Sunday, October 12, 2014

Barceloneta Park: Homemade Tapas & Our New Puppy Friends!

On Saturday, we attempted to visit Canino Resort Can Jane Aquapark for their last day of the season (and so I could scope out their dog daycare for my upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic). Dogs are allowed on the metro (yay!), but only with a muzzle (boo), a rule which they actually enforce. I had some fun yesterday trying to keep Kiara from ripping off her muzzle every five minutes! 

However, it turns out dogs are definitely not allowed on the buses, or most taxis. Uber, the new taxi company that allows you to book and pay via their app, does, but the estimated fare for a 20 minute ride turned out to be between 21 and 25 euros. Eek! 

So, we headed to the beach. Technically, dogs are allowed on Barcelona's beaches now (October is low season), but as this is Spain, the rules aren't always reality. 

We weren't the only ones that thought the muzzle rule was ridiculous....thanks to Kiara (and her lovely backpack), I got into this discussion with Albert and Christina, a German and Equadorian couple who had come to the beach with Cosmo, their puppy, hoping he could swim, too. We ended up following them to a lady's house where they were picking up Lily, another puppy!  Cosmo looks like he could be Kiara's son....I didn't manage to snap a photo of Lily (a brown and white cutie), because she was running so quickly!
Cosmo (reminds me of mini-Kiara!)
Kiara at Barceloneta Park

Other than that, my intensive (20 hours/week) Spanish class at Speakeasy Barcelona is going really well! Thanks to Janice, for helping me make the connection between Spanish's mysterious "fourth past tense" and French ----it turns out the Spanish actually speak using the tense that the French only use in literature or very formal speech (passe simple, or preterito indefinido in Spanish).  There I was becoming paranoid that I had somehow missed out on a tense on all my years of French grammar classes.... Ha! I get it now! 

Oh, and I've been attempting to make tapas at home....pimientos padron and a feeble attempt at patatas bravas...
My attempt at pimientos padron and patatas bravas

Also, I've been lucky enough to find a tutoring job, work as an English teacher for companies (business people come to work an hour early to learn English), and have an official contract with a language school that both contracts me out to a primary school 4 hours per week, and allows me to work at their tutoring centre.  I only need a few more hours a week (hopefully editing university papers) to be good to go! Speaking of which, I should head back to my lesson planning (I'm trying to make a schedule for the month to help make my daily lessons flow a bit more smoothly).  

Hasta luego, blog readers!  Stay tuned for next weekend's posts on Bar Jaica (my favourite tapas bar so far), beach time, and hopefully an artsy venue or two!

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