I went into BCN today to do some Xmas shopping, which was lovely and efficient, though you have to hang onto your wallet with a vengeance, and not so much from the shop keepers.....
Then I tried to do a little more shopping here in the village. For a bunch of reasons, principally because I very much want the stores to stay in business, and if no one shops...they won't. It is lovely too, I can walk easily to all the stores in under five minutes, I know who most of the shop keepers are, and many of the other shoppers.
This is all good, and one of the things I love about living in the village, until I need to get a lot of errands done in a limited time frame.
OOOOoooooooohhhhhhh, a good exercise in developing patience that one. I got three gifts bought in an HOUR, all in stores within a three minute walk of where I live. Fabulous for my Catalan, but OMgoodness, I'll never finish at this rate! I even saw the entire assembled off-spring of one store owner and discussed where they were all living!
Not dull, just not efficient!