Last weekend I experienced another typical Catalan tradition. In Spring families and friends gather in country homes or restaurants for ‘Calcotades” Calcotades are spring onions (giant sized compared to the ones that we get in Scotland!) and they are cooked, barbequed really, on a wood barbeque. When it comes to eating time, you pull down and off the outer burnt layers and dip the sweet white calcotades into Romesco sauce. Romesco sauce is made with almonds, garlic, sweet paprika, and a few other things that have left my memory. Delicious! But very messy! I was invited to join one of the teachers in my school, with whom I also have English classes, to Calcotades with friends and family. I had met most of them on other occasions, so it was a nice day. The spring onions are treated as a first course (an enormous first course!) and followed by barbequed meat, such as lamb chops, sausages, baked potatoes and artichokes. A feast. A pudding of some kind follows, and then coffee or tea. And then you’re unable to move for fifteen minutes! I really enjoyed the food and company, and it was a beautiful day. Lots of fresh air and some running about playing some basketball and hilarious Catalan games! Even managed to fit in some dancing! A very relaxing day, but tiring for me, with lots of food and fresh air, but especially from thinking and speaking in Spanish- the wheels start getting slow in there!Plenty of photos were taken! Then we went to Cambrils on the coast for a a walk along the port and a coffee to warm-up. A wonderful day with wonderful company.
My busy next two weeks have begun. Mum and Dad arrived on Thursday, staying for a week. I left in the morning on the bus to Barcelona airport to meet them off their flight. It was when I was standing at arrivals that I received their message saying that due to a plan hitting a flock of birds at Glasgow airport, their flight to London had been delayed, causing them to miss the next one! So they wouldn’t be arriving until after 5! I went for a wee visit into the city to help pass the hours! But we made it back to Reus in the end. We wandered around Reus the next morning and then went through for a little explore of Tarragona. I’ve yet to properly visit Tarragona. It was a beautiful day and we caught some sun sitting on the beach. We met up with Joan and family: Deidre his wife; and Maria, Alex and Danny, for some lunch on Saturday. We went to a lovely restaurant in a neighbouring village for some Calcotades. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Dad especially enjoyed his rabbit! They took us for a little trip further into the mountains to a hermitage precariously perched on a mound of rock. The weather wasn’t so great, our first damp and windy day in a couple of weeks, but it was amazing nonetheless. Beautiful scenery, with views right to the coast. The boys especially enjoyed exploring all the nooks and crannies in the rocks and running up and down the steps cut into the rock!
No plans are set for the rest of the week, but I’m sure we won’t be lost for something to do. Lots of walking is tiring certain visitors out! We’ll make the most of it anyway. And next weekend, I’m hoping to have more visitors! Two from home staying in the same hotel that Mum and Dad are in. And one of my friends from my Spanish class at University who is also working in Spain this year is stopping over with me for a couple of nights. That’ll bring me up to the Easter holidays. We only have a week, but enough time to do something. I haven’t made any plans yet. I don’t think I’ll be going home, Glasgow maybe, but I’m not sure its worth it for such a short time. I’d like to do some more exploring here, but my fellow students abroad are planning on going home so I’m on my lonesome, and exploring doesn’t seem quite as appealing without company. So, if anyone wants to go somewhere….! Even just here, I have time! Otherwise I might just be forced to go and sit on the beach all day and work on the tan!