Feliz Cumpleanos

Just another day in Madrid…except for the fact that it was Anne’s 29th birthday!

A run down of the day…

Anne wakes up and enjoys a walk with Abby and Kyle to meet her new friend, Rachel, for a ‘work date’ at a nearby Starbucks.  A cinnamon roll and chai are the perfect way to start the crisp, sunny morning and Anne is happy to get out of the apartment and make the most of the ‘pomodoro technique’ with Rachel.  The Pomodoro Technique is a pretty simple idea that has been Anne’s life saver working remotely in Madrid.  The general gist is that you set a timer (or use a handy widget on the desktop of your computer) for increments of 25 minutes with 5 minute breaks and a longer 20 minute break once you’ve done several rounds of 25/5 minute sets.  The purpose of setting a timer is to force you to focus on one thing for 25 solid minutes and take an intentional break before going back to work.  It’s the best thing ever!  And it’s even better when Rachel and Anne ‘pomodoro’ together because then they can be super productive with their work and still get to chat during every break!


Next, she makes a quick stop by the apartment to say hello to Kyle and Abby before going to lunch at El Azul de Fucar with her new friend, Erin. To her surprise, she was greeted not only by Erin, but also by a few other “IE partners” – Celeste (and her darling little girl Makenzie), Alison, and April. It’s tough to beat a lunch of pita and hummus, veggie quiche, topped off with carrot cake – especially sitting in a darling cafe with a group of amazing women!

The afternoon and evening were spent in the apartment on calls and the computer for work before heading to dinner at Isla del Tesoro with Cesar, Karina, Rachel, and Kevin. We enjoyed a fantastic dinner and great company!

After dinner we were off to a bar on Plaza dos de Mayos to meet up with several more of our new IE friends. A few rounds of cerveza and good conversation made the perfect end to a wonderful birthday in Madrid!

Not to mention the “midnight snack” (or 2am snack as it seems to go in Madrid…) of cupcakes from Cupcake Madrid that Kyle had picked up earlier.

Anne certainly missed celebrating this day with her fabulous twin sister, Erin, and good friends in Seattle but was happy to squeeze in a few phone calls and loved the sweet emails and facebook posts that made it feel like she wasn’t quite so far away.

A big thank you to everyone who made this such an amazing day for Anne.


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