2011 : un chollo

It was my friend Daniel who introduced me to the word. As I described my new English-teaching duties, his eyes grew wide. Only 16 hours a week? With insurance? And Fridays off, to boot? There was no doubt about it–“Es un chollo!”

“What’s a chollo?” I asked. He explained, but I would learn soon enough. Chollo is something positive, almost too-good-to-be-true. It can mean a “steal,” or, as wordreference defines it, a “cushy job.”

Sí señor, my job is squarely up there on the chollo-meter. There were rough patches but overall 2011 was a string of amazing chollos. For example:

enero / comenzando el año con un visitante, un viaje a Oporto y un viaje a Santiago

Ringin’ in the new year in Madrid

Umbrella-wielding in Porto, Portugal

A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela


febrero / finde en Zaragoza  y un viaje de un día a Aranjuez

The basilica in Zaragoza

Stately Aranjuez

marzo / Semenario Fulbright en Pamplona y luego a Valencia

Pamplona’s Plaza del Castillo

Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences

abril / al norte de España y luego Semana Santa en Escandinavia

Rugged Comillas, in northern Spain


Freezing in Helsinki

Easter mass in Estonia

mayo / Irlanda con Elana y Christina

Howth, Ireland

Iconic Dublin

junio / un día en Ávila y la visita de los ‘rents

Santa Teresa’s hometown

At Madrid’s Museo Sorolla

julio / Pasándolo bien en Palma (y currando de vez en cuando)

Welcoming campers to Palma de Mallorca

Weekend sight-seeing at Cala San Vicenç

agosto / dos semanas en un monasterio entre murciélagos, fantasmas y buena companía

True Life: I live in a monastery

Our gang (Uclés Uclés!)

septiembre / Córdoba con Cindy y Antonio

In the Mezquita

Almodóvar del Río

octubre / la esperada vuelta al insti y un viaje a Consuegra

Halloween par-tay

Windmill tourism in Consuegra

noviembre / un viaje a Bilbao y el día de acción de gracias

Boardwalk, Bilbao-style

Authentic Thanksgiving dinner

diciembre / vacacciones en los EEUU despues de 15 meses en España


One for the Christmas card

2011, you chollo you!

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  1. un chollo, indeed! What a great year!

  2. Your photos are gorgeous! You too. It looks like a great year.

  3. Cassandra


    @Kaley–thanks and thanks! It was a terrific 12 months.

  4. Christina

    My favorite post yet! What a chollo indeed! Wish I could keep living the chollo life with you.

    • Cassandra

      Ojala!! Algun dia…. until then, I’m glad you were a part of my year!

  5. What an incredible year!! Your photos are making me incredibly nostalgic – I spent a year in Barcelona, and always wish I had never left 🙂 Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories of my time living and traveling throughout Spain!

  6. Toma! I resolve to make my 2012 just as chollorific as your 2011.

  7. Cassandra

    @Alyse–Thanks! I am already nostalgic about 2011, and it just ended!

    @Shana–I’m gonna make it my resolution to bring the words “chollo-meter” and “chollorific” into the new year.

  8. I love all of these and am excited to have made the post!! 🙂 It looks like you had a great and adventurous year!

  9. Cassandra

    I’m so glad I got to see you, if only for a little while. Also, I meant to write and say the banner on your site looks great, thanks!

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