New in Barcelona #2

April 21, 2006 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Hola from my new blog space.

We’ve finally settled into a routine by starting our day with gym in the morning. On our way back, we visit our cafe for our morning coffee. The rest of the morning is quiet and we head off to Spanish class at around noon. Classes only start at 1:30 but we go to this cafe down the street from the school for coffee and a snack. They have gotten to know us so it’s a good place to practice my Spanish (or more precisely, to practice hand signals). We finish class at 3:30 and then head home, at least head off in the general direction of home. We don’t usually get home until 5:00. After supper we usually go out for a walk and then back to watch a bit of television before going to bed. Watching TV is Spanish is a real treat. I don’t know if my interpretation of the story is what is really happening but I am enjoying my versions.

Last night, we went to a pub (Ryan’s Irish Pub) in the old town. One of my classmates, Ken, he’s from Dublin, is bartender there so I organized an outing for my class to go visit. We left home about 5:30 and walked around the old city. We saw Roman walls and towers from the 1st century, the remains of an old Roman aqueduct, walls that were built in the 10th century and even stood in the square where Queen Isabella met with Christopher Columbus before his trip to North America. Inside the old cathedral were tombs of kings and nobles from the 13th century. Really amazing when you think of how old things are.

We hit the pub around 7:30 and Ken got us all settled in by letting us try different beers in shot glasses. I settled on Murphy’s. I’m not much of a beer drinker but this beer was ok. Dave showed up next and we ordered another round of beer. As you can see, the beer was flowing pretty freely. Dave and his wife moved here last October from Chester, England and plan on permanently staying here in Spain. They are thinking of moving a bit more south in a few months. Vanessa, a writer from New York, showed up next. She’s here for a few more months and is teaching yoga to supplement her income. She’s very health conscious and is quite spiritual about life. Jo-Anne, from London, is a student here and she plans on staying in Barcelona until the end of the summer. Leone and her daughter Naomi arrived next. Leone is from Australia and is visiting her daughter who lives here. We had a lot of laughs and a really good time. Ken introduced us to another friend of his who is also from Ireland who has lived in Barcelona for 4 years. The other bartender was a girl from Iceland. She speaks 5 languages, Icelandic, Swedish, Danish, Spanish and Portuguese. All the bartenders were sitting with us and chatting and laughing and generally having a great time. They are all super people and real adventurers. I admire each and every one of them for living the lifestyle that they choose to live. I feel as if I’m a bit of a fraud being with them as I am only here because of Alex’s sense of adventure. Anyhow, we left at 10:30 and caught the last bus home. We intend on organizing an outing for tapas next week.Tonight, we go out for supper.Sleep tight everyone

Entry filed under: Alan's Blog, Barcelona, Blog, Friends, Spain.

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