Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scenes from our weekend

This past weekend was peaceful and only semi-eventful which was just how I like 'em. In addition to all the usual weekend stuff we normally do like hitting up the supermarket and spending a few hours at the park, the Professor and I had a nice, long, quiet lunch at a small cafe in Les Corts (we seem to have hit upon the most successful way to dine out: schedule them during baby's nap times!) and on Sunday we checked out a children's book fair in the Old City which was absolutely charming.

Here are some scenes from our weekend:

 The timing of the book fair was meant to coincide with the Day of St. George (El día de San Jordi) in which good ol' George slays the dragon and saves the princess. In Catalunya, St. George's Day is combined with a commemoration of the death of Cervantes. So on April 23rd, we celebrate two things: a brave knight and Spanish literature. That's why on this day, men give their sweethearts a red rose (supposedly when the dragon fell, its blood turned into roses) and women, in turn, give their men a book. Everywhere you go around town these days has books for sale and traditionally, you buy books for all of your loved ones, especially the children. So off we went to the fair to check out some books. In this picture, you can see the head of St. George's dragon, who's wearing horn rimmed glasses to make him appear to be a reader. 

I loved this globe made up of books. They really did have books from all over the world there in all different languages. I could have spent all day looking at it. 

Of course the little one thought it was an enormous ball and rushed at it, trying to grab it. He was very disappointed that he could neither kick it nor roll it nor throw it nor bite it. 

At the event, there was live music, workshops about books for children and for parents, story time, and arts and crafts. I also really liked this dome of chalkboards. Isn't that a great idea? 

Most of the kids drew predictable things: suns, flowers, hearts, their names. But some of the kids drew really interesting things. I mean, how many kids would draw an elephant's behind? And how does this tie into the snowflakes and the balloon? I really want to hear this story, don't' you?

You know what's funny and frustrating at the same time? When you and your husband decide to go out and do something just for your child like attend a children's book fair and when you get there, you discover that your child has no interest in the books, the story time, the craft workshops or the music. No. What your child wants to do is grab a plastic chair and push it all over the fair. 

So we spent a good hour watching him rearrange the furniture. Surprisingly enough, he wasn't the only little kid doing this. We saw another toddler moving a table and an enterprising four year old hauling around six chairs. They could go into business together. 

So that's what we've been up to lately. What about you guys?

P.S. Here's what we did last weekend in case you missed it. 


  1. For you it was fun. For him it was another day of moving furniture. For us in the US, it was more taxing(April 15)

  2. That's right, I forgot about tax season in the US. Hope you didn't find it too stressful this year. Talk soon!

  3. Hahaha! These pictures are great. Esp the one of the elephant butt, book statue, Roman pushing the chair, and the chalkboard dome! So creative!

    1. Thanks! Despite his chair moving, it was a pretty nice day.