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The Barcelona Cathedral

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure in Spain would be a trip to Barcelona to wet my global appetite along with a visit to the Barcelona Cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona's famous Gothic neighborhood. 

It was now late morning following one of the most significant events for me here in Spain.  Joy filled my soul after having received the great privilege of officially entering into Spain's healthcare system with the help of my favorite girl Caty!  

What better way to celebrate this day than heading straight into Barcelona to treat our bellies to that Asian food I had been hankering for this past month and a half.  Unlike a lot of the other villagers I had met (who never strayed far from the Spanish diet), Caty had a very global appetite like myself!  

On this day Japanese noodles were calling our name, and Caty took us straight to the Barcelona port to enjoy the perfect answer to my soy and fish sauce cravings.  I hadn't been thinking much of what I missed home until days like this.   Back home in the U.S.A. I could eat my way around the world all in one day with the variety of cuisines offered on every street corner.  Thankfully, in a short 20 minutes by car from the wine village, I could enjoy the same luxuries in the fabulous city of Barcelona.  

After getting our soy fix, Caty and I hit the streets of Barcelona to roam free and see the sights.  One of my favorites, aside from the interesting street art that filled the streets during siesta hour in Spain (when all of the storefronts have their artistically drawn front gates closed down), was the Barcelona Cathedral.  This Cathedral as beautiful as it is should not be confused with Sagrada Família, which is a large church by Antoni Gaudí.  

On this magical day of celebration, Caty and I would have the privilege of entering this beautiful building free of charge due to a Barcelona holiday that I currently cannot recall.  What I do remember, however, is the magnificence of this Gothic splendor situated in the Pla de la Seu located near the center of Barcelona's Gothic neighborhood (or Barri Gòtic).  The Barcelona Cathedral is hands down one of the most beautiful buildings in the Gothic district of Barcelona.  I've read that on Saturday's at 6:30 pm or Sunday's at noon people gather here to dance the Sardana (a traditional dance of Catalunya that should not be missed if possible).   I had the pleasure of seeing this happy dance on another occasion in the country of Andorra where the locals also speak in the native spoken tongue of Catalan.  Picture Spaniards joining hands to a circle arms raised as they perform precise small dance steps in unity with one another.  It's quite the experience.

Today, however, I would happily snap as many photographs as I could while reveling in the beauty of this peaceful sanctuary dominating the heart of Barcelona's famous Gothic neighborhood directly bordering another favorite area in Barcelona called La Rambla.  

As we zig-zagged our way through the tiny narrow streets and alleys of the city, we were stopped in our tracks by the powerful voice of a man singing in the streets of Barcelona.  My friend Caty having grown up in the city of Barcelona told me that stumbling upon a gift like this could be one of her favorite surprises due to the nature of the narrow alleyways in Barcelona which made for amazing natural acoustics.  I couldn't have agreed more!  We enjoyed this streetside entertainment along with the rest of our stroll back to the car on this perfect day in Barcelona.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Receiving a tiny miracle today called Spanish healthcare

Tiny Adventure in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure in Spain was receiving a tiny miracle called Spanish healthcare!  

I had called Spain home for a mere month and a half.  Today, nothing short of a small miracle (delivered by the kindest Spanish Angel named Caty) shined itself down on me.    

You see, I had a genuine love-hate relationship with health insurance back home in the U.S.A.  As a self-employed American artist, it was a struggle to maintain and pay for this necessity on an unpredictable creative salary.  The need for health insurance was the primary reason leading to the demise of my spirit.  I became forced to ignore my artistic work which filled my heart and soul to find full-time employment for health coverage.   

Because of the unaffordable health-care back home, I found myself herding my way through a corporate day job to maintain coverage to see a doctor or to protect myself from a potential health scare.  When I first spoke with a friend about traveling abroad, this was one of the first topics that pushed me straight into the direction of leaving the U.S.A.  My friend was telling me about the stellar health care provided in many parts of the world at a fraction of the cost we paid in the U.S.A.  As a dual citizen of Ireland, I had the privilege of calling anywhere in Europe home (with my second passport) and one of the main reasons I ultimately decided on moving to Spain.  

I am happy to say that I have never been more satisfied with my health care. On this particular day, one of my sweet students (and now dear friend) Caty held my hand through the seamless paperwork necessary to enter into the healthcare system here in Spain.  Not only did I receive my medical card on the very same day, but I immediately saw a doctor for that nagging cough that had been lurking in my lungs since arriving into the country. 

