Sunday, November 9, 2008

The boat show

Seen near the train station...BCN is such a stylish place.



We went off to the Barcelona Boat Show today...that was a blast...from the past too.

You know what? Trade shows everywhere must be identical.

I swear they had exactly the same carpets as at the Toronto Boat Show, and the same junky kitche being sold at some of the stands. You know those hard-sell guys with the latest miracle cleaner...and too many tatoos, and that hard look behind their eyes of someone whose life has taken a few too many odd turnings?

I truly could not tell where I was most of the time...Toronto? Florida? BCN?

Youngest was me revisited. I so remember wanting to go on ALL the boats and check them ALL out. She didn't get to see them ALL. There are rather a lot more here than there were in my youth.

Power boats have surprisingly little accomodation down below.

We were on some REALLY HUGE boats when we went visiting in the Bahamas....

Despite all the sameness, there were moments when I didn't feel that it was January in TO and we were all desperately trying to remember what summer was, and that there are boats, and that water does have a liquid form....

See, some things were kind of unique to here.....

You don't normally see gegants in TO or Florida....


This is a Phil Bolger designed mini-sharpie...for those of you who get that...probably just the man...but she's FAST. Maybe we'll build one on the terrace. Or not.

You cannot get a decent photo at a boat show...too much background clutter and none of it is pretty.

Then there was this display of Russian stuff. Don't remember ever seeing that in TO at the boat show. A little weird.


AND CHECK THIS OUT! Not in Kansas anymore Toto!


Whose ever seen one of THOSE before?!?????

11 comments:

elpadawan said...

I want a Damm Beer with a big red Sin written on it!

mmichele said...

it took me a little while to figure that last one out. Don't suppose I ever saw one of those in canada

Anonymous said...

Are those tools for all the homesick Russian servants forced to live on the Med? GM

hulagirlatheart said...

Only at a local fire department, and even then it was marked "soda" despite the brewski that came rolling down the chute when you put in a buck.

Beth said...

OMG!!!!! Now that's a place I need to move to!!!! day-um!

Mar said...

Glad you enjoyed the boat show. Our friends were not willing to pay the 13 euros for the entrance so they couldn't tell us about it. Current crisis resulted in no courtesy invitations for us this time :(

GutsyWriter said...

I'm new to your blog and intrigued by the Caribbean which I love. Have you read "Am Embarrassment of Mangoes?" You must have. They sailed from Toronto to Trinidad and back in two years. Her name is Ann Vanderhoof, and I really enjoyed reading about their journey. What was yours?

oreneta said...

LP, cool isn't it....

Mmichele, me neither....

GM...I have NO IDEA! Too weird....

Hula! NO!!!!!!!!!! Your fire department had them? NO WAY!!!

Beth, pretty cool, no?

mar, sorry you aren't going...it was pretty good...big....and a fair number of people...though I don't know how much they were spending.

oreneta said...

Gutsy writer, I have indeed read the book, we sailed from Toronto down to the Bahamas in 2003 and sailed around in the Bahamas and Florida for three years with breaks in Toronto during hurricane season...then we came to Spain, and we just trucked the boat back up to Ontario, so we'll finally get to see her again. Thanks for dropping by! Have you read still in the same boat? and All in the same boat? Those folks went around the world, but were also from Toronto...I follow a couple of cruisers blogs too....

Have to renew the blogroll.

Jason, as himself said...

You live such a fascinating life!

oreneta said...

Jason as yourself (as opposed to someone else) sometimes, it is...sometimes it is much the same as everyone elses. Like most of us.