Thankful Everyday – The Tenth

Here we are, a third of the way through, and I feel like I’m just getting started.  This is good for the soul.  This little affirmation every day of things to be thankful and grateful for.  It’s sending positive energy out into the world.  I feel that from others.  I feel that for myself.

10. I’m thankful for coffee, in all it’s forms — lattes, au laits, drip, french press, espresso, iced, hot, and a lovely thing called a Bibero I once had in Spain.  Not only does it help me to wake in the morning, I enjoy it.  I love the warmth in the morning and sometimes the cold in the afternoon.  I love the flavor of a flavored drink or the simplicity of a really good cup o’ joe.  I enjoy trying new cafes and stands and diners.  I’m a fan, and thankful I get to drink the stuff.  It brings me joy.


10 Word Review – Ebertfest – Blancanieves

MV5BMjIyNjY2MTgxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODg2Njk1OA@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_Monochrome. Silent. Light. Close. Pepe. Bullfight. Tragedy. Story. Beautiful. Yes.

10 Word Review – The Way

Sheen. Spain. Estevez. Soul. Pulse. Grief. Adventure. Camino. Pilgrimage. YES. 

Photo Hunt – Different


Casa Batllo, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

The theme for the photo hunt this week is different. I looked through my recent archives and ran across some pictures I took in Barcelona, Spain of the Gaudi buildings. Nothing says different and unique in architecture like a Gaudi building. Strange, beautiful and amazing stuff. I’d never seen anything like them.

 This is Casa Batlló.  You can find out more by clicking on the official site link here and/or by going to the wikipedia link here.  Check out these sites, it’s pretty interesting stuff.

If you want to join in the photo hunt follow the link here to get all the info and then start taking some pictures!

Photo Hunt – Narrow


Laundry, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

It took me a little while to come up with a photo for this weeks theme, but I finally narrowed it down, every pun intended, to this one I took in a very narrow street in Barcelona, Spain. Narrow street, narrow place to hang your laundry, and small narrow balconies.

If you want to check out other photo hunt entries or get the scoop on how to join in the fun visit the photo hunt page to get all the ins and outs of it.

Candles Inside Santa Maria Del Mar

Candles Inside Santa Maria Del Mar, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Barcelona, Spain.

Taken with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.


Laundry, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Barcelona, Spain

Taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.



Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

I’ve been playing around with the Aperture program and, obviously, haven’t quite figured it all out. I will, but even still… I liked how this came out. Strange, yet cool somehow. Or maybe that’s just the color of it that makes it seem cool. Hmmmm…


Built by Gaudi, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Casa Batllo, 1905-1907 remodel, Barcelona, Spain

Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

Back In Lancaster

It’s Monday, September 17, and we are back in Lancaster. I’ve just done a massive update to my page here with pictures from our sojourn to Barcelona. I’ve not done a very good job in that they appear in reverse. If you want to view things in order, you have to scroll down to where they start and the scroll up.

Today we slept in, recovering from our nights out on the Spanish town, and have just sort of hung out here at Mary and Martin’s house. It’s been quiet and nice. A good way to spend one’s birthday.

Since I didn’t log onto this thing yesterday when we got back from Spain and it was Syd’s birthday, I’d like to say a very happy, though belated, birthday to you Syd. Hope you had a fantastic day! Much love to you.

Plaza – Las Ramblas

Plaza – Las Ramblas

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Las Ramblas is the main pedestrian only thoroughfare crossing through most of downtown Barcelona. Lots of cafes, shops, and no cars whipping by. You might have to maneuver around the pigeons though, there are a lot of them around.

Walking Around Barcelona

Walking Around Barcelona

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Looking Out From Park Guell

Looking Out From Park Guell

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

From Park Guell you get a great view of the port below.

Colonades At Park Guell

Colonades At Park Guell

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

More Of Park Guell

More Of Park Guell

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

The tiled area, where people are sitting, is a huge area with tiled snaking seats all around it. From there you get a great view of Barcelona.

Park Guell

Park Guell

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Park Guell, another Antonio Gaudi creation, was originally planned as a sort of housing development. However, no one at the time bought into the idea. Eventually the property was given to the city and it is now a fantastic park full of strange buildings, and walkways.



Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

We stopped at this little cafe to get an espresso, and a little pastry. Martin ordered an espresso, Mary an orange juice, and Karen a xocollata, basically a warm cup of liquid chocolate that tasted a bit like warm home made chocolate pudding. We thought it would be hot chocolate, it wasn’t, but it was good. Finally, I ordered, without knowing what it was, a bibero. This is a picture of it. It was espresso on the top and warm white chocolate on the bottom. Outstanding.

Another View Of The Casa Batlló (1906-1908)


Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

The Casa Batlló (1906-1908)

The Casa Batlló (1906-1908)

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Day Two and another Gaudi building. We spent day two, our first full day in Barcelona, touring all over the city, mostly on foot. We did use the Metro, the Barcelona subway, a few times as well, mostly when we went out to see La Sagrada Familia, another Gaudi, and the hospital. I’ll include pictures of both later.

On this day, Friday, we traveled around to many different parts of the city including the Barri Gotic, the old part of the city, up the hill to La Sagrada Familia, and over to the old hospital with it’s gothic buildings. It was a great day. The weather perfect, the companions excellent, and the sites fantastic.

Barcelona Architecture

Barcelona Architecture

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

Took this the first night, while we were walking around. This is actually a newer or newish building, lovely at night.

CASA MILÀ, “LA PEDRERA” (1906-1912)

CASA MILÀ, “LA PEDRERA” (1906-1912)

Originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl

We arrived in Barcelona last Thursday, Sept 13, in the afternoon, found the apartment Martin rented for our stay, stashed our stuff, and then set out on foot to check out a couple of Gaudi Buildings (very famous architect from Spain who’s buildings, park, and other structures have added greatly to Barcelonas fame for it’s architecture.) and find ourselves some dinner. We did both. This building, the first of the Gaudi buildings we actually visited, is strange, beautiful, and sort of awe inspiring. Gaudi’s work is like nothing we’d ever seen before. Really amazing. The second of our reasons for venturing out, dinner, was found at a little cafe where we enjoyed our first attempt at ordering in Spanish. Interesting, and sort of fun, considering none of us could or can speak Spanish. We also had no idea (well, Martin had at least a bit of an idea about some of it, which helped) what we were ordering. We did well, getting several tapas plates which included meats, cheeses, bread (pan) with tomato sauce, and potatoes with some dipping sauces. The only strange thing we got, without really knowing what we were ordering, as I said, was a bag of potato chips. It was funny, and unexpected. Something that the waiter also wasn’t sure we wanted, as evidenced by the fact that when he brought them he tried to ask us if we were sure we wanted them. He didn’t know English, but we could tell he was a bit confused by our inclusion of them in our selection of food. We were also able to order water for Karen, Coke for Mary, and two Estrella Damm beers, for Martin and I.

All in all we had a very nice journey to Spain that Thursday including a not so bad two hour flight on Ryanair from Blackpool to Girona, a not so bad hour long bus ride from Girona to Barcelona, a fairly short cab ride from the bus station to the apartment, and a really nice walk to find Gaudi and dinner. Day one – excellent.