Lleida, or Lerida by any other name...

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Innocently enjoying mate

The weird thing about Cataluna is that they speak a completely different language here...Catalan.  It's kinda like Castilian Spanish but with too many x'es and it doesn't make any sense.  The prominent monument is an enormous castle / church perched on the top of a hill in the middle of town.  It was also incredibly windy and cold the whole week I was there.  To the point, that I started getting weird headaches and lightheadedness.  I'm not sure I can attribute it to the weather but it was odd.

I can't really say much for Lleida (Lerida in Catalan) weather, architecture, or people.  I was actually visiting Carmen, my Andalusian sister, since she now lives up north.  Carmen's roommate, Eugenia, is from Argentina and her sister, Lauara, was also in town during the same week.

Asa passed up his turn
  We fully embraced our day job of watching endless bootleg episodes of "The L Word," a highly addictive TV show about really hot lesbians.  My introduction to the incredibly sexy and sex-filled lives of the ridiculously good-looking women hasn't inspired any lifestyle changes but makes for an engaging day when the weather outside is crap.

In addition to the mechanics of lesbian love, I was also introduced to the fine customs of Argentina including homemade empanadas and the social rituals of drinking mate (a very herbal tea).  I also spent a couple nights having my Aerobed taken over by the ass of Carmen's schizo dog Asa, who was almost dumbly friendly unless you accidentally stepped on his tail and then your foot would look suddenly bite-worthy.  (Carmen thinks he was abused as a puppy). 

In the end, Lleida, the city, was forgettable, but the friends I made were definitely unforgettable.

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Innocently enjoying mate
Innocently enjoying mate
Asa passed up his turn
Asa passed up his turn
Carmens delicious pasta my first …
Carmen's delicious pasta my first…
Carmen and Eugenia
Carmen and Eugenia
What happens when you wake me up..…
What happens when you wake me up.…
The infamous castle
The infamous castle
View of Lleida from the castle hill
View of Lleida from the castle hill
Some old building
Some old building
Random statues around town
Random statues around town
Asa playing with his toy
Asa playing with his toy
Asa pre-attack mode
Asa pre-attack mode
A delicious dinner spread at Evas…
A delicious dinner spread at Eva'…
Me with Eva and her mom in their g…
Me with Eva and her mom in their …
Enjoying lunch at home
Enjoying lunch at home
A mattress company named after me!
A mattress company named after me!
Eugenia and Laura making their ama…
Eugenia and Laura making their am…
Empanada innards
Empanada innards
Empanadas ready to be baked
Empanadas ready to be baked
Patatas a la campesina - possibly …
Patatas a la campesina - possibly…
Empanada night with friends
Empanada night with friends
Me and my Andalusian sister Carmen…
Me and my Andalusian sister Carme…
Lleida
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