Becky & Deric in Madrid

The Corriell’s – Becky and Deric – are our dear friends from Seattle who won the prize for being the first to book their trip to visit when we decided to move to Madrid.  When they came to visit in March, they were our first ‘friend’ visitors and we were thrilled to have them stay with us, even for just a few days.  It was the perfect taste of Seattle.

In preparation for Becky and Deric’s visit, we decided that the Ikea pull-out-couch with wooden slats and a thin little mattress just wasn’t going to cut it for our guests.  Our sister(in-law) and brother-in-law, Megan and Dasch, had already suffered through a few days with the flimsy mattress on the floor and we felt terrible that we didn’t have a more cozy sleeping situation in place.  So, when our friend Cesar offered to let us borrow their double decker, full sized aerobed we said, “yes please!”  So, that first night we turned on the pump and oohed and ahhhed over the nice bed that was inflating before our eyes.  When it was fully inflated and we flipped off the pump and were greeted by a “ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss” sound – it became clear that we had a problem.  There was a small crack near where the pump connected and no amount of McGyver like maneuvering would do the trick – yes, Becky and I made a valiant attempt complete with super-glue, tape, and rolled up plastic bags, but it was to no avail.  Becky and Deric ended up slowly sinking to the floor as the sad aerobed hissed away.  At least we tried!

For the rest of the visit, Becky and Deric explored the city of Madrid during the day while Kyle was at school and I was working and then we’d all meet up to go out at night.  We went to Cava Baja (a street famous for it’s tapa hopping bars), Mercado San Miguel, San Gines for churros, and to Sesamo (a touristy sangria bar where we felt old and decided it was a one-time visit), along with lots of nice walks and down time at our cozy apartment.

Becky and Deric – we absolutely loved having you in Madrid.  It was incredible to be so far away from “home” and feel like we hadn’t skipped a beat after being away for over 6 months.  Thank you for visiting our home in Madrid, for the delicious Trader Joe’s peanut butter pretzels, my curly hair product that you can’t find anywhere but VAIN in Ballard, and for an amazing week of great food and lots of laughter!






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One Response to “Becky & Deric in Madrid”

  1. Deric Corriell Says:

    We had such a great time! You two were such gracious hosts, we really enjoyed our visit to Madrid. What a cool city, great food, great nightlife, transportation, there are just so many great things about Madrid. Your apartment was very cool and in a great location. I’m glad we were able to see both of you so much while we were there. Thanks again for letting us stay with you, we had a blast! We look forward to seeing you back here in Seattle. – Deric

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