I paid a small percentage of my paycheck each month to receive an incredible privilege from the Spanish government called Health Care while teaching English as a second language abroad.  I would later find out (According to this source) that the quality of the healthcare system in Spain ranks at number 6 compared to the U.S.A. ranking in at number 23.  

Well, thank you very much, Spain for all your kind hospitality.  I think I will continue to call you home for a very long while.  With this fabulous news before me, I proceeded to jump into the car with my friend Caty and celebrate the remainder of the day in the great city of Barcelona!  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Spanish cold remedies

Today's Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today I would be grateful to learn the healing secrets of Spain from all the wine villagers.  

Over the past month, I had been fighting a harsh cough that I could just not shake.  The heart of the cold came and went, but a cough just lingered and lingered.   

The only thing that makes me smile when I think of this terrible cough are all the Spanish cold remedies that it brought into my existence.  The people of Spain are so sweet and were always pulling me aside to share their healing wisdom with me in trying to defeat this beast in my lungs.  It must be the healing nature of the Spaniards, but they were all always so concerned with this torturous cough that seemed incurable during my first couple of months in Spain.  While this cough was very annoying, I enjoyed learning about all the potential remedies that might cure it once and for all.  

Two of my favorites were both the discovery of a natural ingredient called propolis and the power of a simple onion at nighttime.  

I read that Propolis or bee glue is a resinous mixture honey bees produce by mixing saliva and beeswax with a liquid gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources and used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive.  This natural ingredient apparently has healing remedies the same as our beloved honey does.  Bee Propolis - acts as powerful and natural antibiotic that may prevent the cell division of bacteria while also breaking down bacterial walls.  I had never heard of this ingredient before and went straight away to the ecological market to buy some up to tackle this cold.  I found it in a liquid form with a dropper top and used it as a hot tea remedy at nighttime.  I mixed a couple of propolis drops along with natural honey, thyme and hot water and it was fabulous for helping to soothe my cough symptoms.  

The second remedy I learned from any Spanish Grandma that could get their hands on me to tell me was...the power of a good old-fashioned white onion.  Yes, folks!  A white onion.  Just peeled and cut in half  (to reveal its pungent power) and placed in a shallow bowl with a small amount of water on a bedside table throughout the night.  As soon as an onion has been cut, it will begin to absorb bacteria.  Windows and doors must all be closed for white onion can do its business on your respiratory system.   This remedy is apparently nothing new by European healing standards and was used to successfully fight off the plague in Europe back in the early 1900s.  Onions are rich in sulfur-containing which is a powerful detox element and helps the body to release toxins, in particular for the liver. 

The onion is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to thin the blood, lower cholesterol, ward off blood clots, and fight asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections and linked to inhibiting certain types of cancer.

So, with all that said, I had a great many lessons in natural healing here in Spain and felt so appreciative of all the loving remedies presented to me during this time.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Facebook you stallion!

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure was discovering that Facebook was a stallion with its new video and audio call feature, allowing me to work through a case of bad wardrobe shock with my fashion designer friend in the U.S.A. all for free!

Today I would discover something that brought Facebook to an entirely new level for me.  As I sat home perusing all the incredible things my loved ones were doing on Facebook, low and behold, my computer started ringing!  What is going on, I thought!  I scrambled to figure out why the ringing and it only took a second for me to see one of my absolute favorite people's names, alongside a telephone icon all coming straight from my Facebook page.  It said, "Mona is calling."  Wow, this must have been my lucky day!  I clicked accept and for the next 30 minutes or so would enjoy hearing the clear happy voice of my beautiful friend from sunny Colorado over this free internet connection.  Incredible!  

Suddenly, I felt the same enthusiasm as Kip from Napoleon Dynamite when he sang his "I love technology" vows to his new bride on their wedding day.

Insert clip of Kip "I love technology" here

This new Facebook feature was fantastic!  For all of you who have loved ones far from where you call home, this Facebook video or audio call feature is incredible.  It's free (in a wifi environment, otherwise it will eat up your data minutes) and in all of my experiences, the calls have been clear as day.  

I do realize that Skype has been around for quite some time, but honestly, as someone who NEVER uses Skype, I would miss any caller that could be trying to reach me on this application.  Simply, because I never have the app open.  Facebook, on the other hand, is something I enjoy having open almost all the time and would be hard pressed to miss a call from a loved one here.  Perfecto!  I was feeling the love for all this new technology and so happy to hear the voice of one of my favorite chicas in the whole world to boot.  

