Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Monday, February 27, 2006

Goofing Off in Auditori

José (our favorite diplomat) and Alfred (our favorite meterologist and harpsichord lover)

Lenten Rose welcomes Spring with open arms

hellebore orientalis

thank you, Hartmut und Sabine :)

a typical day - 27 Feb

As some of you may already know, we have been looking for a house to move to outside of the city, so, today, we got a call from a friend whose grandparents may have a property for us to look at to rent in Tiana. Although the current tenents are still living inside the house, but we thought we would go and scope the place out...
After a little threatening chase and slowing down and speeding up of road rage, we finally arrived to Tiana. Here are some pics along the way:
Somebody´s storage door

Sculpture at the entrance to Ronda de Dalt, Plaça Monterrey
the VIEW OF THE HOUSE ACROSS from the house we wish to rent

the TOWER of the house across from the house we wish to rent

the *actual* house we hope to rent next

under a bridge

Sky and rush hour traffic

More signs of Spring's arrival - almond blossoms

Sunday, February 19, 2006

calçotada in Maçanet I

We were invited by our friends Alfred and José to spend some time in their weekend house outside of Barcelona. Since it is also the season for Calçots (Catalan green onions), we brought our grill and had a jolly time grilling, peeling, dipping and eating them in a most beautiful surrouding.
The property itself, has a forest feel to it, with its rising hills and visiting animals. In addition to the main house, there is also a smaller version of the main house for us to sleep in :) Nabí and I were entertained by Alfred and his incredible collection of harpsichord LP´s, this man (my student) puts me to shame by how much he knows about the repertoire of a relatively unknown instrument, MY instrument. Alfred can hum and whistle along any symphony and any harpsichord piece. He began to love the harpsichord even before the early music revival phenomenon in the late 70´s, he has survived all the librarian-turned harpsichordists and pedalled-octaved recordings of the harpsichords from the 70´s, and today, he is as passionate about the music as he was then, how many musicians have a love for their instrument to a level remotely close to his? I don´t know. As a performing harpsichordist, I am only grateful that there are people out there who are like him.

I´m going to win some prize somewhere with this photo, I´m sure of it...

pouring over the LP collection

the lovely living area from the mothership

calçotada in Maçanet II

Alfred, José and me

view from the mothership living room

burnt trees on the property from a forest fire a few years ago


Alfred, the fire eater

mothership and the guest cabin

pathway directly outside our little cabin :)

our little guest house :) complete with a fireplace which was built by Alfred :)

Monday, February 13, 2006

First signs of Spring :)

the first bunch of little white crocusi

cut flowers from this winter's Salvia Discolor

Rose of Christ

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Scenes from the Streets of Shanghai

one of the fast vanishing hidden streets in the sea of towering highrises

cool 'melting icicle' lights

psychedelic image of the view from the Bund

beautiful old houses being knocked down to make room for new skyscrapers

Colonel Sanders has made a big appearance in the subway station