Buenas Tapitas!!

Cristian Gutierrez
May 2, 2015

Now that I’m in my final month of study abroad here in Madrid, I can say with confidence I have fully adapted to the tapas culture here in Spain. It’s a way of life I’m going to greatly miss when I go back to the states.

Tapas are all about sampling many different types of food, because tapas are small dishes, they are meant to be shared by everyone at the table. In addition, it’s a necessity to either be drinking wine or sangria in accompany with your tapas.

In reality tapas is more a way of life; it’s all about enjoying the many culinary cuisines Spain has to offer. I would argue it’s even more important to enjoy the company of good friends and family during tapas. It’s not strange to hop around many different tapas bars in one night, which something I greatly enjoy. The Spanish aren’t on any schedule; rather they cherish their time and aspire to always have a good time.

I admire this about the people and tapas culture here in Spain. I will make it my goal to be more easy going when I’m back home and I will really try to just appreciate my life. I highly recommend attending a tapas crawl if you’re lucky enough to visit Madrid in the future. Until then take a breather and enjoy wherever home is for you currently!!

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Cristian Gutierrez

<p>Born and raised under the bright lights of Chicago, I was under the influence that I had seen it all. After my first trip abroad I was hooked, and I realized I couldn&rsquo;t of been more wrong. With a thirst for adventure I&rsquo;ve set out to explore the unknown during my summers off from school. My travels have taken me from ancient pyramids in Mexico to remote rainforests in Costa Rica, and now Spain is next up on the destination list. I can&rsquo;t wait for my time abroad and here I plan to document all valuable experiences and insights about my journey in Spain. Hala Madrid!&nbsp;</p>

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