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Saturday, June 3

We had another late night last night and stayed in bed until 9:00. We were supposed to go up to Tibidabo but we decided to go slow today. No rushing to go anywhere. We had breakfast and headed out to walk down towards Placa Catalunya but before we got too far we stopped at our regular cafe for coffee. We strolled down Roger de Lluria looking in store windows and alleys. When I say stroll, I mean stroll. We took a long time to get to C de Ausias. We were going to a surf shop that had skater and surfer clothes on sale. Alex was still looking for that purse. She claimed it would jump out at her is she saw it. Anyhow, we got to the shop and guess what ? I bought a pair of surfer pants. Pants I swore I wouldn't be caught dead in. I actually like them but what do you think ?

Alan in surfer pants

  After buying the pants we hunted for Alex's purse and she found one she was happy with. We started to head in the general direction of home and stopped around 1:30 for a huge lunch. The intent was to eat a big lunch and have a light supper. We went home, did home stuff and went back out around 5:30. This time we headed up towards Gracia. We were going for coffee and ended up at the lebonese restaurant for coffee and baclava. Pearl and Al know which one I'm talking about. Alex wanted to check out a sushi place that was on c/Verdi and from there we meandered towards home. We discovered a medieval church and some more placas on the way home. After another day of discovery we went home for cheese, cava, jamon, sausage and cassis. Life sure is good. By the way, during the day's wanderings, I took some photos of another amazing door knockers. Speaking of which, I have to take a picture of the huge knockers I pointed out to Pearl. Anyhow, that's another story. Here are the photos. 

Door knocker in Barcelona

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Lion's Face on Door

Have a great weekend.

June 3, 2006 at 7:33 pm 2 comments

Thursday, June 1

What an amazing morning. Blue,blue sky and great temperatures. Alex finds it a bit cool but in the sun, it’s HOT. Here’s what we saw from our balcony this morning.

Morning View

I should go back and let you know how the day went after Alex’s birthday. After we had Alex’s birthday lunch Alex wanted to go toIllia to look for a pair of Camper shoes and a purse. She found the shoes but not the purse. While we were there Naomi called and wished Alex a happy birthday. She suggested drinks later on. We said yes and since Naomi and her mom Leone were shopping too. We decided to meet at 8:00 at Flamingo, a bar off Las Rumblas owned by a friend of Naomis. We met up with them and had 2 very well made caipirinhas. Other friends of Naomi were there too, Mandy and Natalie, whom we met at a party last week and own a Pilates studio. We also met a Canadian from Calgary who had just graduated from medical school and was doing a major travel thing before returning to Calgary to complete his residency. It was fun chatting with Naomi and her mom. Naomi was pretty tired from a work marathon she did the day before so we left the bar and went to eat at a little place around the corner. I had a blast trying to speak spanish to the waitress and I think she was having fun too. Alex and I had to run to catch the last metro but before we left, Naomi invited us to lunch on Sunday to say good bye to her mom. Leone is returning to Austrailia on Monday. I really enjoyed meeting her and getting to know her a little. I’ll try and keep in touch with her when she leaves. I hope Naomi’s companion,Xavi , will be there Sunday because there is some kind of referendum coming up and I want to understand what the issues are. It’s like being back in Quebec and seeing all the Si and Non signs around.

Catalunya Referendum

I don’t think the Catalins are as militant as French Quebec about their language but then the federals here seem to be more willing to give and take. At least that’s my uneducated impression and hopefully talking to Xavi will clarify what’s going on.

No gym the next day or the day after. Nights are just way too long and mornings way too short. I HAVE to get that under control.

June 3, 2006 at 7:04 pm 3 comments


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