Archive for June 20, 2008

The Countdown is On

Well, we spent the rest of the week saying goodbye to friends. Monday we met with Brad and Paula and sat talking in Von Blums all morning. If you are EVER in Barcelona, you have to go to their restaurant WuShu. See Alex’s blog for more info on it or go to their website

After leaving Brad and Paula we walked up towards Gracia. We HAD to say goodbye to our friends in the corner cafe. When we lived there we would stop every morning for our cortado and bocadillo de jamon y queso. Estrella and Paco greeted us as if we were long lost family and it had been over a year since we had seen them. One thing that puzzles me is some of the comments on forums that Alex reads. A lot of people say that the castillians and catalins are a standoffish and cold people. I can’t for the life of me figure out how anyone can say that. I found them ALL to be so warm, friendly and hospitable. Oh well, I guess I’ll never know where these comments come from.

As I said, we went to our cafe (A Ruta Gallega) on Rosellon to have our lunch and say farewell.  We both ordered the menu del dia for roughly 9 Euros. You can choose a drink. Alex chose water and I chose wine. They brought a 1.5 l bottle of water for Alex and a FULL bottle of wine for me.

Then I had the ensalada mixte for the primo plato……

and galtes (pork cheeks) for secundo plato ( I love galtes)

Then I had pudding, coffee and we decided on a shot of liquor de heirbus. Paco pours into frozen shot glasses, great for digestion….

We sat at the bar and chatted for a bit then we had to leave. I asked for the bill and they refused to give us one. We had to promise to return.

Wednesday came and that night we met with Sylvie to say goodbye. Had some  cava then went to eat and off to bed to rise at 6:00 AM , catch the metro to Sans and board the Ave to Madrid. This train makes travel to Madrid so easy and it operates like Air Canada’s RapidAir service between Montreal and Toronto. The two cities are almost the same distance apart and businessmen travel between the cities often. It took less than 3 hours from station to station.

Next post……Madrid

June 20, 2008 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

Lloret

At the end of our camino, we walked to the end of the beach looking for a MacDonald’s. No we weren’t eating there (as if that could ever happen) but we were meeting the group at a place called Pinocchio’s.

We found the place, I ordered a large clara (cerveza con limon) and downed it like water. The rest of the day was spent wandering Lloret and hanging out at the beach. I might mention that Alex dove into the water and was one of the few on the beach to do so.

Here are a few photos from the day.

Mireia and Maite

Maite and her daughter Laila. Maite lives in Lloret and was an amazing hostess along with her husband Jordi

Later in the afternoon we went to our hotel room to get ready for dinner at Maite and Jordi’s place. Tje family owns a beautiful hotel in Lloret and they put us all up there. I cannot say enough about the hospitality and warmth of everyone.

That night we all gathered for dinner and socializing. I consider myself so lucky to have friends like this.

We talked and ate and drank until about 3 PM when we all headed back to our rooms. Let me just say I was tired, REALLY tired but feeling great. We agreed to get meet at ten for breakfast as Maite had plans for an outing.

Off we went to the botanical gardens. We were going to spend the day at the beach but it was a little cool and cloudy.

Got some great flower pics.

Standing in front of a stand of cacti. I had never seen such big cacti before and it was kind of cool.

More flowers…………………….

After our wanderings here we went to a restaurant for lunch. In Spain we eat around 2:00 so we had had quite a full day. We had to catch a bus back to Barcelona at 4:00 because Alex and Jackie were going to a book club meeting at 6:30.

At 3:50 we left the restaurant. Now Alex and I are KNOWN to be early wherever we go, Jackie is KNOWN to be either late or exactly on time (Jackie missed the bus coming here). With buses and trains and planes you have to be on time. We had to run to get to the bus station and we made it. It made me realize that I still prefer to be early.

Well, after such a great weekend, I can honestly say that I really will miss all of our friends who live in Spain. Their warmth and friendship is something I will treasure for many years, at least until we go back and renew the memories.

June 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment


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