Mona (my fashion designer friend) was the perfect person to call at this moment because it was at the time when I was starting to miss having a sense of style (due to my clothing options all being stuck back home in the U.S.A. at my brother's house).  I've spoken of my 10 day departure from the U.S.A. before.  I left home in such a hurry that my plan was to have my brother ship all (that was near and dear to me) in the mail.  However, not so fast, according to my brother, who had come upon all sorts of red tape when trying to process the shipping online from the U.S.A. to Spain.  I never saw this problem coming. Something about shipments coming from the U.S.A. to Spain got blocked in Madrid at the customs office like each package carried the black plague itself. From here, if the items made it through the strict customs office, they would get taxed like crazy by the Spanish government.  It felt like a lose-lose situation leading to a severe case of bad wardrobe shock experienced by yours truly. 

Luckily, on this day I could cry on my fashion designer friend's shoulders about my fashionista blues, all for free, thanks to Facebook.  After a brainstorm session with my girl Mona, I would decide that an online shopping spree was necessary for me to properly introduce myself as a stylish creative person to this new fabulous culture.   

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

42-year old cheek pinching in Spain!

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure in Spain was plaza hopping from restaurant to restaurant and getting my 42-year old cheeks pinched by an adorable Spanish Grandpa while enjoying a cafe con leche in the wine village.  Enlightening me that maturity wasn't my strong suit.  

I was ending the first week of February and decided it was time to reunite myself with the sliced duck and oranges tapa that made my heart sing at a dramatic Soprano pitch with every sweet and savory bite.  This tapa brought to perfection shared alongside a cold Spanish beer while sitting in the town center on this beautiful Sunday.   

Before this treat, I had myself a morning cafe con leche at another cafe in the plaza (or city center).  As I sat there and drank my coffee, a very adorable Spanish grandpa approached me and proceeded to grab my cheeks while pinching them and called me Guapa (pretty).  I cracked up!  42 years old and still getting my cheeks pinched.  I thought this was very sweet, and done in such a way that made me fall even more in love with Spaniards of all generations.  Just after having my 42-year old cheeks pinched something became glaringly apparent to me on this day.   I realized maturity was probably not in this Gringas forecast for the foreseeable future.  Ha-Ha!  I never understood the type of person who prides themselves on growing up so fast.  What for?  I couldn't imagine life any more exciting living it from the perspective of maturity!  Ha-ha.  

I came home to end this lovely day while sitting on a park bench in the front of my building.  I thought to just breath in life while taking in this incredibly inspiring view.  The only idea that came to me from here was "What a beautiful day and a wonderful life I have begun!"   

Insert home video of my view here for those of you reading this offline: 


Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

This little piggy went to market

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today's tiny adventure in Spain would land me in the center of the Saturday village market where all the Spaniards gathered with woven hand baskets and rolly carts to shop local for the week. 

There is nothing I love more than walking and exploring a new city, village or place.  It never gets old to me, it doesn't cost a dime, and most importantly, it's ALWAYS an adventure.  Every turn is a discovery.   The same walk on a different day will always present different people and different events.  

I had walked up and down what seemed like the central pedestrian walk in this tiny wine village many times over this past month, but on this Saturday morning, I would discover the streets lined with market items all branching from this very spot. You see, it's all about timing!   Getting up a little earlier on this day and taking this stroll on a Saturday brought me an entirely new experience.  Well, nothing makes my day more than that!    

Here, the morning began very still and quickly turned into the hustle and bustle of Spaniards from all ages carrying their woven hand baskets for shopping or wheeling along their rolly carts filled to the brim with fresh local meat and produce.  I enjoyed poking around at the variety of Spanish meats, cheeses and huge tubs of olive variations.  Anything from cactus to cooking pots lined the streets.  I found casual clothing, undergarments, and neck scarves that went on for days.  There were a couple of organic vendors whom I continued to build a relationship with each week from here on out.  I would continue to take great pleasure in buying local, organic produce from this Saturday market on a weekly basis.  I loved the rich smell of the portable chicken rotisseries where spinning chickens would fill my nostrils with happy glory.  Here I could buy a fully cooked rotisserie chicken and potatoes for only about 7 Euros when the carnivore in me needed a pollo (chicken) fix.  A great go to lunch or dinner on any given Saturday with friends.    

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Temporary situations can be our greatest teacher!

Tiny Adventures In Spain:  Today's tiny adventure in Spain would teach me that sometimes the temporary things we do along our life journey can profoundly fill our hearts and be our greatest teacher.  

