Our Last Night Together

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Friday, May 27, 2011

This cold was kicking my butt and the need to take care of logistics for the next portion of my trip, was reason enough for me to stay in bed and work on the computer while Lowell ventured out to Figueres to see the Dali museum. He figured out the train scheduled and spent the larger portion of the day evaluating the perverted mind of Dali. I published a few blog entries, met up with a friend of a friend, Elspeth and we reunited at the hotel around 6:30PM.

Elspeth is an English friend of my friend Pilar (mentioned in the earlier postings) who was doing me a favor and returning the small suitcase that Pilar had leant me. She recently moved to Barcelona after living in Madrid for 18 years. She has also offered to host me tomorrow night .
Since she lives very close to Park Guell, I gave myself the downtime to enjoy the park filled with a thousand other tourists. It would've been a perfect place to picnic had I planned accordingly. The talented musicians played their different instruments throughout the park while vendors tried to sell the usual souvenirs.

Did I mention that the public transportation here is wonderful? Not only are the metros easy and efficient but I have discovered the buses and have become quite the regular on number 24.

My sinuses were starting to opening up enough to not feel like a walking zombie. Our last night together and determined to experience Spain, we searched for a cool, nice restaurant. We did an hour of homework searching the "modern and fashion" category of restaurants on Barcelona.com until we settled on a Michelin one called El Tunel de Marc Palou. We had no problem getting a 9:00PM rezzi but once we got there we understood why. Not only was 9:00PM too early for Spain but the vibe was just too stuffy for our taste. The host recommended another Michelin restaurant run by the famous chef a group like our equivalent of SBE called Projectes 24 by chef Carles Abelan. Located in Born, a hip area for bars that I had wanted to check out anyway, this place was definitely trendy and looked right up my alley. But they were quick to inform us that there were no available reservations until June 7. It was for the best, the menu was fish dominate and Lowell was craving meat but better yet because directly across the street from there was a cute little place called Picnic, chef's name is Jaime Riesco. We were the only other table in the place but it sat next to the kitchen and Lowell was immediately in heaven, chatting up the chef the entire meal.

We tried pretty much every small plate and then some. Lowell’s choices far from outdid my selection of the tuna roll and shrimp plate. The winners were the perfectly just under-cooked scallops with puffed wheat and then the kangaroo dish. We finished the meal with two desserts, still in competition: an apple cobbler (Lowell) and the caramelized banana in a puff pastry with caramel sauce (Stacey). Lowell’s was better yet again.

A final stroll through the hip Born area for one last glass of Spanish rioja and back to hotel.
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