We Have a Rhythm
Hola from Barcelona! We made it, a little dazed and confused perhaps- our landlord was a little nervous at check in about this recent event in our neighborhood of La Barceloneta which has sparked some marches and calls to shut down AirBnB and other short term vacation rentals (perhaps he is not among the 75 registered legal rentals but among the 600+ others in this area?) Then two of us picked up a brutal but mercifully fast moving barf bug right off the bat which made at least one of us lie awake in agony at 2:00am wondering what in heck we were ever thinking undertaking this thing. We’ve bounced back and settled into a routine which we’ll likely maintain for the next month while we’re in the siesta zone.
Mornings we’re up and about to see a sight or two while things are not too crowded or hot. After lunch or a stop at the market, we retreat for some down time and siesta (school work coming soon to this space!) Late afternoons/early evenings we reemerge along with absolutely everyone else in the city for a walk to find some beach or park space for a little frisbee before a late dinner. A fine rhythm!
If you think the list of places that we are going to is long, then you haven’t seen the list of places we wanted to go, many of which were cut. I am pained when people ask if we are going to Morocco, Japan and India, not to mention Ireland, Northern Europe (particularly Copenhagen and Stockholm) western Europe (including Budapest and Prague) Costa Rica and the entire continent of South America. Next trip guys! A year just isn’t enough.
I suppose we could have squeezed in a few more destinations if we had compressed our schedule a little bit more, especially this month when we have week long chunks of time in Barcelona, Rome, Florence and Venice, but changing places takes time, energy and money and we weren’t sure just what our tolerance would be for shifting around while figuring out new routines. Given our slightly rocky start, I am glad to have the slower pace. After all, things will pick up come mid-October, but for now all is well. Adios!