Saying goodbye to amazing friends

Our year in Barcelona was truly amazing. We traveled around, visited many places I have studied, I collected thousands of documents for my thesis, my cooking has greatly improved, my Spanish improved dramatically and I now understand Catalan well. Barcelona is an incredible city, so creative and alive that kept us buzzed with ideas all the time. Yet, the most important thing we got out of our year here was the number of incredible friends we have made. We feel we have made friendships that will last our lifetime… It was really a life-changing experience for us. The people I have met here really broadened my horizons, made me think in new ways, gave me so much that I’ll never be able to repay them.

Today we had a lunch party with about 15 of our closest friends here. They hailed from all parts.

From Catalunya: Pau & Mireia, Eli & her boyfriend; Mexico: Jesús, Citlali; Uruguay: Andres (who taught me to make mate! more on that later…); Germany: Sebastian, Sylvie; India: Jacquie; Canada: Joy; Australia: Zephyr; Chile: Francisca; Andalusia (Spain): Carmen; Brasil: Carmem

I was very proud of all the food we made. For starters Sebastian made a cured Salmon filet, and I prepared some fresh veggies with dip. Lunch consisted of Chicken Marbella (a recipe I got from a professor in Canada),  Basmati rice,  Gratin de Chou-Fleur, Fennel salad with red peppers & green onions, Spinach salad with pinenuts and honey-balsamic dressing.  Desserts were completely Catalan: Flam de Mató, Mel i Mató (both from Granja Viader, the oldest dairy house in Barcelona and home of the best mató in town), Musik (dried nuts), all served with heaps of dessert wines (Muscatel in a porrón, icewine, orange wine…). Pau has made Alan an honorary Catalan citizen for his expertise with the porrón and will be sending him a Catalan ID card soon ;)

In usual fashion, we sat down to eat at around 3 pm and the first ones left at 8:45 pm while the rest trickled our around 11:30 pm.  We had an amazing time with everyone and will hold each and everyone of them in our hearts when we leave…

[note: tomorrow I’ll post pictures here] 

Chicos, espero veros todos en Canada un dia!!! Volveremos a Barcelona pronto!!

Author: guerson

Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

5 thoughts on “Saying goodbye to amazing friends”

  1. Olá, Alexandra!
    Obrigada pelos comentários e dicas no meu blog.
    Estou vendo que agora que cheguei aqui você já está voltando para o Canadá.
    A Espanha é a terra do meu avô paterno e uma das minhas bisavós maternas. Ambos eram de Málaga. Um dia quero conhecer minhas origens… hehehe
    Tenho bastante coisa para ler nos seus arquivos, 1 ano de posts, mas sei que vou me divertir. :)
    Coloquei seu link no meu blog. Espero que não se importe.
    Beijo

  2. Oi Van!

    Seja Bem-vinda ao meu blog! O nome deve mudar agora que estou voltando ao Canada – quando iniciei o blog não imaginava que fosse continuar o blog depois da viagem por aqui, mas hoje não tem jeito, não fico sem o blog ;)

    A Espanha é maravilhosa, realmente. Gostei muito daqui. Me lembra o Brasil em certas coisas e fizemos muitas amizades. Mas também estamos animados em voltar pro Canada.

    Obrigada por passar por aqui, volte sempre e não deixe de deixar um comentário!

    Alexandra

  3. Poxa, no final nao nos conhecemos em pessoa! Justo no tempo da sua estadia em Barna, foram tempos atribulados pra mim. Vc tem que voltar, quero te conhecer! Estou te devendo um café!
    Boa viagem, tudo de bom!

  4. Ah, espero que sim!! quinta ou sexta que vem, tipo às 5 ou 6 da tarde? vc tá livre? Pode ser de manhã também. Só estou atribulada até quarta porque tenho que entregar um trabalho.
    Entao, me fala que a gente se vê sim!

    beijos

  5. Eu nao mexi no template, o formato é original. A única coisa que mudei foi a foto.

    Na sexta, às 6 entao?

    beijos

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