Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Lovely Balcony!

Spanish in the Market

Most of the voices heard in the market are Spanish. It's a day when people loudly call out the price of their merchandise as people are walking past. It's loud, busy and other worldly at times.

Boys and Girls Divided, still?

I'm at the train station, waiting to go home. The men are on the right, the women on the left. The only male to stray to the female side was a Frenchman with his partner who insisted on taking a seat.

This is NOT an Information Desk

Perhaps the photo is not the best, but there is a big i  in the centre of the Barcelona airport, terminal 2. As you walk towards it, there is a huge sign saying 'this is NOT an information desk'. Oh. The information desk is a black dot on yellow situated with the airline desks. And while I'm complaining I'd like to point out that it's almost impossible to find a clock here!

Jett's off to Norway for the Summer, 2011

It's a very warm day. Jett's actually looking forward to a cooler temperature. Have a great summer and see you in 7 weeks.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Best Pizza Restaurant in Granollers

We all love it. It's behind the Escola Pia. Mmm.

Handball Cup in Granollers, June 2011

This weekend there is a an International Handball tournament, the GCup held here. I just saw a stack of Scandinavian types walk past and sure enough the poster above declares the Handball time of year.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Day to Give Thanks

Today Albert is going through his old clothes, and under his own direction, he's throwing some things out. Let's give praise. He is not only a male, but he's a Catalan. You can not undertand unless you have one. A day for giving thanks to a kind universe.

At the Car Wash

Our first car wash. It cost 4 euro to wash and dry the car on the outside. We cleaned it on the inside ourselves. Now just to get home before the rain.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Our Stairs

I usually walk the stairs. We're on the second floor. That means, there is a ground floor, then a 'between' floor, then the first floor, then ours. If I'm wearing heels, I take the lift down.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

El Fornet - the New Bakery

This is the first time I've been in this new bakery. It opened just a few weeks ago and fits right in. The decor is both elegant and cosy and it's a lovely addition to this busy side street. Unfortunately I'm on my coffee and pastry restriction so I can't say how good the coffee is yet. It's busy today.

Market from the Museum to the Library Square

Although this section of the market sells cosmetics, CD's, hand bags and shoes, it is mostly dominated by clothes stalls. In this season they even sell swim wear.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Second Day of the Vampire Diaries Convention is Barcelona, 2011

Paul Wesley is doing his panel and answering lots of fun questions. Later we have photos and the meeting. Tonight we have a rock show with the Supernatural crew. Fun!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vampire Diaries in Barcelona

Today we participated in the Vampire Diaries Convention in Barcelona. In the distance of this photo you can see Ian and Paul. It was truly a long day.

If you're looking for somewhere close to the Barcelona convention centre, you can try this nice apartment from  Pierre et Vacances Barcelona   Up to five people can stay there, and it has it's own kitchen, so you cut down on expenses! Take a look at some of the photos below.

Jett's in Florida!


Friday, June 10, 2011

On the Train to the Airport

Granollers Football Field

This is a funny little field that you can't see from the street. It's packed behind houses. This view is from an office I work in some times. I've heard that it's typical that people coming to visit the football field can never find it.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Àgora - Yummy for Every one

Today Jett and I tried a new restaurant around the corner from our apartment. New for us, that is. I slurped zuchini soup and Jett had a huge plate of child friendly pasta. What we had was delicious. They gave us bread and Jett had a drink. All for 10€. It's down Josep Umbert, number 42. Down the other corner of our block half way down the street.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Catan Night


Ice Cream Sunday!

Here is our friend Michael. We met him on the Camino de Santigo last year. Finally he has come to visit us. It's been gorgeous weather. Perfect for ice cream.

A Vegetarian Menu in Tossa de Mar

Bar Lluis offered us a great vegetarian menu. Our waitress was a doll and everything very nice! Thank you!

