Thursday, January 22, 2015

Funerals (again)

One of the tricky things about living in another country is getting hold of the traditions and doing it correctly.  With things like weddings, this is not such a big deal, but with a funeral?  Whole different kettle of fish.

You see, if people are happy, like at a wedding, and you get the protocol a little wrong, they are generally forgiving.  If they are already distressed, like with a funeral, not so good.  Generally viewed as insulting.

So, when we were faced with another funeral here - one of the things about living in a small town?  I go to WAY more funerals than I ever would in Canada.  WAY!!!!

First big difference.  You can wear most anything you want to a funeral.  LOTS of people show up in jeans.  The man and I are almost always by far the most formally dressed, and people comment on it.
Also, for a society that recognizes the difficulty of losing a family member, even one that in Canada would be relatively distant, they are in other ways surprisingly relaxes about who goes to the funeral. My boss' father died, and I've worked there for going on 9 years now, but the funeral was at a time that was nearly impossible.

No worries, The Man could go as the representative of the family.  What a great idea!!!!

As long as SOMEONE shows up, all good.

That was the big take-away this time.  It is OK if you cannot go, they recognize that it is sometimes really hard to get off work (not so much in Canada if it is someone close) but that you can send any warm body as a representative.

Pretty clever.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Then we went caving again

On Sunday....

we saw a bat, a salamander and a lot of very big healthy spiders!!!!

No pictures of my own as they've informed me that caves are death to cameras, too much dust. 

Fortunately other folks with snappy phones are willing to share, so here's a couple!

I may have to work out how to take photos in another way...cause it is frustrating taking none, the places are really cool.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Palau de la Música!

Then that night, we went to a concert at the Palau de la Música!!!!

Spectacular, the building was amazing, they played Mahler's 5th, which was wonderful. 

It was the Simòn Bolivar Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel.  Fabulous,

Some photos.

First the Cathedral that we walked past on the way there!  BTW, never ever ever, go into BCN on a Saturday night during the month of sales. OMG the people!!!!!

Though the concert was sooooo worth it!

The view from our seats, the building is amazing, and the photo makes them look MUCH more distant that they were.  Weird.

Details of the building.

Huge thanks to our wonderful friends for the tickets!!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Today is Sant Antoni

The patron saint of animals, so look who we had going around and around the town!

Lots and lots of horses!

and dogs, and rabbits and cats and and and, the day of the blessing of the animals!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Life grabbed me and shook me up

So I didn't get the next post up!

On Sunday Youngest and I went off climbing up and down ropes in preparation for doing some vertical caves!


 We went up and
 down and
and down

it was serious fun

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Missed writing yesterday, went caving today

The day just got toooooo hectic, including a haircut late at night, then dinner with a friend, then prepping Saturday's class with the man at 10:30 pm!!!!

Still had to pack for caving after that...

TOO busy, but all's some photos!

The cave actually goes on quite a long way from here, but you need scuba tanks, and the folks who do cave diving tend to have, ahhhh, short life spans.  Cost/benefit ration just doesn't work out in my mind.

A lot of this cave was very low, some of it very very low.  Not my favourite part of caving...but it was still a very good day.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hey Baby

That's what someone called out to me when I was on my bike today.

Hey Baby!

Younger guy, lets say mid 20s, big smile, big open arms. 

I ignored him completely, feeling pissed inside. 

He switched to Spanish and said (in translation) 'pardon me, could I ask you a question' a much different message, but he already had my back WAY up.

Angrily and in English, I told him I wasn't his baby, and kept on going - barely biting back the urge to tell him to f*** off.....he asked if he could ask me a question, this time in English. 


and I was gone.

It left me thinking though.  The difference in tone between the Spanish question and the English one were very different.  In English, at best it sounded like a sleezy pickup line in a bar, at worst, how you'd talk to a hooker. 

Got. my. bakc. right. up.

In Spanish very correct and very polite.

It made me wonder if he'd heard it on TV or the movies and thought it was OK, which almost made me want to talk to him and tell him the impression he was making (once a teacher, always a teacher I guess)  but another part of me.....omg

I am finally old enough I mostly don't have to deal with this shit on the streets anymore. Middle aged women are basically invisible, and it is nice.

F*** OFF!!!!  guys.  Just F. OFF.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

walking again

Nothing huge, but went with a friend for about 4 hours, and with youngest too, we wandered around really, nothing too profound, but it was lovely. 

We found this 'mina'  these are springs in the hill that are developed to either produce water on sight, or like this one was, to send it down to the town below...this one was pretty developed and so we stuck our noses in.

Cool, no?

There was also this big rock, if you look carefully it looks like a gigantic dinosaur egg.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tea, for me, is a very private thing

I think that tea should be a social thing, a lot of the time and the few times I am with my British family, I do adore it how someone always goes and puts the kettle on for everyone. 

My parents do too, but they drink their tea very differently than I do, (green and very weak) so we don't tend to share it out.

No one in my immediate family likes tea, and sometimes, out of a sense that tea should be sociable at least some of the time, I offer my kids some.  NEVER any takers, they just don't like it.

Now don't get me wrong, I still love my cups of tea, but sometimes, it is just better when you're sharing it.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

the Master's!!!

One course complete

The other course......just handed in the big fat project!!!!


Still some details,
  • make sure a different section is published for the class  DONE!
  • comment on the other teams' work  DONE!  (8.1.15)
  • fill out and send in two evaluation forms, one an auto-evaluation and one for the course, strangely to be filled in before we get our marks. DONE! (23.1.15)
  • stop updating social media accounts we had to create associated with the project DONE! (9.1.15)
  • delete all the social media accounts
However, the DONE!!!!!

(I will miss working with two of the guys, but not so much the third!)

Wow.  Relief.