Channeling My Inner Buddha in Spain

by Sarah

I initially meant this to be a comparison of bellies.  I find Spanish food irrisistable and my Godmother Mary Anne and her daughter Laura fattened me up while I was in Madrid for a week.  Upon my arrival they ensured I ate meat (indeed I do — I just don´t feel an emotional connection to cows) and then brought me to Segovia, where we feasted on lamb and suckling pig — the most tender meats to ever touch my tongue — at a restaurant called Casa Hilaria.

Other meals were more animal rights friendly.  Laura’s husband Miguel used his new 1,000 euro blend the likes of Gazpacho and Salmorejo, every night and I licked the bowls.  Between that and his vegetable paella I decided I will either marry a Spanish chef or live an unfulfilled life.

A homemade paella feast to please my tummy. If anyone knows a Spanish chef looking for a wife, please call.

But, aside from food, I have also felt a shift in my inner peace since arriving in Spain. Throughout my trip in Europe I have felt myself calming down and savoring life in a way my Manhattan self was unable. Spain has heightened these internal changes. As my old self, if you had held my dinner until 9:30pm, I would have made you regret the delay through snarled teeth.  I am now able to peacefully sip a cold drink, leisurely enjoy conversation with friends and happily wait until the Spaniards — infamously late dinners that they are — are ready to eat. And siestas? Yes, please. A mid afternoon nap provides a surprising amount of internal peace. I know I will become antsy with this schedule in due time. But for now, I am relishing in my times of peace.


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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One Response to Channeling My Inner Buddha in Spain

  1. Julie Hauser says:

    Ah, my little Bailey Buddha!

    So glad to see your restless soul finding peace… in Spain! I’ll see you soon, I hope?

    Your Barcelona-bound Buddha,

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