Before he boarded the plane back to California, my brother hollered: “Don’t forget to track down that crazy chocolate thingy my friend told us about!”
“There’s no way it actually exists,” I scoffed.
“It does!” my brother asserted. “Find it.”
At the start of our Iberian week of adventure, my sibling had whispered a rumor he had heard.
“My friend told me,” he hissed conspiratorially, “that in Spain they drink this chocolate “beverage” which is so thick it’s basically a melted chocolate bar, but is also kind of fluffy. He says it’s AMAZING.”
“I don’t believe you,” I said. “The concept is simply too good to be true.”
“Seriously, it exists!” insisted my sibling.
But plans got hectic and so we were never able to find the good stuff before my brother’s flight. He boarded the plane home, and I moved in with my generous friend-of-friend hosts in Madrid, Spain.
And then, like a glittering miracle, one of my hosts suddenly asked: “Would you like to go for some churros y chocolate? Perhaps you have heard of the drink: it’s so thick it’s almost like a melted cho–“
“YES!” I screamed.
Oh sweet heaven. The glorious steaming cups appeared before us, frothy and thick. A sip was joy in a mug. And, WHOA! My brother had told me there would be thick chocolate goodness (mmm…), but he did not inform me that there would also be celestially crunchy fried dough sticks to dip inside the cocoa: the churros!
The lesson of this tale is that there are some legends in this wide world — legends as big as the Loch Ness monster– that are actually, blessedly… true!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!