Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
There isn't any.
What typically happens in my experience, is that we will be approached in the street by someone I don't know, and that someone will barely look at me, and will talk to my Catalan partner. Then, after 2 -10 minutes of pretending I don't exist, the person leaves, and may or may not throw a glance my way as a 'goodbye'.
The first time this happened, I took it personally. Now I see its just a cultural atrocity, I mean, difference.
In English speaking countries, and I'm going to generalize (forgive me), if I was the person greeted, then it would be my duty to introduce my friend/parter to the other person. Especially after the 2/3 minute mark of conversation. I would feel uncomfortable for my friend, standing silently beside me, not knowing who the other person was.
In Norway, you throw your hand out and say your name. Its that simple. And they are not even that friendly.
I am going to study the situation in more detail and discover a way that is a positive solution to both parties. That is, one that will not offend the reticent Catalan, and will not provoke rudeness in myself.
Photo: Montserrat, the meeting of the elephant and the sphinx, Tiffany Jones
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The xiringuito is not really something we have in australia. Its a little hut type place, often right on the beach. They have them in beach paradise settings in asia too. They sell slightly expensive snacks, drinks, and sometimes easy meals. They play lounge music. The one here, in canyelles, is pretty. Its in a beautiful spot. I like xiringuitos.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I've discovered that if i leave the apartment, and study catalan in a coffee shop, i'm much happier. And, i study better. I've also taken some good advice. Every now and then, i flood the body with awareness, then study again. So far, so good.
Oh, and the coffee and chocolate thing sure help the mood.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
We're sitting outside, at 22.33, ordering our pizza at la mama. Its a lovely homestead renovated into a pizza place.
Albert ordered the vegetal - consisting of spinach, cheese, slices of egg and onion. It didn't sound especially nice to me, but on my first bite, I was happily surprised. The onion was delicious.
The roasted vegetables came with goat's cheese too. We were too full to have dessert.