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Letters from Barcelona 2019

Post-Barcelona Travels

Apparently, Inquiring Minds want to know about my post-Barcelona travels, so here’s a brief update. I wrestled my duffel bag and backpack onto a Vueling Airlines flight from Barcelona to Paris, and settled into a nice Airbnb just down the … Continue reading

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Hasta Luego, Barcelona

My six-week stay in Barcelona has flown by and I will miss being here. Tomorrow I’m flying to Paris and London, and will be back in the U.S. briefly for the holidays. Hausman Tour 2020 kicks off in Dublin in … Continue reading

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In Praise of Elsa y Fred

Named after the 2005 Argentinian movie of the same name (remade in 2014 starring Shirlely MacLaine and Christopher Plummer), this has been my favorite gastropub in my Barcelona neighborhood during my stay. It has excellent online ratings and deservedly draws … Continue reading

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Today’s Independence Protest

I’ve done my best to avoid getting too close to the protests going on here in Barcelona, as recommended by our embassy, but today I found myself up close. I ran into a pretty large protest march I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Learning to Speak Schengen

As a retired person, a U.S. citizen, and a senior nomad, I’m officially a tourist. So how does that work, with regard to visas and such, in and around Europe? Countries around the world like to have some control over … Continue reading

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In Which I Go To The Movies

I haven’t done this in years, but today I went off to a local movie theater to see a movie, in English but with Spanish subtitles. Yes, I admit to being a die-hard Downton Abbey fan. In the summer of … Continue reading

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The Catalonian Independence Scene

I arrived here in Barcelona in late October, just after a weekend of massive demonstrations, including three nights of violence and destruction. Really large peaceful protests (350,000 – 500,00) like the one above got a lot of attention, and not … Continue reading

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Solving the European Appliances Riddle

My apartment in Barcelona includes some nice, modern appliances. However, all their controls and instructions are, of course, in Spanish. For the last 28 years or so, I lived with appliances in Virginia that were pretty primitive by today’s standards, … Continue reading

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Dogs and Their Owners

My Barcelona neighbors include a lot of dogs, large and small. They’re well-behaved for the most part and are almost always on a leash, as required by law, when I see them. And, although they pee a lot on trees, … Continue reading

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Smokers Galore

There are a lot of smokers in Barcelona. None inside public places like bars and restaurants, thank God, but plenty outside. The many cigarette vending machines display strict-looking signs about having to be over 18 to use them. In one … Continue reading

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