December 9th "Guests in a small apartment; Rain"
Having a one bedroom apartment means your entertaining options at home
are fairly limited. A good thing that custom in Spain differs from the
U.S. and other countries where having guests at home is more of a common
practice. Still, when you have family in town and you are trying to get
your family together with your significant other's family you have little
choice. So we managed to fill our kitchen/living room/dining room/office
(it's all one room!) with 8 people, even thought it required pulling out
everything that could pass for a chair. We prepared with two trays of
little pastries from San Buenaventura, a few pots of coffee and a lot
of cleaning. All went well, but I must say I'm happy not to do this that
braved 5 days of rain with my mom without much of a problem. Of help was
the fact that she's been here maybe 10 times, so the regular tourist agenda
didn't force us to be out in the street every day, taking in the sites.
We did spend plenty of time shopping for gifts to send back home with
her. We bought as many as we could in the malls and dry places, but we
always ended up somewhere around Tetuan and Sierpes trying (unsuccessfully)
to keep from getting wet.