Three weeks in and the Spanish is progressing you might think? Well I guess it does, but in the back of our heads where we don’t notice. My mind still goes blank in restaurants, and I sometimes find my self repeating verbs… Yo tengo, tú tiene, el/ella tienes, nosotros tenemos, tienen…
Its like my mind is constantly occupied with kids, cava, Instagram, friends, food, excursions, times to keep, book keeping, taxes and on top of it all Spanish. My brain must think I’m insane to try to learn something new in a already overloaded and over heated state of mind. Well we will see if I can make it fly or if I’ll crash and burn.
Three weeks in with people coming and going Andreas and I have that strange feeling that we just came, and at the same time that we have been here for ever. Even though our departure is just one and a half week away, thinking about going home feels strange and unnatural. I suppose that is one of the signs of us growing accustom to Penedés and that we honestly see it as our second home. Its a nice feeling. Hopefully we will have the chance to spend more time here since we are now looking for a hose to rent long term, and maybe we will look at some houses next week. Its all very exciting and that would mean that all of you reading the blog could come here and rent it. Since we will then also rent it to friends when we are not there our selves. I’ll tell you more about it when it happens.
One thing that I think I have got a grip on though is the meaning of these “good buy”-fraces… Hasta pronto = we will see each other soon and you know it will be during that same day. Hasta Luego = we will se each other soon but don’t know exactly when. Hasta proxima= we will see each other later and that can be a day a week or a month. Who knows. Hasta mañana = see you tomorrow.
Every week I upload a short presentation about a cava that is available at the Swedish monopoly “Systembolaget”. Why? Well, because I think that swedes should try more cava to realize (like the rest of the world) that cava comes in many shapes, former and sizes and that it is really great products (at least most often).
Since one year ack I’m on maternity leave and I have come to realize that it is not always that easy to squeeze in even a short film like in this case, when the baby is sleeping. Because now she is over one year old and does not really sleep that much any more. Hence I had to film with her running around today.
Anyhow. Aural from Castell D’Age that I tested today is a really nice ecological cava. It is a brut nature and a gran reserva. It is very fruity and elegant in its approach and not overly “bready”, thinking about its over 30 months on the lease. I like the bubbles and the acidity and over all I would say it is fruity and elegant.
So I really think it is worth a try! In Sweden its 151 SEK at the monopoly, but you have to order it specially, which means that you can’t just pic one up for the shelf… I know it is insane, but that is the way we work here.
Hope you try it and like it! Happy weekend to all!
Finally being back here in Catalonia is really fantastic. To celebrate we went to Sitges after a short meeting at Freixenet, regarding the book. The sun was shining and after a walk along the blue water, we had a fantastic lunch with Paella and some Kripta. Pure luxury, but we were both agreed on that it was the right thing to start the vacation with a bang!
What is interesting is that a bottle of Kripta (which is a FANTASTIC real cult cava) cost about 45 € here, and for that price in Sweden you would basically get “the house wine”, when going to a restaurant. So it is really easy to spoil oneselfe going out to eat here.
But as you know pictures say more than thousand words!
This is where we stay.
out and about in the garden
artichoces for dinner?
The big house
24 C in the pool!
Fresh eggs in the morning!
Roses every where!
This is our second home and Florian and Veronica are always taking such good care of us! So now we have until Sunday to relax some, with some friends coming on the weekend. But on Sunday our first group arrives for a four day guided tour with visits at wine producers, walks in the vineyards and fantastic food and cava. We are so excited!
(We are staying at CalRuget Bio Hotel)
Great paella is really a fantastic dish!
Kripta for lunch is a rare treat!
After a great lunch came a great dinner with four courses, all cooked by Florian. Gaspacho, then sallads from the garden, fried Lamb and at the end mandarine sorbet for dessert! Yummy!
A great snack before dinner and cava from Mas Comtal!
I got this great idea the other day! Or so I thought…
Since I have so many old cava bottles and it always hurts to throw them away, I thought that I might be able to use them in some way. That’s when I came to think about lanterns. I called my dad, who is “Mr Fix-it-all” and asked if he could take the bottoms off some of my bottles. He did help me to drill some holes in some wen I was making lamp feet some months ago, and I did not think that this was much different. But apparently it was, since dad started to rant on about diamond blades for the saw and the importance of how many turns per minute the saw did (since it can’t go to fast… I don’t know why) etc etc.
So to make a long story short I was advised to go to a glazier. And so I did. You can see how that went if you click the picture below. But I promise that you have not seen the last of the hunt for “How to cut glass yourself”