One of the reasons why I am always broke is because I spend all my money in food. It looks like if I was following a Master's in bars in Madrid.
But yesterday I spent my money in this beautiful thing. It is called Anorak and it is an English magazine for children, full of nice stuff and illustrations. They have a blog but they don't publish as many things as you can find in the print edition.
Christine and Justin paint things that they want to buy and then sell the paintings for the price of that thing. Then they buy it and upload a picture on their website, showing that they have achieved their purpose.
After their success, they have gone further and started a social project. This time, the money that they earn with the sale of their paintings is invested in humanitarian causes.
When I went inside this place I felt like if I was in a tale of Charles Dickens.
Living in London is a shop and tea room in Madrid. Besides being able to choose among diverse English products (such as jam, chocolate, tea, biscuits or even homemade cakes) you can enjoy a very nice cup of tea at the back of the place. I am a fan of those granny cups!
Furthermore, part of the profits goes to social projects in Africa, which makes it a better reason to stop by.
This is one of my latest discoveries. The blog of Anna Aden is full of beautiful Nordic landscapes and portraits. I love the light in each of her pictures and the way they make you feel when you look at them.
I am still trying to decide which of them is gonna be my new wallpaper. Yes, I am obsessed with Sweden this Autumn, as you can notice here.
Autumn is great. But rainy Sundays in Autumn are one of the greatest things ever.
I am already settled in Madrid (for already one month and a half) and loving it more than I expected. Two Sundays ago we walked around the city, since the weekend is the only time we are totally free.
Our day started in La Latina and the weekly market, El Rastro, which (kind of) disappointed me... therefore we changed our way and walked to Mercado de San Miguel and the surroundings of Plaza Mayor, where we had a few tapas.
We passed by Palacio de Oriente (I am quite ashamed to admit that was my first time there) and started our coffee rutes: La mantequería and La cocina de mi vecina. And the last one has become one of my favourite coffee places in town! Coffees, fresh juices, healthy food, nice staff, a blackboard where everyone can write suggestions (such as songs, films or books) and an environment that definitely reminded me of a typical Nordic cafe (that big wooden table!) Try the apple cake if you have the chance!
This morning I was shown Cafe Paris, located inside the French Institute and... what to say? The decoration and the light reminded me of the typical Belgian or Dutch cafes I used to visit a lot while living there. And I specially liked the terrace in the garden!
Besides having a nice breakfast with fresh juices and French patisserie, you can also try some of the quiches they have at the bar among other typical Spanish things. Furthermore, the menu of the day sounds so tasty!
And to finish our stay in Macedonia, we went to Ohrid, where although it wasn't high season, we had a great time.
We ate (again) great food at a kafeana, drank 2912719 liters of rakia and went up the hill and enjoyed the amazing views. We partied at a house on top of the hill and played Jamiroquai as loud as we could while wearing flannel shirts and nobody shut us up.
These things happen once-in-a-lifetime. Again... thanks!
Our second stop in this trip through the Balkans was Skopje, in Macedonia.
The days there were full of typical Communist buildings, super tasty homemade Balcanic food, ostrich and white beans as a snack :) Turkish bazars, fortresses and mountains. Great terraces, frappés and kikirikis. Simonas and Simonkeys and cats that fall in love with people. Taxis for 1 euro, rakia and explosive cocktails.
Skopje is worth a visit and we couldn't have a better hostess... THANKS, Simona Simonkey :)