Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Scenes from our weekend

As you may know, this past Sunday was Mother's Day in the U.S. (a belated Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!), but you may not know that the week before was Mother's Day here in Spain. We skipped celebrating the Spanish Mother's Day mostly for mundane reasons: the Professor had a basketball game and the little one's nap ran too long. But we actually discovered that Spanish Mother's Day is not that big a deal here anyway. When I asked most of my Spanish friends what they planned to do last weekend on their special day, most of them gave a shrug and said probably nothing. Now, I don't expect a lot on this day either but it's nice to have a little bit of acknowledgement and maybe a nice little surprise. In my case, the surprise was flowers, a framed photo of me and my baby and a finger painting by the little one. What more could I want?

Here are some scenes from our weekend:

For lunch on Sunday, we headed out to Kibuka, a Japanese restaurant in Gracia. The Professor and I are suckers for sushi but I'm also the kind of person who can never resist a steaming bowl of soup. This magical udon dish definitely hit the spot. 

On Saturday, we happened upon a street fair a few blocks away and along with the usual street foods (olives, cheese, beer, an assortment of hams), many Spanish street fairs have some fried fish or seafood. This plate of cuttlefish (called sepia in Spanish) was so tender and tasty not at all like the greasy, rubbery stuff you sometimes get in restaurants.

I've written before about the Catalan tradition of forming human pyramids, called castellers. We've seen them often enough now that it's not that big a deal anymore but I remember the first time we saw one, we were a bit taken aback. It's impressive, sure. But it's also a bit terrifying especially as the highest tiers normally have small children. Sometimes the whole thing starts swaying slightly and you can see the bottom tiers wobbling a bit and it seems like everyone in the crowd is holding their breath. But then the little girl gets to the top, everyone cheers and then she quickly scrambles down. 

At the street fair, we found this vintage foosball table that had players dressed in FC Barcelona kits playing against their longtime rivals, Real Madrid. The Professor would love to own this table especially since Barcelona's had a disappointing season so far and at least in foosball you could get the players to do what you want. 

Finally, a shot of me and my little monkey clowning around. You know what's so sweet? Roman's just learning now how to kiss and how to hug. If you asked him for a kiss before, he would just kind of bring his cheek to your mouth so you could kiss him. But now he purses his lips together and makes a smacking sound on your face which is close enough. And when you ask him for a hug, he'll wrap his arms around you and lay his head inside the crook of your neck.It's the most heart melting thing in the world. I guess he figured out how to do it just in time for Mother's Day. :) 

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. That human pyramid is ridiculous! How scary and amazing...

    1. It is indeed both scary and amazing! Thanks for stopping by!