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Gegant at Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Catalunya
Walking around Barcelona’s old town today, we made a detour towards a plaza where we could hear a band playing. As it turns out it was one of the events for Les Festes de Santa Eulàlia, the feast day for one of the patron saints of Barcelona. We saw gegants (giant paper maché figures) and capgrossos (smaller paper maché heads) dancing in the crowd and in the case of the dragons, shooting fireworks. I’m not completely sure who this guy is, although by his Estelada (Catalan independence) flag I’d guess he played a role in the War of the Spanish Succession. What a fun event to stumble across!

Gegant at Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona, Catalunya

Walking around Barcelona’s old town today, we made a detour towards a plaza where we could hear a band playing. As it turns out it was one of the events for Les Festes de Santa Eulàlia, the feast day for one of the patron saints of Barcelona. We saw gegants (giant paper maché figures) and capgrossos (smaller paper maché heads) dancing in the crowd and in the case of the dragons, shooting fireworks. I’m not completely sure who this guy is, although by his Estelada (Catalan independence) flag I’d guess he played a role in the War of the Spanish Succession. What a fun event to stumble across!

Isn’t nature interesting? We saw several metres of these caterpillars, following each other head-to-tail, near our place in the Barcelona hills. I was tempted to move them off the road but apparently they’re quite poisonous! I found more about them here (yes I’m a nerd…).

Isn’t nature interesting? We saw several metres of these caterpillars, following each other head-to-tail, near our place in the Barcelona hills. I was tempted to move them off the road but apparently they’re quite poisonous! I found more about them here (yes I’m a nerd…).

Man have I missed cooking. We have had apartments and ‘aparthotels’ with a basic kitchenette, but between the limited cookware and our short stays it wasn’t really practical to cook much. But with ten days and a reasonable kitchen here in Barcelona, we’ve been able to have a little more fun with home-cooked food. Today’s meals: pancakes with raspberries and honey for breakfast; cold meats and cheese with beers on the rooftop for lunch; fritatta and salad for dinner. Aside from the rooftop, it could almost be a Sunday back home…
Other things we’ve cooked on this trip: many a salad, pan-fried chicken legs, steaks, pork cutlets, chilli con carne, burritos, brinner (ie. breakfast for dinner [usually scrambled eggs + bacon/sausage + mushrooms]), stir-fry, beef stew, pasta, roasted veggies, roast chicken, poached eggs.
Things in my kitchen that I feel are essential but apparently are not standard: electric kettle, rice cooker, toaster, veggie peeler, decently sharp knives, tea, heaps of spices, several different kinds of chilli.

Man have I missed cooking. We have had apartments and ‘aparthotels’ with a basic kitchenette, but between the limited cookware and our short stays it wasn’t really practical to cook much. But with ten days and a reasonable kitchen here in Barcelona, we’ve been able to have a little more fun with home-cooked food. Today’s meals: pancakes with raspberries and honey for breakfast; cold meats and cheese with beers on the rooftop for lunch; fritatta and salad for dinner. Aside from the rooftop, it could almost be a Sunday back home…

Other things we’ve cooked on this trip: many a salad, pan-fried chicken legs, steaks, pork cutlets, chilli con carne, burritos, brinner (ie. breakfast for dinner [usually scrambled eggs + bacon/sausage + mushrooms]), stir-fry, beef stew, pasta, roasted veggies, roast chicken, poached eggs.

Things in my kitchen that I feel are essential but apparently are not standard: electric kettle, rice cooker, toaster, veggie peeler, decently sharp knives, tea, heaps of spices, several different kinds of chilli.