Thursday, September 20, 2007
*whew* quite a day...or my brush with the criminal underworld.
Look what you can get yourself in Barcelona!!!
The sign actually made me laugh pretty hard, it is in fact a used clothing store, explaining what a pimp was to the girls was a little less funny though.
I had a bit of a mix up on Las Ramblas today with some rather unsavory characters today, an older woman, obviously a tourist was being bullied by a guy, I stepped in and his three friends materialised out of the crowd, which escalated things a bit. This is a typical system for picking pockets. They get one person busy and lift the other's wallet, the man was probably the target. I continued to be rather pushy, got called a name or two, not nice ones, but she left with her wallet and purse intact and the crowd that formed melted away. Don't know if the man still had his wallet, but the guys were pretty busy hassling me, so he probably did. The girls were a mite freaked out by it all.
If you ever come to Las Ramblas and you are stupid enough to mix it up with the hard looking men that run those three boxes/one ball 'coconut shisies' thing, don't expect anyone to help you out. They were at best gullible. Though I am honestly not sure what exactly was going on, she didn't speak English but those guys were deeply unfriendly and quite aggressive. Never seen anything quite like that before.
The day improved though because the girls and I were in Barcelona to meet up with my SISTER!!! YEAH!!!! She was there for one day only and could get part of it off from work, so we met up at 2:30 or so and had some paella, and ice cream and a lovely time hanging out...then we had to come back home because I had to work. Ah well.
It was very strange, but very fun. Spend an hour and a half together in this city, and then she was gone again.
Taught two classes, one was kind of fun, and one was a drag. I had to be such a witch. It so sucked.
Time for bed.
Tomorrow, walk the dog, study Catalan in anticipation of my placement test next week, NAP, and teach just a little bit.