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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

It's a Sign

Wheylona is a self proclaimed "gringa" living in Donostia. And she got a full force belly laugh from me with this post.

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  • Erin, that was funny...

    By Anonymous AdriftAtSea, at 7:41 PM  

  • Hola Erin. I'm a salmantino, I just discovered your blog while looking for what spices go into chorizo. Isn't this Internet thing truly amazing?

    I have spent a couple of hours reading all your posts and I would like to thank you. Lately I have found myself pondering about leaving Salamanca for a "thrice my current salary" job in the UK or US. And your "been there, done that" perspective has been a stark but nice reminder about how good and fulfilling my current life is here.

    I'll mutter a "gracias" as I cross the puente romano on my way to work.

    By Anonymous lrb, at 12:37 PM  

  • Hi Irb! Thanks for the comment!

    (Oh and "de nada" - I heard you as you crossed the puente.)

    Guess it all depends if what you want out of life is a big salary. They´re nice to have; I just don't want one at any price. :)

    When the company I worked for was bought out by a bigger Spanish firm in Madrid, they tempted me with a big fat job in Madrid. And in the end I knew the drop in quality of life would be huge, and would never be made up (for me) by what little more I'd make even in Madrid.

    I'm convinced we can have enough to live as we want AND live in Salamanca, Irb, if we're smart about it. You think?

    Hope to see you here again. I like being kept honest by Salmantinos...

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 4:56 PM  

  • Ib,
    don´t pay attention to WWoman advice. She plays in advantage for several reasons:
    - she is an american, so she doesn´t care with losing her job
    - she has already experienced a successful job in her "previous" life (and present too)

    What is more, I can´t believe she is telling you not to test new things.
    Ok, money doesn´t exist for WWoman but she is always taking risks: traveling, meeting people, working by her own, doing diferent things...

    (Perdón por mi bad english)

    By Blogger Nomadita, at 6:19 PM  

  • I know Dan, wasn't that a funny little post? I loved it.

    lrb I forgot to ask - did you find out what spices go into chorizo?

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 6:19 PM  

  • Oh, yes, I intended to make some "chichas" (fried fresh chorizo meat) from raw pork for my wife and ended up using:
    Garlic, cummin, paprika (both sweet and hot), oregano and salt.

    It wasn't as good as real chichas because:
    a) I didn't find any quantities and it was my first time trying this
    b) You have to let the meat marinate in the spices for 24 hrs at least, not just 2.
    c) I later asked my mother in law (who makes real chorizos every year) and she told me I should have added nutmeg and some red wine.

    By Anonymous lrb, at 8:53 PM  

  • About my drive for adventuring or lack of it, the thing is that I am perfectly well at Salamanca, and I have fought hard/been lucky enough to be able to stay here.

    But then, I go visit some friends at, say, Oxfordshire and I love the place and see that they are hiring people with my profile for obscene amounts of money...

    But these posts made me remember the guys in suits and ties in the Oxford-Birmingham train, churning out reports and code in their laptops on their hour and a half commute, and compared that to my very pleasant walk to work...

    By Anonymous lrb, at 9:07 PM  

  • I laughed when I looked at my stats and figured the person in Salamanca who found me through Matthew at The Big Chorizo, was you, lrb, looking for your recipe.

    Hmm, I wrote all that down for future use, although I don't think I am up to chorizo yet. I have a friend who conveniently supplies her mother's chorizo and morcilla and membrillo after every trip to the pueblo. I HAVE decided I am going to make membrillo this year. I start out easy. :)

    By Blogger wandering-woman, at 8:04 PM  

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