Beyond The Pale

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Beyond The Pale
I'm from California and have lived in Catalunya for twelve years, starting in Barcelona, then Tarragona, the Costa Daurada and ending up in the Alt Emporda, just south of the French border.
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  • Poppies 2 weeks ago Today being Good Friday I thought it would be a good day to go for a ride. I was planning to drive to Sant Climent Sescebes, a village about twenty minutes away. Someone posted a photo the other day of a field of poppies at Sant Climent, and since I’ve been dying to see a field of poppies, and...
  • Felix the Cat 3 months ago  Felix was a black and white cat with a very colorful personality. I met him when he was about a year old and one of a colony of abouttwenty stray catsthat a Dutch neighbor was taking care of. She would feed them and when a new cat showed up, she would take it to the vet to have it neutered. ...
  • Dressing Up for Christmas 5 months ago We in Figueres, on top of the pandemic that affects everyone, have had a new plague upon us. The garbage collectors have been on strike for three days and we are wallowing in rubbish.  I've heard that the strike has now been called off, so it seems there is hope that maybe by tomorrow the...
  • Coffee, Confinement, and Foam 6 months ago On Saturday 14 March 2020 all bars and restaurants in Catalonia closed. This was the first official act in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. I had spoken to my friend Josep early that morning by phone and we had agreed to meet at my usual cafe – the one I went to every day. But when I...
  • Coffee for Two 6 months ago Here in Spain, when you go out for a coffee you have it sitting down or elsestanding at the bar. No one walks down the street with a coffee in their hand and you don’t see stacks of styrafoam or cardboard cups by the espresso machine. You drink your coffee from a ceramic cup while you relax,...

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