Summer is gone?
September has already started and with it the summer/vacation period is usually considered ended by media and work offices. I don’t think I like this month too much, the only thing I’m looking forward is the temperatures to drop down (at least a little bit) and although my birthday is this Thursday (the 6th) I’d consider myself more of an October gal.
In October it’s our anniversary and I tend to associate it with good stuff, like Halloween and hot drinks, also Sitges Film Festival takes place (new interesting movies!) and it’s when we visited Japan and we went to DisneySea. See? All the good stuff, ha! On the contrary in September there’s this sense of planning, the need to step up at work, be already super productive to show that we are making up for that summer vacations.
Do you have a similar feeling? Or should I be less harsh with this month? Do you think that my birthday is maybe putting an extra gloom factor in me?
So now that September is here with us, let’s look back at what this (unsual for us) summer looked like and bid goodbyes!
When I was a kiddo I spent all the summers in Roses, a town in “La Costa Brava”, which is the name the northern coastal line takes in Catalonia. However, it wasn’t until last year that we decided to explore more of its charm, the two of us together; Daniel’s family didn’t visit Costa Brava when he was a kid.
Since we are not beach rats, meaning you won’t find us more than 10 minutes laying in the sand, we realized that what appealed us more was to visit little coves (also small beaches) and do the hiking between them. The water in the coves is absolutely gorgeous, cleaner than you would find in larger sand beaches and with lots of fishes swimming with you. This summer we took my family and we even saw a stingray (super cute!)
Juno is always the highlight for us, no matter the season. Crazy cat mom alert. This summer she has been quite obsessed with sleeping all night next to my side (even on those +40 ºC days!), which of course I love.
She has also discovered the caramel collection of the Haagen Dazs ice creams, every time we get one from the freezer she thinks we have a treat for her and runs to me licking her face. I know it’s not too healthy for her, so I only give her very tiny portions, but I can’t resist her demanding face; she also insists giving me little touches on my arm with her furry paws, so cute.
Since my mom comes to visit us in Barcelona every two weeks (or more) we seldom go to my hometown on weekends, but we decided to make an exception this summer. I was born in Figueres, a village in the north of Catalonia, right next to France. One fun fact is that it is so close to France that I actually had my dentist in a town called Le Boulou instead of Girona (which would be the nearest Catalan city) and also watched cartoons in French. Unfortunately, although I can understand quite a lot, I don’t speak neither write French, such a pity!
The most famous thing about Figueres is that its Dali’s hometown too. This time we decided to walk a hike that goes around an interesting site of the village: the St. Ferran castle. When we visit my mom we almost always end up eating a roasted chicken, it’s like something we don’t have even to talk beforehand.
This year we didn’t have summer vacations, it’s true we had a couple days off when we went to London (yay!) and also a couple more when my family from Madrid was visiting us here, but not the regular of (at least) two weeks to completely reset your head from the routine. That’s why I call our summer a “Staycation”, even though we had to work most of the days: we tried to seize what Barcelona can offer during summer, which in our book is: food, exhibitions and some summer special events.
Do you remember our session with Elena, my beautiful dancer friend? Here is a little behind the scenes in case you didn’t caught it in our Instagram stories.
What was the highlight of your summer? What catches more your attention from our summer? We would love to chat!
Bye Bye summer 2018!