Since I post on Instagram pretty often and I would like to post more regularly on the blog, I thought that it might be a nice idea to choose the nicest pictures at the end of every month and write a bit more about them. Like this you will also get a little insight of what I am up to here in Spain.
So, let’s start with my November diary!
On the second of November the boyfriend, whom I will call Jordi from now on, and I celebrated our three year anniversary. I can’t believe we’ve been together for three years already, but I am hoping for many more! Like I wrote under the picture, being an expat and leaving your home country to go live with a foreign boyfriend definitely brings along some ups and downs. But for now, I am still very happy with the decision I made and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Jordi and I celebrated this by going to a sushi restaurant, since we are pretty much addicted to sushi.
This month I have taken many pictures of the port of Badalona, but this is probably my favourite one. I took this one on Saturday afternoon walk and the view over the sea, with the dark clouds and apartment buildings in the background just make a perfect picture in my opinion. I absolutely love this part of the city and I hope that some day we will live there. For the people living in Barcelona, I think it is worth it to come visit Badalona at least once! It is pretty quiet compared to the big city, but really beautiful, in its own way, and very well connected to Barcelona.
The highlight of November, for me, was going to Aire Barcelona. This was Jordi’s gift to me for our anniversary. We went there on a Sunday and we experienced the most relaxed couple of hours ever. In the spa we were allowed to stay in several different baths, with warm or cold water, a bubble bath, or a salt bath that made you float(!), for an hour and a half and besides that, we also had a baño de vino (a wine bath) in our package. This meant that we could stay in a private bath that was filled up with red wine. During the session we were also given a glass of wine and we got a facial- and scalp massage. This was so good, I could have easily fallen asleep there. Even though the organisation was a little bit messy, the Aire experience was perfect.
As you might notice, I love going for walks. And this is another picture I took close to the port of Badalona. It is a statue of a monkey holding a bottle of anise. This statue represents the Anís del Mono, which is a brand of anise that is actually produced in Badalona and the factory is very close to this statue. Most of the time you will find people taking selfies with the monkey, but this time I was lucky and I was able to capture him on his own.
Last week I went to visit a friend of me, who is currently living in Arenys de Mar. It was my first time in that town so my friend took me on a little tour. The most peculiar thing I found on this tour was this little outdoor church. On this picture you can see the benches in the middle of a park and behind me there was an actual altar. This was the first time I saw an outdoor church, and I still think that is very special. Little, Spanish towns can surprise you a lot!
Friday the 25th it was Black Friday. To be honest, I didn’t know the concept of Black Friday till a couple of weeks ago, but I did not expect that it would be such a big of a deal yet in Spain. Oh boy, I was wrong. I wanted to go on a little, easy shopping spree and so I went to Passeig de Gracia in the middle of Barcelona. Well, I entered Zara and after one minute I almost ran out of the shop. It was so crowded I could barely breathe. Insane! But in the end, I did find a nice winter jacket. And at night Jordi and I had dinner in a sushi restaurant (oops, we did it again), and the Christmas lights all around Barcelona made it a lovely Black Friday after all.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this November overview and I want to wish you all a lovely December. December is pretty much my favourite month of the year and one of the reasons for that is that we will go to The Netherlands to celebrate Christmas! I cannot wait to see my family and friends again!