May 26th, 2002

Brian and Anne

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well, we didn´t go back out last night.. crashed like we did in Cordoba, only twice I woke up and asked Sarah if she wanted to go out but she was too tired and this morning she´s depressed because we didn´t go out. We even had a potential companion for going out, name of Ivy - this lovely young black woman (22) who is working for a year at a hospital in belgium before going to the university of michigan for her medical degree. One of those people who makes you feel old, you know? like, why has it taken me this long to be well traveled? But at 22 I traveled a lot around the states and that was a goodness.

So this morning I got up early, had breakfast, went back to sleep a while, then made a list of things in Barcelona I want to see. Sarah had gone back to sleep while I was ding this so now she is showering and no doubt beating herself up about getting started so late.

I think it will be a good five days here. Yesterday we just wandered but I feel oriented now, so that´s good. We don´t have much money in Euros today but we can change US cash at the exchanges at a decent rate and maybe monday go to the american express office.

I want to go to L ´aquarium sometime. It´s supposed to be the biggest in Europe, was just put in in 1995. There´s lots that should be fun.
Brian and Anne

So, am I crazy?

SO yesterday we were wandering along the Ramblas (a series of streets that run together and are all ramblas this or ramblas that and are a big shopping slash tourist area) and we came upon the lladró shop. lladró is a ceramics and porcelain maker centered in Valancia here in spain. They have a number of different artists and you can get some of their work in the states but here was a gallery of all kinds of different lovely things. There´s one in particular I´ve been looking at for me and I´m thinking about that, but the really crazy thing I´m thinking about is getting one for Joe and Aimee for their wedding. The one I really like is like $225 plus shipping (probably about $45 ... these pieces are just a little too fragile from me to consider carrying myself) and the thing is porcelain is so unlike Joe but at the same time I remember him picking flowers for me as though thinking flowers were special was something very unique and I know he can appreciate defferent things and I _think_ aimee would like it. But that´s a lot to spend on something I´m not sure they would like. So am I crazy to be even thinking about it?

It´s this figure of a slim brown-hair man, somewhat plain, with his bride in his arms - a slim brown-haired beauty with her arms around his neck.

Sarah thinks almost all the lladró stuff is soulless mass-produced stuff. There´s a lot of it I don´t like. But mom and dad once had this lamp with porcelan figurines and I think there´s just something special about them.

what do you think?