Madrid, I’ll Be Seeing You

So the time has come to move on to the next chapter of this storybook life…

After graduating in May I stuck around Coral Gables to work for the summer. I juggled four different jobs from freelance food writer to Spanish tutor for UM’s football players. I was lucky enough to stick around my same pad and had a few different roommates come in and out. Overall it was an amazing summer full of some more WAKA kickball, happy hours at Monty’s, and even a trip to Iowa for my cousin’s wedding. Unfortunately as summer drew to a close and the future subletters were preparing to move in, some decisions had to be made. Would I make the big move to New York and begin my career in Broadcast Journalism or return to Europe to teach English at a Spanish elementary school for a year? To most people I spoke to the decision seemed obvious: Madrid. It took a little bit before the clarity kicked in for me, but once it did, I knew that I needed to return to Spain.

At the end of August, me and dad made the long 30 hour drive back to Denver with a nice stop in St. Louis to move the brother back into Wash U. It was refreshing to return home to my family, dry air and familiar haunts for the first time since January (I can’t deny the lack of work was nice too). My past three weeks have been spent with nothing but cooking meals for my fam, working out and doing menial tasks I never had time to do while busy over summer. I even got in a trip to New Mexico to visit my grandparents last weekend and tomorrow get to return to Miami for the first home football game against OSU and to catch up with people before I flee the country.

While I’ve loved the relaxation, those that know my Type-A personality well know that I thrive when busy (as long as I love those things keeping me busy). So needless to say, I’m getting a bit restless and ready to get to Madrid! When I return from Miami on Monday the next week will be devoted to prepping for my big adventure. Unfortunately getting my Visa is taking a bit longer than expected but before long I’ll be back in Madrid living with these lovely ladies that I met while studying abroad the first time around. They are teaching in different schools but it’s nice to know we will all be in the same boat. I’m sure there’s plenty of adventures in store and I can’t wait to write all about it!

Meet the future roomies, Sarah...

and Anna.

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Who am I?

Sometimes I must take a step back and evaluate what I’ve done. This is one of those weekends.

Thursday night me and Court decided to do an art gallery walk in Chelsea. I always heard it is basically a chance to get free drinks and look at art as you hop from place to place. That is exactly what it was and it was so much fun. After Alex met up with us we headed to grab a tasty dinner at Cafeteria, a place I had been dying to try.

Yummy meatballs!

Friday was a bittersweet day as it was the last day my supervisor from my internship would be in town. Although my program is another two weeks, she left to go on a two-week vacation so I will round out the rest of my time helping out other people. That night we had another BBQ arranged by my professor from Miami. It was on the balcony of the penthouse apartment of Barbara Howard. The views were amazing.

Not to mentions he had the actual Oscar for Best Film from 1943, Casablanca, as a bookend on the shelf. I took a picture with it I must post soon!

Saturday I woke up bright and early to head to meet Alex to catch a bus for her staff picnic. It was at Linda Elerbee’s house on the border of NYC and Massachutes.

Nick News anyone?

There was a pinata, swimming pool, and tents flooded with drinks and food. But the real treat of the day involved this:

Linda’s husband flies this for fun and was giving airplane rides out all day (I think to avoid the picnic). Either way, we eagerly jumped at this opportunity, even though I was scared out of my mind. And that was before I heard we were doing loops, hammerscrews, and rolls. All I can say is that it was a very good thing we hadn’t ate very much beforehand or I might have been in deep trouble.

It was such a great day that left me completely exhausted. I cannot believe I have two weeks left here but you can bet I will enjoy every last second.

In other news, today I bought Vibram Five Finger shoes! Yes, make fun of me all you want but they’re supposed to be amazing. I’m sure you’ll here more from me on these shoes soon.

“Food… The way to a broadcaster’s heart”

How Sweet!

 

Since beginning my coursework in journalism I have listened to speakers from all over. From attending the National Broadcasting Society convention in New York City to WE Media Conferences in Miami, I have heard all sorts of stories of success and failure from a number of media players. 

This summer I get to hear from speakers at both my internship and through my college. We get weekly talks from producers, editors, reporters and executives talking about everything from ethics to writing and then answering our questions about how to get to where they are. 

