Monasterio Santa Eulalia
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... lunch in the Pacific Restaurant, for the first time, back for some more quoits. Temperature rising to a comfortable 20 degC. This time better luck we were partnered with another couple. George and the wife of the other couple beat me and the husband in the final. We were past Gibraltar by this time and on our way to Barcelona. Tonight it's the Captain's cocktail party so it's a chance to get a few free pre dinner G & Ts on P & ...
... and working every evening when the sun goes down. Dancing til sunrise in nightclubs under the bull-ring. Meeting a Prince from Ghana. Powdering my nose in the ceiling painted Tocador of the Casino. Listening to DJs playing 80s retro accompanied by classical violinists. Being serenaded by a 21-year-old Argentinian in the Plaza de las Flores.
3 foot 9 x 2.5 hours a week is a small price to pay, and I'm no maths teacher.
... unfortunately after one glorious day of sun, we were beset by thunderstorms - with some of the most dramatic lightning I've ever seen - and floods, making the festival a rather damp affair.
Since the festival, the weather has returned to its more normal beautiful state - I believe we have a high of 28º today - and life is a little quieter. A large number of cruise ships (mostly British) have come and gone and a ...
And the teaching? I love it. Even my one class of 7 year old devil-children is growing on me. I consider myself lucky when the others talk about their kids' classes and of biting, scratching, bleeding and even barking, when all I've had to contend with (apart from the incessant 101 decibel din) are bouncing erasers and little Paola who won't utter a word.
When I'm back in my West Side Story retreat I've noticed I talk to myself less now, happy for the peace.
... point where less than 3% of the
animals on the planet are actually wild animals.
Moving further into Spain some observations:
The bigger towns have an industrial look about
them, even the coastal resort towns,
A lot of industrial buildings, apartments,
houses are abandoned or not completed,
Not as many people own dogs in Spain as France which
equals less dog ***** ...