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Barcelona – Day 6

Everything is pretty calm here though it was touch and go for a little bit. K woke up one morning
stressed out that we weren’t taking full advantage of our traveling because I was sleeping in
until 10am. What was so important? I’ll give you a hint…it involves our credit card.

So we decided to part ways for the day so Kelly could spend some alone time with her best friends
Zara, Mango, Sweet Action (or something) and a number of other close “boutique” friends and I spent some more time with my animal friends…ya know, the rabbits, snails and veal. When we finally did meet back up at the end of the day, she only had a couple of bags. I was very happy though Kelly complained that she couldn’t buy anything because she couldn’t use her credit cards though she had 200 euros in her pocket…I never really did figure out why cash didn’t work but uh, i gave up and was happy that the money was still intact.

BTW – Spain seems to have a love affair with the worst of American TV. Over the last couple days
I’ve watched episodes of Flipper (the NEW Flipper!), SeaQuest DSV (wow – this was really bad –
I had no idea aliens were somehow involved in this Star Trek meets 10,000 Leagues…) and
of course 90210, though that one was in Catalan. Unfortunately, the only things in English
besides the first two I mentioned is Will and Grace, which seems to be in marathon mode during all
prime time hours. I guess that is OK as it prevents us from getting stuck in front of the TV.

Kelly and I just got back from an FC Barcelona match which was pretty uneventful, but we did
run into a couple Americans beforehand at Inpoia, the tapas restaurant run by Ferran Adria’s brother.
The guy turned out to be the head chef of Batali’s Mozza restaurant in LA and after chatting for a bit, we figured out that Kelly and Bryant had a mutual Taiwanese Pop-Star friend. Surprise surprise
I mean really, who doesn’t?

Tomorrow is our last full day in Barcelona. Ugh. It goes by so fast. I don’t know what we are
going to do but there will be lots of eating involved for the 7th day in a row. I am not running
but i AM doing sittups everyday. I figure that will help me keep the belly from bulging too
far out. Seems reasonable, right? On Friday we pick up a car, though we aren’t quite sure
where we’re going yet…Hopefully we’ll figure that out soon…

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One Response

  1. Ummm where are the posts for day 2 – day 5?

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