Friday, May 15, 2015

Final House Tour

In case you missed it yesterday, Tim and I said goodbye to our first home as a married couple this week.
I most definitely cried like a baby when we locked our door for the last time and left.  There was plenty of stuff that we won't miss about this place, but overall, we loved our little condo and will miss it like crazy!  We've had a ton of great memories over the last six years, and will forever miss the convenient location.  We learned a lot of DIY and about home ownership here, but there's still a lot left to learn!
We made some amazing friendships here;  I'll miss living ten feet away from one of the greatest girls, Lara!  I loved all the impromptu wine nights with all the girls in the building, and the monthly neighbor get together.  We really built a little neighborly community in our building, and I'm already missing it!!

Here's a final walkthrough of our first home:

















Ahh, I'm going to miss this place so bad!!

You can find more photos, tours, and individual posts through our Emerald Home Tour page!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

We Moved!!!

Surprise!!
Tim and I secretly put our condo up for sale the day we left for Spain, got two offers the first day, and we closed yesterday!

It's been a whirlwind.

We honestly had 100% decided that we were going to spend another five years in our condo after not selling last summer (long story short, we had an offer, but it fell through when the buyer decided she had to have hard wood floors, which aren't allowed in our building.  By time we got back on the market, another unit in our building listed theirs for way way way below our asking price because they had just had a baby and wanted to sell asap. Soooo, we just cut our losses and went off the market).

However, just a couple days before we left for Spain, Tim and I made a rash decision that we just wanted to sell now.  Our reasoning for staying put in the condo was that we had enough extra money now that we could travel a lot more often over the next few years while trying to save up for a down payment on the side.

But, as real life tends to get in the way, I've been actively working on quelling my anxiety, and traveling, as much as I absolutely love it, was starting to make me too anxious, so it just feels right for us to work towards buying a house instead.  While our travels have always been super important to us, the majority of our days are spent at home, and we want to find zen in our home and in our lives.  We have simply outgrown our beloved condo.  Our first home as a married couple. Tear!

We're now staying at my grandma's house in Edmonds while we look for a house/wait out the incredibly insane housing market that's happening in Seattle right now!  The commute sucks, but we love having all this space and natural light here!

TLDR version:  We are so happy to be moving on to the next chapter in our life!  Tomorrow I'll post a final house tour!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Segovia

On our last day of our vacation in Spain, we took a day trip to Segovia, a preserved medieval city. The original aqueduct that surrounds the city is still standing; how neat!  It was like a step back in time.  Segovia and its Aqueduct are UNESCO World Heritage Sites











































Hope you enjoyed the recaps from our ten year anniversary trip to Spain!!  Catch up with the rest of our trip to Spain below!



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Food Markets: Barcelona vs Madrid

One of the great things about traveling to another country is trying the local food!!  We were so excited because churros con chocolate are the traditional breakfast in Spain...not saying no to that!


Xurreria provides churros for a lot of the local cafes, so we had to stop by and try the goods! Delicious!



We got cafe con leche and churros every morning.  We didn't always get the dipping chocolate, because I wasn't really a fan.  
Tapas bars were the way to eat!  There were a couple different ways they worked; at some bars, you just grabbed whatever you wanted from trays and then paid for how many toothpicks you have on your plate; at other places, you just ordered whatever tapas you wanted.  
Drinks were cheap in Spain!!  Actually, all the food and drinks were really well priced.  Our food budget came in wayyyyy cheaper than the last time we were in Europe in London, Paris, and Rome!



Gin tonics (they don't bother with the "and!") are having a movement in Spain.  Lots of bars specialize in gin tonics with special add ins.  This cucumber combo was the best!
Our first night had to be toasted as it was our 10 year anniversary!!

You have probably heard of La Boqueria in Barcelona- it's a giant food market, much like Pike Place in Seattle.  A mix of farmer's market and small food stalls, it's very popular.  Madrid has a similar market, Mercado San Miguel, but the two were actually very very different!
La Boqueria was exactly what you'd expect and exactly what I just described above; mix of farmer's market and small food stalls.  It's the place to find fresh fruit juices, produce, and small bites such as quiches and empanadas.  










On the other hand, in Madrid, Mercado San Miguel is much more of a tapas market.  You can still find fresh fruit juices and produce, but it's a lot more of a gathering place for young professionals to grab a quick drink and tapas after work.  We loved it!  There were a lot of stalls all around the market where you could grab olives and small bites along with a drink. There were people standing around chatting and eating and having a good time!












Ahhhhhh all the olives!!!!! Heaven!!!!
Vermouth is also having a fun moment of fame in Spain, but more in Barcelona and the Catalan areas. It's meant to be enjoyed in the early afternoon with lunch, and is often on draft.  We tried a glass with a plate of olives at the market, and they complemented each other perfectly, although it would be a hard drink to acquire a taste for!
Personally, we both thought Mercado San Miguel was awesome!

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