It’s the perfect place to escape the busy city life of Barcelona, mundane weekdays and car fumes. It’s pure escapism for me. Here we can wonder around a labyrinth hand in hand, breath in the fresh air, listen to the birds and marvel at the beauty around us and the green leaves above our heads. Time seems to go slower and kissing on an old stone bench has never been as romantic. Even the pigeons are in love here…
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It’s Thursday and it’s time for some food, in Barcelona that means one thing, It’s Paella time! We walk into a small neighbourhood restaurant and place our order. While we wait, we enjoy a glass of cold red wine, great on a hot summer day. Somehow, going out for a paella always gets me excited. And when the big dish arrives, the food fest can start. The salty, flavourful rice has a perfect texture and is full of surprises. We ordered a mixed paella so there is chicken and shellfish and some delicious prawns. There is more than enough so after we have finished everything, all we can do is sit around satisfied and have some more wine.
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Routine is one of the hardest things for me. When whatever I am doing starts to feel like a routine and it feels like every day is the same, I start to feel tired and a bit sad. I start looking for a change, for excitement. Some kind of thrill. Anything to get me out of that mind numbing routine.
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It’s hot and I see the men and women in their coloured blouses and white trousers sweating as they start forming the base of a “Castell”. Once everyone is in the right position, a signal is given and the small band starts to play. Then people start climbing. A second layer of people is formed and then a third and so on. When the smallest casteller climbs to the top, the people in the crowd hold their breath and all the castellers who are forming the tower are in the deepest concentration. When the small casteller finally reaches the top while being encouraged by the teams coach, she raises one hand with four fingers up. They made it, the tower is complete. The crowd cheers and claps. The music is loud and fast. The small casteller climbs over the top and down the other side of the tower. Once she is safe and sound on the ground, the other layers of people climb down, one after another. Once everyone is back on the ground, the crowd breaks out into applause again. I feel excited as well as relieved that the tower was a success and nobody got hurt.
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Autumn has arrived with unpredictable weather and some of nature’s most fantastic culinary treasures. With the colder and wetter weather, mushrooms grow wild in the forests of Catalonia. But the markets in Barcelona can also provide you with some amazing types!
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