Sangria with Cava

It might sound a little slow, but I've never tried Sangria with cava before this evening. I didn't even know until last month that they made it with cava. It was nice, actually, but it went straight to my head, yes?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

One of Sarah's favourites. Yum with a bit of salt. Bar lluis, Tossa


Jett loves them. I said, yes but those people can see you! He said 'So? I can see them better.'

Spectacular Clouds Today

Jett said they looked so amazing that even God could have made them.

Canyelles Cove, My Favourite Spot

What a day! After a quick shower it cleared up and its gorgeous! The beach is almost empty. We're very lucky today. And the above picture shows my favourite spot on the whole beach. There are no rocks in the water beside the ones you can see. On the left of the beach is where most of the day trippers and foreigners plonk them selves down. The locals tend to walk further down the beach in front of the xiringuito and further down. They've painted the old boat house bright white. Looks great. I've always dreamed of it being my yoga studio. Jett's building a fort. He protects it from the invading forces of the waves.

A Bread Company Called Bimbo

Forgive my childish humour. This company has a factory nearby, and is famous here for the white processed bread so popular when I was growing up. I bought this loaf of crustless white bread as a holiday treat for Jett. He's spreading chocolate all over it and happily devouring toxins and sugar with little idea of the physiological consequences. It's nice to play ignorance sometimes to win a child's affections. By the way, for my local readers, Bimbo is a name usually associated with an attractive but empty headed girl.

Good Morning World!

It's another grey day but I'm happy to be alive! Yesterday we were able to sit by the ocean and the sun even came out for an hour. Jett played in the sand like he always has and I took the chance to hone some of my asanas. I even dipped myself in for the first sea swim of the year!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Jett's Push-Ups

Jett swears sometimes, and as punishment, he has to do 5 push-ups. Yesterday his thin bird leg arms gave way after the first push towards the up state, and he fell and hit his chin. Today, he grabbed a pillow for his five and spent 3 minutes laughing with his head on the pillow. How many push ups did he actually do? Ah, there's another story in that.

Here Comes the Sun!

And I say, it's alright! I truly love this place. Rain or shine. A view of the ocean is worth its weight in gold, so to speak.

Conversations with Jett

(Jett was just about to go down to the shops)
 Jett: I'm going to wear a hat and some gloves.
 Tiffany: Why? It's so warm out.
 Jett: Because I want to look suspicious.

Weekend Rain at the Beach

Jett and I packed our beach bag and just as I was grabbing the keys, he said Mum, it's raining. And for the last hour it's been constantly spitting. It's lovely to be here, it's true. But remember that mountain beside us, owned by the brother of a President from somewhere? Well, they are still doing works. They started the trucks at 7.30. That's ok. I'm not a yoga practitioner for nothing. Though if Jett walks around in bare feet again on these tiles, I will certainly lose it with him.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Where's Jett?

This morning I woke up ten minutes late. I noticed that I couldn't hear any noises. Jett should be getting up. He has slept in a handful of times, it can happen. I called him. No answer. Again. Nothing. I get up quicker than I'd like and look for him in bed. He's not there. I go to the bathroom, the kitchen. It occurs to me he's sleptwalked. He's prone to it occasionally. I check the whole apartment. I start looking at the front door. I'm still convinced that he's slept walked. But to the point of going outside? I wake Albert. Albert and I start re-searching the apartment. Under beds, the bath, in closets. Then suddenly Albert remembers, 'He was going to the bakery for fresh bread.' In the next moment we heard keys in the door. It was a strange moment. Suspended. Albert and I laughed with relief and held each other quietly for an extended moment. There was nothing more precious, in the next moment, than Jett's white little face and his high voice.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My 30 Day Blog Post Challenge - the Switch

After a serious debate with my partner, it's been decided to move my 30 day challenge to the Patheya blogspot. He even fixed my phone so my email works! Then I can post from my phone via email. This post is sent via mms and is hooked up to the Catalonia Blogspot.

My Job

I hold English Conversation Classes here in Granollers. I have about 30 students on my e mail list and I see 15 or so a week. I also take yoga and qigong classes.