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Barcelona, Day 1 [20051124|23:32]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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We left London on the Gatwick Express around the time we should have been checking in at the gate, if we were adhering to the rules about arriving at the airport two hours before a flight. But apparently, the mere knowledge of our destination was enough for us to adopt the Spanish notion of time. As London whizzed past the train, Marco and I engaged in witty, erudite conversation. By which I mean he played footie on the Playstation and I fiddled around with my cameras.

Zooming past a platformMarco and his good friend PSP

We arrived at around 4:30 pm, checked into our hotel and immediately headed out in search of pre-dinner drinks. We found a record shop sporting helpful flyers for searching out the evening's entertainment as well as hilarious graffiti. We found strong mojitos among the crumbling alleys at the end of La Rambla near the Plaça del Portal de la Pau.

From this (London suburb)……to this (First glimpse of Barca)

First shopWestside! (Record shop)

Dodgy badly lit back streetPassatge de la Pau

We left the very hip bar once "Tarzan" was over – it was being projected onto one of the far walls – to meet Marco's work friends for dinner. They're all American and don't speak Spanish. At the recommendation of yet another work friend (who's Spanish and lives in London), we sought out mamacafé, a curious fusion restaurant that allowed us the opportunity to approximate Thanksgiving dinner via the medium of pumpkin soup. Our Swedish server (not chef, sadly) warmed up to us immensely pretty much because of Marco, his fluency in Spanish, and his ability to chat with just about anybody. He rendered our flyer-collecting trip pointless by telling us exactly where to go that night.

R&R at mamacaféClassic Marco

Somehow the meal took three hours. We hit the streets again after midnight and found "Trece" (Club 13) with little trouble, although it didn't start to pick up until 1:30 AM.

Barça after midnightAlley, neon, hooker

We chilled in the electro room, shook our stuff to "Thriller," and bailed just before 3. The others went on to a club, but Marco and I went back to our hotel, not having an urgent need to pick up girls.

Marco & me, Club 13

[User Picture]From: omniana
2005-11-30 19:16 (UTC)
Yeah, pictures! You repeatedly mention Marco's ability to talk to anyone, but I attribute that characteristic to you too. Is your favorite Marco picture the one labeled "first shop?" I like. You guys are looking particularly cute in the last pic as well. man oh man, I've got to finish this damn paper and start my life. I want to be in Europe too...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-12-01 11:32 (UTC)
I'm accustomed to thinking of myself as less outgoing than he is, but I guess that's not strictly true. I get shy in certain situations, such as when we're with a group of Spanish-speakers and I'm the odd one out, but he gets shy too, such as when we're with a group of people I know from LJ.

My favorite picture is the one labeled "Classic Marco," because that's exactly how he sits and looks when he's listening. Hands folded over stomach, head tilted slightly, smiling.

I want you to be here too.
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2005-12-02 19:56 (UTC)
Our Swedish server (not chef, sadly)

oh god i very much laughed 'out loud' at this!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-12-02 21:04 (UTC)
I had to bite my tongue to keep from asking about the chef. I am bad.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-12-04 19:44 (UTC)
I missed this comment before! I stumbled on it today. Thank you. We are happy together, indeedy.
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From: capitalflash
2005-12-06 16:43 (UTC)
i love all the photographs. why is spanish graffitti so coulorful in comparision with the rest of europe?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-12-07 13:45 (UTC)
I don't know if it's more colorful. It's certainly omnipresent. Taggers don't seem to have a lot of compunctions about painting anything and everything. I remember the graffiti in Amsterdam being very vivid, but people seemed to stick to certain locations, like the train tracks and stations. Also, I think the light-colored stone and base paints of Spanish buildings show off the colors of spray-paint better than brick and wood do.
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