I just returned from a short but very memorable trip to Barcelona, vistiing Marc and my beloved BarÃ§a. A nice selection of photos are now up on my Flickr account.
I caught an early flight on Tuesday morning, just in time to do some shopping before going to my first ever Champions League game. BarÃ§a demolished Werder Bremen 3-1, fielding Larsson in place of Eto'o. Marc actually didn't get back from Calgary until Thursday, so I went to the match with his good friend Pere Grau (gracies, Pere!).
Wednesday and Thursday I mostly spent money I don't have, including selling my soul for BarÃ§a gear at the Camp Nou megastore botiga.
After Marc returned, he braved jetlag to drive us up into the mountains for a great day hiking about in the forest and a country lunch (mmmm... rabbit). The delicacies continued to flow back in BCN as we met friends for a Kashmiri meal and then drinks in the Raval district.
Saturday was back to the countryside, staying at Marc's grandparents place in Sant Hilari Salcam. Great little town, and would be an ideal place to get away when I'm finishing off my thesis in a couple years. We spent the night there, and stopped for lunch at his uncle's in Besalu before returning for the match against Racing Santander. Another commanding performance from Ronaldinho and company. Eto'o scored an impossible opener, walking through four defenders, and it was off to the races! Yet again, only a penalty saved the opposition from being kept off the scoresheet entirely. 4-1 final.
Visca el BarÃ§a, i visca Catalunya lliure! Moltes gracies, Marc!