Yesterday was our culture class's paella lunch, lead by Ana and our class who made tapas since we weren't going to be able to eat until 1:30 or 2:00. Tapas are basically appetizers, usually some kind of small sandwich or tortilla (not mexican tortilla, this is a sort of egg and potato loaf), that come on a small plate on top of your first drink at a bar or cafe. The story is that the king was sick of everyone getting pretty wasted after just a few drinks, and decided that drinking on an empty stomach was the cause. So he said that the first drink had to come with a little bit of free food. Tapas can also be any kind of small snack used to hold you over until the main meal is served. So yesterday we made tapas to eat at 10:30 and then cooked paella (pah-AY-ya) at 12:30.
Paella is basically a huge pan of rice, usually cooked over a small fire on the ground. It has a ton of vegetables and it's pretty oily. The caf usually makes it every Sunday, but Ana's was way better with fresh rosemary and seasonings. 

After the paella we all got melon and ice cream and had the afternoon off from classes. Today is back to normal and tomorrow is clausura, our "graduation" from ACA. I'm sure more pictures will be coming soon!
grandma
5/16/2013 02:00:55 am

The Paella looks pretty good, Shelby. Are you bringing home a Paella pan so we can make some? I'm looking forward to more pictures.

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Sheri Seibold
5/16/2013 10:23:07 am

I think I would like Anna's paella better too, it looks great! Now you are ready to graduate. Wow, here it is! Can't wait to see and hear all about that. Make sure you get some photos with your wonderful teachers and those good kids you hang with. love you much, Mom

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