When in Spain you drink a lot of sangria and eat tapas and paella. Ayana and I signed up for a cooking class where we learned how to make these two quintessential meals. For only 18 Euros, we learned to make it, and then ate as much as we wanted afterward.
We are joined by Kevin, Hannah and Susie, all three from the hostel we were staying at. We started off by making sangria. Wine, sugar, lemon, oranges, apples, and a brandy or rum and a carbonated drink like soda all make up the mixture.
Once we had the sangria to ‘fortify’ us, Carla, our instructor, began to make the paella. On this night: seafood paella.
Unlike Thailand where I made the food myself, Carla did most of the the cooking. But I did get a chance to put my touch on the dish by stirring the pan for 20 ‘fortified’ minutes while the rice cooked.
After dinner Ayana, Susie, Hannah and I sat in the bar and drank the rest of the sangria. They are two 18 year olds from Austrailia, just finished high school and are off on a gap year all around Europe. They will travel and work in Europe for their year and then head home. Great girls and great company!
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