So - last weekend (it is Tuesday now) was a long one - today is a holiday so in Spain that also means that nobody works on the Monday - including dedicated 1st year MBA students. Early last week Cristina, Lena, David and I decided we would make a weekend of it and travel outside of Barcelona. There is a well-known town called Cadaqués about 2 hours up the coast where a lot of people in Barcelona either have second houses or holiday for the summer. By the Saturday we had rustled up a mob of around 16 people and so we all headed off at various times (Lena's car being typically bang on time and Alexandre's typically 5 hours late!). We (Andreas, Srini, Blaithin and I) stopped in Figueres on the way and whiled away a couple of lazy hours in a shady square mulling over our future dreams & aspirations. It turned out that none of us wanted to do anything more than run a restaurant or coffee shop !
The drive on to Cadaquez was really spectacular (see pics) - even if Andreas (Swiss) did insist on showing us his expert super-fast Alpine driving skills. Got to Cadaqués, had a couple of drinks with the rest of the posse, then headed out to the most spectacular restaurant I've been to. You drive out of town about 5 kilometres until you come across a remote lighthouse on the peninsular. All you can see as you drive up is the beam of white light circling through the mist then you come across the restaurant nestled underneath which glows a fiery yellow. An impressive sight followed by impressive food - "whiskey and cream reduction" etc. Fancy like ! Headed back into town afterwards where Alex and I took on the locals at pool (and won) before taking on Ryan (and losing). Usual shenanigans then ensued - drinking, dancing, not remembering much etc. etc.
Next morning (having gained an hour due to time-savings) at half eight five of us set out across the coastal mountains to trek back to the Cap de Creus lighthouse to see it during the day. It was a gorgeous day and a really great walk which included some bracing dips in the sea along the way.
And so, after a day spent wandering around the picturesque little streets of Cadaqués, the relucant drive back to the real world, and Barcelona.
And now, after half an hour's procrastination on a Tuesday morning, I really must get back to study. We have mid-terms next week and Financial Accounting is calling me ...
The long road to Cadaqués
Srini showing us he's the picture of health
Andreas is just happy to be alive
Alex feeling the chill
Now THAT is a poker face!!!
Cristina at the restaurant at the Cap de Creus
David losing it
Curry in Catalunya ...
Feeding time at the zoo ...
Lena watches the transactions with suspicion
Ooh the happy couple!
Ian at Cap de Creus