SpainStudy Abroad

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Chocolate y Churros.

This Spanish custom deserves a post all to its own on my blog…  even a whole blog to its own, a website to its own, a tv series and film to its own, I’ll leave that to someone else.

Churros and chocolate just make sense.

& like discoteca-ing until the sun comes up, or sending heart-shaped emojis, they’re a vital part of the Spanish culture.

Salty, fried, chewy, carb-y  goodness, with warm, rich, creamy dark chocolate

You dip the fried pieces into your cup of chocolate

I see no wrong…

The first time I’d heard of chocolate and churros, it was the afternoon of our first day in Spain.

Our hotel in Madrid had small flyers to advertise the different deals and discounts around the city. The one I notice first is the one with the word chocolate (I mean that could be due to the font and colour contrast between the wording and background buttttt…)

2 churros GRATIS, cuando compras 1 chocolate” ,
the word gratis AND the word chocolate in the same sentence?

And the next night there I was

Chocolateria San Gine

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The most reputable chocolateria in Madrid, but their churros seemed kind of stale (lo siento)
Maybe because we were eating them at 10pm but……

Nothing could prepare me for the churros of Sevilla:
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Churreria Los Especiales

Walked into this churros hut on the Triana Bridge at 1am with my friend Anna and it was honestly one of the best decisions of my semester life

Churros more fresh than some vegetables our host mom made. These  made them right in front of you, steam wafting off the top and everything. Fine dining at its best.

Fluffy, crispy, golden, soft, and chocolate that was just the perfect amount of bitter. Plus, to top off all the unhealthy-ness, literally, they gave you sugar packets to dump on your churros.
My eyes were wide like pies the entire time. I was in carb and sugar heaven en el mismo tiempo.

As the semester went on I frequented this churro place a few more times.

Once with our study abroad group, an event created within my internship as a Cultural Liaison

And  time 2 & 3 post-nights of fiesta-ing.  AKA 6am.

I mean, that’s what this churro stand is made for.. that’s why it won’t be open when you walk past at 3pm, but you’ll be in a queue at 3am.

When you’re in Spain it’s the AM and you’re starving after too many chupitos and reggaeton dancing, you go to chocolate and churros.

Then, when I thought this churreria was the top of it all….

Very end of the semester, late-November, Juan told me we’re going to go eat churros. I scoffed, really? churros? Nooo los he comido muchísimas veces, ya lo sabia…

But mean a Sevillan is gotta know what he’s talking about, right?

So we go,

Chocolateria Virgin de los Reyes

I couldn’t believe it.

I was having churros for dinner at 8pm and it was la mejor cosa…

The most massive portion of chocolate.

Fluffy, crispy, content.

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Saved the best for last? I think so

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Back in Madrid for my flight out one month later, I couldn’t help but smile when passing by Chocolateria San Gine again. I decided to head in one last time.

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Gave it another chance, I mean sometimes you just gotta.

I realized my final food, my last dessert specifically, in Spain was chocolate calda, and now, I thought, things have officially come full circle.