Anyone who knows me, knows I love both listening to and telling a killer story! Well, who knew that would come in so handy while teaching English in my new tiny wine village in Spain?  On most days, you could find me in any given classroom performing a ridiculous enactment of the storylines from my English textbooks.  It wouldn't be uncommon for me to act out virtually any vocabulary word that crossed my path while teaching English.  This asinine behavior brought all of us closer as a class.  

Picture me in a preposition lesson where I am diving "under" the table or jumping "into" the hallway from the classroom.  I'm certain my students probably still get a good laugh from the way I would push the limits of my acting within the classroom.  These over exaggerated lessons allowed us all to have a ball while learning.   In my humble opinion, everything is better when you are having fun (especially learning)!  I admit I am a bit of a ridiculous human being, so I am sure my students did not know what to make of me at first, but the shenanigans quickly turned into true student/teacher love.  

It was now the beginning of February.  It seemed like special moments and bonds with my students were becoming more of a commonplace in my daily experience here in Spain.  On this day, I shared another heartwarming teacher/student moment with one of my students of the cava (Spanish champagne) companies.   Following one of my lessons, the student turned to me and told me that I must have been a teacher in the U.S.A. because I took my time to explain things very well.  I loved hearing these kind words because I wanted so badly to be doing a good job on this new journey in Spain. 

I came to Spain to heal my soul, unleash my hidden wanderlust and to begin a new journey with writing.  My biggest drive to come, however, was to figure out how to become a mobile creative person.  This job teaching English was only supposed to be the thing that got me here to figure the rest out.   Low and behold, it turned into the thing that got me out of my own way and focused on others (and what a relief that was).  It also turned out that I was pretty good at this new thing and loved doing it.  I later found out that my sign Sagittarius is astrologically a good candidate for teaching because of our fun, exciting nature and our optimist approach.  Well, what do you know!  The Universe was at it again and guiding me as I instinctively followed my heart into this new adventure abroad.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Allow yourself to receive

Tiny Adventures in Spain: Today's tiny adventure happened online when a sister from another mister posted a cool app on Facebook where I was prompted to draw an oracle card reminding me of the power of receiving (one of the three crucial steps in the Law of Attraction).  

On this day while surfing Facebook, I came across a cool app prompting me to draw an oracle card which would provide me an answer to any life question of my choosing.  I learned that an oracle card unlike tarot cards are less structured and provide answered based around a theme (like romance or healing).  There is more room for divine guidance to shape your reading according to this source here.  I can't for the life of me remember the question asked on this day.  Somehow though, I still haven't forgotten the answer.  It was such a powerful reminder (one that is paramount for truly creating a life you love using the law of attraction) and a lesson I still struggle with to this very day.  The oracle card I drew was a reminder to receive.    Here is what is said:

"You give so much, but now it’s your turn. Heaven can only answer your prayers—and people can only assist you—to the degree that you will allow yourself to be helped.   So, it’s time to allow yourself to receive.

You can feel better about receiving by remembering these three spiritual truths:

  1. God wants you, and everyone, to be happy, safe, and provided for.  In order for this to happen, you’ll need to allow support to come to you.
  2. You, like everyone, deserve to be happy. Aren’t you happier when the people around you are happy? Well, the same applies to you, too.
  3. The more you allow yourself to receive, the more you’ll have available to give."

Wow, this reminder was such a gift, and later I would find out receiving (what we ask for) is the third most important ingredient to successfully using the law of attraction.  The law of attraction states you must set firm intentions (ask the Universe what you wish for), believe wholeheartedly that this thing is already yours (know it will show up at just the right time after taking inspired actions toward receiving it), and then you must receive the abundance when it comes into your life.  

Most of us, myself being at the top of this list, have the hardest time with the receiving part of this life-changing formula.  I learned that if I don't receive life's (the Universe's) gifts as they come, then I break the momentum in my power to create the life I long for using the principles of the law of attraction.  Today's oracle card would prompt me to do some more thinking about this, and I hope this post will have you doing a little bit of the same.  Are you allowing yourself to receive life's gifts as they come to you?  If not, you could very well be one tiny step away from receiving the abundance that has been waiting to shower you with life's pleasures (that being your wildest of dreams).    

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

A golden teaching experience

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  Today my English students would teach me about fulfilling relationships, meaningful work and remind me just how unpredictable and beautiful life could be! 

It had been approximately one full month getting to know my English students now, and I must tell you that I loved every minute of my time with them as a first-time teacher of English. 

