Friday, August 31, 2012
Its Festa Major. Every now and then someone let's off a firecracker of some sort that is incredibly loud.
Today one went off while I was drinking my coffee at Ferrer. Across from me a small family were seated eating donuts. They have a little boy of 3 or so. When the firecracker went off, the child became very still for a moment and then continued on as normal. The parents were laughing and jumping about, as were others, but the child acted as nothing happened.
Dogs were barking, another child started crying and one of the waitresses said 'fuck', and the child, even stuffed as he was on white sugar, didn't do a thing.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I was in the bank. A woman with three children came in. As the woman interacted with the ATM, her children ran or rode their scooters up and down the corridor; on the carpet as well.
The mother did not correct their behaviour. Indeed, I was surprised! I haven't seen it before.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
This afternoon we're walking around the streets of Gracia, an suburb of Barcelona.
Each street is responsible for its decoration, catering and entertainment. The decoration is mostly recycled items. It's a really nice idea.
It's mine and Jett's first time.
Dear Men Who Make Computer Games,
I am currently in the computer game area of Fnac in Barcelona with my game obsessed son.
Every female on the cover of the games has a ridiculously sized bust. Sorry, but you are helping to create unrealistic expectations of the ideal woman that can never be fulfilled.
What about a few busts, just to even it out a bit, in the aa or bb region?
Thanks, Tiffany AA
Friday, August 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
We've just had pizza in Vilafranca.
We had a nice evening.
The pizza was not bad.
Of course, we are totally spoilt by our Italian Twins, so its hard to like pizza in general.
The rose was nice. Wine of the house. :) the coffee was good. Too full to have dessert.
The spicy oil wasn't really spicy either.
I am drinking orange juice and before 12, they give you a free mini croissant. :)
And the best thing? Mozart! After a long walk in the heat, sitting in cool comfort with Mozart's playfulness is just wonderful! And the mini croissant is yummy too. (And the cashiers friendly!)
Thursday, August 9, 2012
And I notice, after my friend Kate went on holidays, that I didn't have any friends!
I didn't have one person to call for a casual drink.
A couple of friends from Norway sent me messages earlier in the year chastising me for not being their to catch the rays of sun with them and I laughed indulgently.
It's been weeks at a time now where I sit for longer and longer periods on facebook talking to friends from other parts of the world.
I feel heavy and unwilling to change.
The people here have friends from when they were 5, or 15 and they are not really willing the invite you into their group. They don't need another one. Of course, none of them have lived abroad, either.
It's true that I don't do much to gain friends. In practice, I don't really want any either. They take a lot of time, and I don't have it. But, it could be nice to have one on the shelf, for when you needed one.
Anyway, I wanted to share part of the reality of living in another country. It took me three years in Norway to get a group together, and it's taking longer here because I have a partner.
Don't get me wrong, I have never had a lot of friends, and I love my own company. But it is true, that occasionally it would be nice to have someone to call for a drink, if I so happened to want one.
Anyway, Kate will be back soon and I will have forgotten this moment ever happened.
Virtual cheers dear reader.
And just in case someone was in the same position as I but wanted to change it, I just saw this nice poster:
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
While we were on our holidays, we went to a small but cosy restaurant called Candela.
It's worth a mention because it had delicious vegetarian options and used lovely local ingredients.
It stood out as being patronised by locals and was still close to the tourist centre.