I, unfortunately, had to send some emails for work while my friend went for spa treatments. I spent most of that time actually talking to our host and his 11-year-old daughter, attempting to speak Spanish along with them and learning a few things about their culture. The little girl's favorite subject in school is English, which I thought was very cute.
By the time Bella got home, we were both starving. I quickly got ready, and we went a place called Taberna Coloniales for tapas. The restaurant is always busy, and this was our third attempt at eating there! After about a 15 minute wait, we were seated upstairs. It was much more tame than the lower level, and the staff were very friendly. We had wine and ordered papas a la brava, tabla ibérica, spinach croquettes, and quail eggs with chorizo. The potatoes were my favorite, but the tabla ibérica has salmorejo in it, which as a native food, is definitely worth trying.
|Tabla ibérica: quail eggs over ham and salmorejo on toast|
After lunch, we did our usual wandering and ended up at Plaza de España, a gorgeous, picturesque building, full of history. While we were walking down a set of steps, a flower drifted on the ground right in front of our path. There wasn't a tree or anything above us, so I decided to designate it our lucky flower. After leaving there, and heading back towards our apartment, we walked through a few narrow streets, and saw a pretty secret garden behind iron gates. We ended with refreshing cocktails on a rooftop bar and later had a yummy pan of paella.