Stuff: Exploring neighborhoods, School Buddy Day, Alcohol Free Parents BBQ (wtf?!), crowded bars on a Tuesday at 2:30am!
After a morning walking around potential neighborhoods to live in (Eixample looks great!), a quick brunch …
… we hopped a cab up to the kids’ school where they were meet with their buddies for Buddy Day. Everyone was really on edge. We’d been in-country for less than 24 hours, we pulled up to the school and it looked like a prison (turns out it was a hospital and a nunnery in previous life, so the prison look makes sense!), the girls were nervous (understandable!), it was 80+ degrees and I was very very close to nuclear meltdown with heat! But it was all for naught! The heat issue went away when I got into the air conditioned library, and the girls made instant friends with their buddies and the groups they went off with. These kids were predominantly kids who have bounced around a lot to different schools in different cities and countries. It makes sense that they are more empathetic to new students. And anyway, Alexis and Emma are pretty cool kids so what’s not to love!
Melinda and I headed back to the Gracia and stumbled upon this cool looking bar/tavern called La Pubilla – our new favorite spot! They had just finished lunch service but that was fine for us as all we wanted was a drink. One vermouth (vermut here in Barcelona) for me, and one glass of wine for Melinda. Grand total – 3.80 euro. For both. Tax included. Wow. Just wow.
Oh, and there’s all this talk about how stores here are closed for like 3 hours every day, mid-day. Yes, it’s true. But people don’t mention this!
That’s a Bar/Restaurant with the roll-up doors shut for a month! From August 8th to September 3rd! WTF?!
Melinda and I went back to the school to pick up the girls and to meet other parents at the BFIS new family BBQ. Not what I expected. No alcohol at all. Shocking. Bad food, like iceberg lettuce level bad. But met some nice parents, including Maurice and Sophie, who just moved from Muir Beach, that enclave of like 150 houses on the coast near Muir Woods.
After a (shockingly alcohol-free) new parents BBQ at school, we all headed back to the Gracia and dinner at La Pepita. Got there and was told it would be a wait, about 30 minutes, but the hostess said we could go down the street to Cava Bar and have a drink while we wait. And get this, she would come get us when our table was ready! Fantastic!
And the food matched the service level. This is definitely the land of “YES”.
But that wasn’t the end of the night. Michele Bronson called us (she was in town for a conference) and said she was having cocktails at Dry Martini in Eixample.
Two cocktails with her coworkers later we stumbled across the street to Solange, an entirely forgettable and disappointing cocktail bar.
Well, the setting was nice, with elegant design and staff, but the cocktails were atrocious!
Though it is definitely amazing how many people are out partying on a Tuesday night at 2:30 in the morning! Off to bed with all of us!