August 23, 2008

On a Saturday stroll for some café...



This is what I see when I look out my window (straight ahead) and when I look left. Hope the people across the way don’t think I am a peeping Tom.

I woke up at my (now) usual 10:30am after not falling asleep until after 2 last night. We stayed in last evening as it was raining and lightning which was fine; just talking with my flatmate Sonia talking about life in the States, Germany, and Spain. It is so interesting hearing about the differences in the countries.

This morning we ran out of toilet paper so I asked Sonia where to buy some and that is when I found out about the supermercado (supermarket) that is only a few blocks away (THAT was an experience. I will write about it later and need to show pictures from some of the packaging, but I didn’t bring my camera. Lets just say I bought a brand of milk that has a picture of a woman kissing a cow on the front). I decided that I also wanted some café so I walked there first and then turned back around and hit up the supermarket. On my way to get some café I found myself doing my usual NYC speedwalk down the Gran de Gracia; that is when I looked around at the buildings that I was rushing by and the fresh clean Barcelona breeze and cut my pace. There was no need to hurry. I am here for a total of 78 days (yes, I counted it) and I plan to take in all that I can while I am here but I do not want to rush by anything. Full advantage will be taken of the pace of life here; it is not like that in New York City and that is one of the reasons I decided to embark on this journey – to take a break from that quick pace of life I have been used to for the past five and a half years.

Upon changing my speed to a stroll, I got some coffee and noticed all of the small shops and the buildings they were housed in. I am only assuming that the detail that the architects paid to their buildings was for the many future passerbys that may be lucky enough to take in their creations. I know I feel lucky.

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