Un poquito sobre la vida española

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me, Guillem and Andy...
Hola... life´s pretty good here in Barcelona- here´s a little update on what I´ve been up to.

Last week I finally found a yoga class that my friend and I could attend for free, so we went. It was (like every new experience here in Spain) interesting. More chanting and sudden movements than I´m used to in the other yoga classes I´ve attended at home, but kind of cool, so we´re going back for one more free class tonight. After that, we have to start paying, so I don´t think we´ll go back. :) Then my friend Nora is coming over for dinner. She´s a vegetarian (but eats fish, like me) and she lives in the residencia where everything is covered in bacon. So I asked Betty if it was okay for her to come over one night and Betty was more than okay with it.
the chicos... the morning after...
She said she was going to clean the kitchen (and this is a huge event) and make fish with a ¨salsa verde¨and some kind of sauteed veggies on the side. I should invite people over for dinner more often...

Yesterday, we had a little dinner event called ¨Cook and Taste.¨It´s a little kitchen in some apartment building off of Las Ramblas where a lady teaches you how to cook Spanish food and then you get to eat it. :) We made a delicious gazpacho with pesto, alli i oli and grated manchego cheese on top for starters. Then we had pan con tomate (toast rubbed with tomato, garlic and olive oil), paella de mariscos, crema catalana (the catalonian version of creme brulee) and vino blanco (white wine). It was pretty awesome.

Speaking of food (because clearly, what else do I do?), I tried nutella gelato the other day.
Aisa and Nala (completely separate from the events of this entry...)
I don´t really think I need to say anything else except that I honestly want to cry when I think of people in the world who haven´t tried it.

Then last weekend was one of the highlights of my time in Barcelona so far. I didn´t really have plans for Friday night and around 8 pm, my friend Guillem (have I mentioned him yet? Well, he´s kind of adorable and awesome. We met him through our program- he lives here and is my first real Spanish friend! I´m such a nerd...) called me and asked if some friends and I wanted to go over to his house for drinks or something. Um, do I love nutella gelato?!?! Hell yes, we want to come over! So, four friends and I went to Guillem´s house, which was about a 20 minute bus ride outside the city (but totally worth it). When we got off the bus, Guillem came to the stop and picked us up... and I got to ride on the back of his moto!!! I was pretty much in heaven. It ended up being a pretty chill night, but we ended up staying up all hours... When I returned to Betty´s house the next day at 1pm, she was a little concerned. Of course, I take the blame- I totally should have called her, but I didn´t. She wasn´t really mad, just wanted to know where I was. So as a punishment, she hid my letter that came in the mail. She was extremely amused by my searching all over my room to find it (I finally located it hidden in my pillowcase...). But she left me an adorable note just in case I didn´t make it back before she left for Llaveneres. It had an angry face and a smiley face (just to clarify that she wasn´t actually angry) and ¨BUSCA!¨written on it, telling me to search to for my letter. I like her. She´s silly.

Then tomorrow we´re leaving for País Vasco (San Sebastian and Bilbao in northern Spain). We´re leaving early in the morning and coming back Sunday night. I´m really excited because this trip is included with our program and we´ve kind of become like a little family (cheesy, I know, but it´s true!). So I´ll be sure to return with more fun stories.

Thanks to anyone who´s left comments or sent me e-mails... I feel kind of disconnected from home, so I love hearing from you. Keep ´em coming! Sending mucho amor to all.


mpoll4 says:
Hola Lindsay! Soy Susita (my name in Spanish from 100 years ago!)aka. Shelley, la amiga de YO MAMA!!!! Your blog is fantastic and I AM jealous! I am also VERY excited for you and your travels.

Take good care - Shell
Posted on: Mar 09, 2008
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me, Guillem and Andy...
me, Guillem and Andy...
the chicos... the morning after...
the chicos... the morning after...
Aisa and Nala (completely separate…
Aisa and Nala (completely separat…
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