Elena Harter ‘17
About every two to three years, my family and I visit my mom’s side of the family in Madrid, Spain. We’ve normally planned our visits around Christmastime, but not as much during summer. We visit for about two weeks and after those two weeks hearing people talk so fast in a different language can get to be a little too much.
We visit the city and go to major towns in Madrid. We don’t visit very many restaurants because my grandma is a cooking genius. Like she seriously wakes up at 7am every morning, starts cooking, and doesn’t stop until about 11pm. The meal times are different in Spain. People generally eat a small breakfast when they wake up, then have a large lunch (about the size our dinner would be) around 3pm, then eat dinner (about the size of our lunch) around 10pm.
Not only was I out of sync with the eating patterns, but Spain is 6 hours ahead of Cincinnati time, so I was suffering from intense jet lag… and still am. Having 10 hour flight back to Atlanta, then five hours of sitting around doing nothing in the Atlanta airport, then a two hour flight back to Cincinnati made all of us a little more tired.
We spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve with my cousins and I love the Spanish New Year traditions! As soon as the clock strikes midnight, everyone has 12 grapes in their bowl and you eat a grape for every second after midnight (up until 12 seconds have passed). You would think it would be really easy to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds, but everyone starts laughing which makes you laugh and it’s just a hot mess.
Feliz Navidad de España!