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A Quick Hi

February 23rd, 2013 at 04:51 am

Two trips since last I blogged, and I'm about to go out the door in a minute.
I spent five days in Barcelona with an English friend and my MN girlfriends. I'd never been to Spain before, and may I just say, this is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. On the thrifty front, we rented a flat, ate some breakfasts there, but really spent very little time there. We went out exploring every day, ate great food, drank wonderful wonderful cheap wine, saw fabulous art, and took public transportation everywhere we didn't walk. I even braved the Tube and bus home from Heathrow with a very big suitcase so no unnecessary transportation costs.

Then a busy week teaching with double lectures one day, replenishing my skimpy larder, then off to Stratford upon Avon yesterday with a student group. I've done the Shakespeare/Anne Hathaway deal twice before, but enjoyed it again. It's been VERY cold here with a nasty wind, but I walked the High Street in Stratford and found a wonderful cookware shop, and at another shop bought a fleece for 70 percent off. That, a nice lunch, and a long conversation with another faculty couple finished off a very pleasant day. Now off to a lecture and to a bunch of used bookstores.

Very "chuffed," as the Brits say, that while waiting for the bus yesterday, three different folks asked me about bus routes. I must look like I know what I'm doing--and could actually answer their questions.

I miss my family, but they'll be here in a month!

6 Responses to “A Quick Hi”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Sounds wonderful!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Chuffed! I'm adding it to my vocabulary!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I've always wanted to visit Barcelona. I hope you will share photos at some point.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    So glad to hear you're enjoying your time. Smile

  5. Amber Says:

    Sounds awesome

  6. Jerry Says:

    Ooooh, used bookstores in London? That would lead me down the primrose path to budgetary destruction, I fear. Glad you had some insurance of visiting Spain with your friends, especially on the cheap. My parents were in Barcelona last year and absolutely loved it.

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