A great book. Even if you don't cook. Fantastic. The photography is so delicious it makes you want to eat things you might already know you don't like. And it contains pictures and references to everyday life in Barcelona that sometimes you just don't have your camera ready enough to catch. I have never tried one recipe, but it's my favorite housewarming gift at the moment and I cherish the copy I bought for myself. Sophie Ruggles' My Barcelona Kitchen, published by Murdoch Books.
The almond trees are impatient. I was impatient too. Before. Barcelona teaches me to wait. And wait. I take advantage of it now. I write novels on index cards as I stand in line at the meat counter. I practice my Spanish with one salesperson while the other one takes an hour to dig up my size from the storage room. I walk and slowly and take pictures of everything when the buses and trains go on strike. Patience, a virtue. But oh, how I love to see the bursting almond trees, ignoring the seasons, being pushy, reminding me of my old self!
I like to be part of clan. It's fun to know that there are others out there like you. They have the same awkward feelings, frustrations, joys, elations. They ride the roller coaster too. And every one of them has a story. Listen in. Or listen up. Once a month Robin Willis collects his friends together, provides a microphone, libations and few chairs in one of Barcelona's more funky meeting places. I totally related to Rafa's talk -- walk faster please!
By Maia Pay Ozguc
Barcelona Impressions. Be curious. Be present. Be Barcelona!