first photo was taken when a Spanish friend, Elisa, who was studying in Chicago invited me for a tapas crawl in Madrid. She happened to go home for vacation and I was vacationing in Spain that year. In my previous trips to Spain I’ve always enjoyed their various main dishes bypassing the tapas. Spanish cuisine is not strange to Filipinos as we have been a Spanish colony for 333 years. But I think tapas are more enjoyable when done with friends accompanied with wine or pitchers of Sangria as proven by my first experience.
Even though I hardly spoke their language and Elisa’s friend’s English were as poor as my Spanish, we had a great denominator for the night – food. They were all very friendly, hospitable and accommodating, showing me the night life in their city.
They knew Madrid very well and brought me to the best places to indulge in this very Spanish tradition. Very young, they knew the trendiest places for tapas. A tapas crawl is a good learning experience for anyone who’s new to the culture. So many little dishes in one night, the variations so numerous, the melding of ingredients result in explosive flavors beyond your imagination.
That tapas crawl taught me a greater appreciation of Spanish cuisine, culture and the people. After that vacation, I’ve shared what I learned with my family and friends. We’d frequent a tapas bar close to work for lunch and on weekends I’d bring my family. It’s been a while since I’ve last done that but I found a great Spanish restaurant that’s been below the radar of many. Time to do it soon again.
My friend Elisa is now a CPA, happily married with two beautiful children in Chicago. She remains to be my friend although lately we just follow each other in FB.
Rules: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.
My first nomination is Ompong of Photo ni Ompong.