Not going to lie, after a little bit these talks can be exhausting. You hear the same advice over and over and sometimes it’s hard to resist running out of the room so you can take charge and continue on with your own personal journey. After all, when it comes down to it you will never get to where you want to go without actually doing it! Times like these I get anxious to graduate so I can begin interviewing and start my first real job. 

However, until then, I love do love listening to and meeting with these people, reveling in their successes and laughing with them as they look back on their failures. 

Yesterday, I heard a piece of new advice. Something that can be put to use now and makes a lot of sense. It involves one simple thing: a glass bowl filled with individual candy. 

This particular man, a producer and editor for a nightly news program, suggested making an investment (what can candy and a bowl cost after all?) and placing it on your desk. Why? Well then when a senior producer walks by, the glittering gold of the Snickers wrapper will inevitably catch his eye. He will then realize that this little piece of candy is the perfect remedy to his afternoon slump. But how will he get this candy? He must introduce himself! Next thing you know, he’s telling his buddy down the hall that the intern has free candy and in a flash you’re making new friends and connections! 

I’ve repeatedly heard the same tips- keep in touch with contacts, be eager (but not too eager) to take on any task no matter how big or small, remember people’s names, etc… but never before has someone mentioned something as simple as a candy dish! So I wanted to share it with all of you.

What a way to make a livin’

Although I feel like I have no time to sit down and write, I know that if I don’t now then I never will. The reason? So much keeps happening I cannot keep track of it all and eventually, it will all just fly away from me! So let’s do this.

Monday came around and it was time for my first day of the internship. It was great to meet the other interns for the summer and everything I heard made me really excited for the next ten weeks. After work, I hopped the subway for the Taste of Times Square. With booths from around Times Sqaure lining Restaurant Row and flaunting their best food, I had a tough decision to make.

Thankfully, my residence sold discounted tickets to the event so we got 2 for 1. Still, deciding how to spend my ten tickets was no easy feat. I started with a Kung Pao Nacho from iconic Ruby Foos followed by this Eggplant Parmesean from Carmines.That wasn’t all. I also got some Junior’s Cheesecake and this amazing BBQ Chicken slider from a restaurant I don’t remember. This may be a good thing because I’m pretty sure I would end up there often. Of course, I had bites of my companion’s goodies along the way. One of my favorites? DOUBLE TREE COOKIES! Thank goodness Alex was in the mood for a cookie because I really wanted one of these but ran out of tickets. I’m telling you people- if you’ve never had them, order a tin right now.

Needless to say, I left this event full! But the eating didn’t end there. Me and Alex had a Yelp event to attend- country club style. Here, instead of lots of little tents there was one HUGE tent stuffed with just as much amazing food and drinks. This time though? No tickets needed! It was all absolutely free and delicious. Needless to say, I have never ate so much in one night.This was just a great culinary experience out on Randall’s Island with fun people and lively atmosphere. From carnita tacos served by the Taco Truck, to pizza from Slice, not to mention a key lime delight from Two Little Red Hens, I wish I had pictures to share but it might just make you really really jealous.

Tuesday was just as exciting, but in a different way. I got to go into work where I fell even more in love with my job and got the opportunity to attend a screening of the upcoming movie Cyrus later that evening. It’s not your typical Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly movie but it’s worth checking out if you’re into more Indie-type films. The best part about it for me was that it was only 90 minutes long so I was guaranteed to stay awake. Afterwards me, another intern, and a producer headed to McGee’s to talk about the movie. It’s the Irish bar where McLaren’s from How I Met Your Mother is based off of. I was happy.

Today brought lots of excitement, like always. The highlight? Lunch at The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English. Not only did I get to meet him, I got to indulge in an amazing sushi roll and take in the atmosphere. This place is located really close to where I work and I will no doubt be frequenting here quite often for lunch. It’s like heaven in a food market. Tonight, we had our first “class” for my school of the summer. Some interns from UM joined together to listen to a speaker and catch up on our internships. I can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday and that means that weekend anticipation is starting to build…