Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gönn-dir Wochenende: Bar Jaica, Tapas, Gelato, Puppies & Beach Time!

This was my most relaxing weekend in Barcelona yet. After coming home from my jam-packed week,  a meeting with my professors that went surprisingly well (they are so relaxed here!), and my tutoring job Friday night,   I did no work at all!  I spent the weekend hanging out with Ayana and Reuben (friends from Spanish class) and Ayana's roommate Mariana.

Ayana taught me a German expression - Gönn-dir -  which (as I understood it) loosely translates as "do it for yourself, because your heart desires it, without worrying about the money/time, etc...". Ayana and her friends have extended the expression to Gönn-dir Tag, a day devoted to "me time" and fun.  Hence, my extension and blog title of Gönn-dir  Wochenende!  

Here is what my weekend was comprised of:

Puppy Daycare!

On Saturday morning, we took the train to Residencia Hostal Mascotas, to check out the daycare where Kiara will be spending 10 days while I go to the Dominican Republic for Pam's wedding. It took us forever to get there, only because there was no clear tube map (surprise!) for the suburban lines, some of which don't go to Santa Colomba on the weekends! We made it though, and it looks like Kiara will have a massive room, park to play in, and doggie friends. Now, we just need to go to the vet (en español, naturalmente) to get K's annual vaccinations...

Beach time with Kiara

After the daycare, we headed to the beach to meet up with Ayana and enjoy the sunshine. Kristina, Cosmo and Lily met us's so funny to watch puppies in the sand. Kiara was a bit tired from the morning, so she was very chilled out on the beach. I love my pup! Every time I go to the beach, I am SO happy that we live here. (Apologies for the terrible photography; it is SO difficult to see the mobile phone screen in the sun!)

Ayana and Kiara
Kiara Chilling at the Beach
Cosmo chilling at the beach
Kristina, Cosmo and Lily

Bar Jaica - My Favourite Tapas Place

As I mentioned in my Barceloneta post last weekend,  Bar Jaica has the best tapas I've tried so far. Ayana had never been, so Ayana, Kiara and I went there after the beach.  We enjoyed a glass of wine (Ayana had beer with lemonade (that's Sprite to North Americans), which I will definitely try next time). We shared the patatas bravas and I had my usual - pimientos padron and tortilla (Spanish omelette).  I loved it!

This is how exhausted Kiara was on Sunday morning:

Exhausted Kiara
She slept until 1:00 pm, but was perfectly happy and excited to go for a run at 2:00 pm. What an energetic girl :) After my run with Kiara in beautiful weather, I went  back to the beach to read my Cosmo magazine in Spanish, and meet up with Ayana, Reuben and Mariana.


Gelataria Italiana is a chain here in Barcelona (much better than the chain called Dino's!).  There's one on the main street in Barceloneta (I can't find their webpage, for some reason). The ice cream tastes like it does it Italy. Mmmm...what a marvelous Sunday food! We have found the Italy in Spain :)

Cafe Alsur

Ayana, Mariana and I topped off our Sunday with a coffee and a shared piece of cake at Cafe Alsur, a beautiful venue in El Born, the Gothic area. Actually, they have locations in many places, but I think this one seems like the perfect spot to catch up on PhD readings next weekend (when I actually do some work...)

Having said all that, I do need to spend the few remaining hours of my Sunday lesson-planning, to avoid an incredibly stressful week ahead. Since the majority of my teaching experience has either been one-on-one with kids or teenagers that listen to me, or full classes of respectful adults, I have my hands full with 4 hours per week of school-aged children. 

Stay tuned for next week's posts --Kat and Philipp will be in Barcelona next Saturday for a week, so be prepared for some touristy fun!

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