I had the opportunity to go to Spain for a work conference and vacation. So we flew to Barcelona, and this is the plaza where my conference was held.
If you could allow me a couple of stories. The first is that (not mentioned in the guide books) there’s a lot of smoke in Barcelona. There’s pollution, ubiquitous cigarette smoke, and then with La Merce there’s fireworks smoke as well. Plus there’s not the best of personal hygiene so I got the “Spanish flu” there. Tom managed to avoid it, but I was sick the majority of the trip. If you do go there in the fall you may want to bring you own Tamiflu and get a flu shot if possible first.
The other issue is the food is quite different. We were struggling with trying to identify our food and finally decided to treat ourselves to a fancy restaurant rather than struggle through another tapas bar. The menu was in English so we thought we were good to go. Well, the waiter misunderstood Tom’s order for ham and brought foie gras instead. Then out “barbecued cod” was actually slightly warmed raw salted cod which had the skin, globs of gelatinous material and a rubbery white fish meat. This meal cost us over 100 euro (likely $150!). But Tom’s parents loved hearing the story that night (thanks to cell phones) of Tommy eating goose liver. This will be fodder for family story telling time for a while.
I am hoping over time the memories will become fonder and the difficulties forgotten. In the unlikely event you want to see the rest of the photos of our trip, they are at http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/sharing/shareRedirectSwitchBoard.jsp?token=973042077905%3A557681742&sourceId=533754321803&cm_mmc=eMail-_-Share-_-Photos-_-Sharer
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