Spring means Strikes in Spain — Today: Massive Strike in Barcelona

Today the Supreme Court will be ending its 3-day hearing of a law that serves to make Americans healthier people in a cost effective way.  Opponents of the law are on the steps of the Supreme Court holding banners calling the Affordable Care Act “socialism,” that the government is “butting-in” individual’s rights, and that this “government-takeover” is fueled by greed.

Meanwhile in Barcelona…..

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Dammit, I Love this City

Maybe it’s the way time moves more slowly here, maybe it’s the Mediterranean, maybe it’s something they put in the water, maybe it’s the people, maybe it’s the 5 meals a day, or that you hear dance music at the bank, maybe it’s the ways the motos are parked on the sidewalk, or the little old people walking around at midnight, or the coffee, or the newspapers, or the irregular verbs, maybe the indignados who sleep in the ATM booths and lock themselves in, or the Gaudi, or the Catalan…whatever it is, there’s something about Barcelona!

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Life’s in the Street

La vida está en la calle. 

In Barcelona, life happens in the street.  Home is a place for quite, for stillness, but everything happens outside.  One of my favorite Spanish things is taking two hours to finish a coffee.  On a nice day, it’s beautiful to sit on a terrace with your coffee, sit in the sun, watch the people or read a newspaper.

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