Just a quick note to tell you that the first days of the European tour have been great! Even if I got up at 04 on Sunday and 05.45 yesterday 🙂 Spain is hot and sunny, which I guess is no big surprise but since I haven’t experienced a Spanish summer since 2006 and my last visits have been freezing cold (Easter and October last year), I am fully enjoying not shivering when going to bed!
I had a great day on Sunday in Barcelona, spent it with my friend A and talking non-stop while walking around in the city, having a paella mojada (wet paella, i.e more sauce than a usual paella) by the beach, eating Basque pintxos (tapas) and of course watching the final in the Euro 2008!
We ended up watching the game in an Italian bar/restaurant and drinking my favourite Venetian drink Spritz al Aperol (you can find the recipe in the Travel links category, right-hand side of the blog)! It felt a little absurd to find myself watching Spain vs Germany together with a bunch of Italians* but it was fun! We were all curious after the game to see if there would be any celebrations in Barcelona, seeing that most Catalans do not consider themselves Spanish… but oh yes, people were very excited and cheering all over the city!
Because of the chaotic scenes all over the city after the game, I didn’t manage to meet up with my other friend R and his girlfriend L until after midnight – so we only had a quick chat before going to bed, all three of us exhausted (they after helping out with a move, and I after a very long day). Yesterday I got up early and walked to the trainstation Sants – I almost missed the train but that’s another story, and when I finally arrived in Zaragoza after more than 4 hours on the train, O and I couldn’t find each other in the train station!! Una estacion de mierda as I called it, it is way too big and confusing with different levels but finally I figured out that he was on the departure side, and I of course in the arrival section… It was great to see him again even if we had only been apart for 2 weeks!
After a nap and a shower I felt like a normal person again, and we had lunch with O’s younger brother J-I in …. Ikea!! I know, another absurd situation but what can you do with a guy like O who loves Ikea and kottbullar (meatballs)… O’s mother was happy though as we found a cupboard for the kitchen in the bargain corner. In the evening we had a snack in El Corte Ingles, (we always go to the big department store when we are in ZGZ) together with all the local pensioners – it’s so sweet to see old couples sharing some churros con chocolate (I actually saw some old couples having a Swedish meatball-lunch in Ikea as well!). I asked O if he thinks that we will do that too when we are old, and he said that he hopes so! Afterwards we had a drink with O’s sister, her sweet daughter M who has become so big (she’s turning 2 soon) and O’s brother C (whose German girlfriend lives in Stockholm!).
As usual we didn’t arrive to O’s parents home, in a village 45 minutes’ drive from ZGZ, until really late but for once we only had a simple salad for dinner (it’s usually a 3-course meal regardless of the time of day / night!). It was great to see O’s parents again and yes, it is much easier to communicate with them now!
Well, better go as we are having lunch soon (it is after all almost 3 o’clock!), and O’s mother is making our favourite meal! Borrajas y ternera rebozada… 😀
*) I was told twice during the evening that Italians are the 2nd biggest group of immigrants in Cataluyna with more than 30,000 Italians calling Barcelona and the region their home!!