The administrative experience of first-time teaching was a wee different though;  it was what it might be like to be in the firing line of an exploding cannon.  The teacher I replaced at the Cultural Center had jumped ship without sharing any information about the students for her predecessor to come (yours truly).  That meant I went into this new job and career entirely blind in more ways than one.  Not knowing the levels of my students, the books they last used, and where they might be in those mystery books; all having me just a tiny bit stressed entering into this new adventure.   

I am fairly sure that I brought my roller coaster of residual stress from back home with me into the first month of teaching.  The pressure that I left the U.S.A. feeling didn't go away overnight.  Nonetheless, I probably shouldn't have expected to show up on the other side of the world and expect working conditions to be just like they were back home in the U.S.A (and who would want them to be, I was here for a new experience).   In most teaching situations abroad, it's not only your students who speak English as a second language (E.S.L.), but in most cases, your boss does as well (leading to a landslide of potentially misunderstood situations).   

Once I got past the explosive administrative situation, I honestly couldn't decide which of my students I loved most.  They were all so fabulous!  Teaching was a golden experience, with so many variations to it.  My youngest began as a pair of eight-year-olds, and eldest were wonderful folks on the verge of retirement.  I taught adults, teens, children, pre-teens, conversational English, business English and even directly to owners of smaller bodegas at the tiny little cultural center in the middle of wine country.  When I wasn't teaching at the cultural center, I would wonder from cava company to cava company (Spain's Champagne) teaching business English to their employees and executives.  

This job (minus some misunderstandings mentioned above) would go down in my books as one of the best experiences of my life to date.  I would have never thought, even six months before this day, that I would fast forward to selling everything and moving to Spain at 42 years old to start a new career as a teacher for the first time in my life.  And, I love that!  It's fantastic how unpredictable and beautiful life can be! These small classes of students would each become like mini families I enjoyed visiting once or twice a week at either the cava companies or in the cultural center.  For the first time, I felt like I had become a real student of life.     

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

Home cooked Spanish Tortilla de Patatas!

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  A dinner invite in Spanish wine country turns into a lesson in making Tortilla de Patatas!

I was now ending my first month in Spain and hey, wait a minute!  Was it the weekend again?  It was indeed, and guess what I had planned?  Another evening of stuffing my face with a fantastic home cooked meal at my beautiful friend Marianna's house.  I had been yapping up a storm about how impressed I was with the Pincho de Tortilla (to any Spaniard that would listen), which landed me this personal invitation to a home cooked version.  The restaurant version was similar to a pan-fried potato frittata, but in tapa form, and stabbed with a toothpick.  I enjoyed this tapa for the first time at a restaurant called Cafe Marisa in my small Catalan wine village a couple of weeks earlier.     

As soon as I realized that I could order this dish all around town in a sandwich version (Bocadillo de Tortilla), it became my "go to" along with the Bocadillo de Jamon (Cured Ham Sandwich) as I still struggled to interpret all the Spanish and Catalan written food menus in my Spanish village on a daily basis.  

There would be no struggle today, however, because I received a golden front row ticket.  Not only for the enjoyment of eating this lovely dish called Tortilla de Patatas but for also watching, front, and center, how Spaniards prepare this tasty potato and egg filled beauty at home.  Woohoo!  I was fascinated and counting down the moments until dinner time on this very day. 

As the clock struck dinner, I showed up around 8 pm and just like in the U.S. it's always nice to come with a bottle of wine or cava.  However, in this case, Marianna had a hankering for her favorite sweet treat that was found at a small family bakery on my way to her house that evening.  This desert brought me, and my new friend, jubilant post-dinner delight that night.  

Nothing, however, would plaster the grin on my face more than watching Virgili, our chef for the evening, working his magic with fresh, simple ingredients that we don't seem to cherish as much as we should back at home in the U.S.A.  Vegetable oil, eggs, potato, onions, salt, and pepper never came together in such harmony before!  

Step 1:  Start by sauteing sliced potatoes in vegetable oil until golden brown.  

Step 2: Add in the onions next for three additional minutes.  

Step 3:  Add in salt.  Please note, you will be hard-pressed to find a Spanish kitchen not stocked with a big container of quick access salt for cooking all meals. 

Step 4:  Beat three eggs with milk and add in to the mix.  Cook for ten minutes.

Step 5:  Continue to scrape the sides of the pan and gently pat the top with spatula while cooking to keep it from sticking to the sides of the pan and loosing it's shape. 

Step 6:  Here's the fun part, using a plate flip the Tortilla over onto the other side and cook for another ten minutes until finished. 

Viola!  Home-cooked Spanish Tortilla de Patatas!

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, The Bohemian Agent

 

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