Friday, October 18, 2013

keep on the sunny side

It's been exactly 2 months since I moved to Barcelona. Two months of new experiences, new people, new city, new life. And it's been a trip. Been feeling the pressure, school is really starting to put the squeeze on now. And today, after a really, really tough week (combined 20 hours or so of sleep over the last 4 days), I feel destroyed. A good time for a reminder that we have to be good and take care of ourselves.
Another weekend of shellfish last Saturday, probably the last weekend in a long while that I can do this. La Boqueria is wonderful for the heart ... not so much for the wallet. Starting with plump, fleshy mussels, singing of the sea ...
... and although the sardines weren't top quality, a good bite of fish ...
... before I was in absolute paradise with my berberechos ...
... and my first taste of these tiny shrimp, reminding me of the tiny lake shrimps I love eating in Shanghai, stuffed full of roe ...
... before ending with navajas and little 'snails of the sea', flash fried with green onion, ginger, and black bean sauce. A taste of home when I desperately needed it. Will have tonight to recover, get back some sleep. But tomorrow and the rest of this weekend, back to work ... a midterm paper due on Monday, with the rest of the midterms to follow in just over a week. No complaints, no moaning. Let's get to work.

Oh, the storm and its fury broke today /
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear /
Clouds and storms will in time pass away /
The sun again will shine bright and clear.

- Ada Blenkhorn, Keep on the Sunny Side (1899)


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