Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Feast for J's Mom's Eyes (from a memory card recently mailed home)

Change a light bulb?  Why, yes I can.

countryside via train

Barcelona in background

daily catch

The finest is called jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn). This ham is from free-range pigs that roam oak forests (called dehesas) along the border between Spain and Portugal, and eat only acorns during this last period. It is also known as jamón ibérico de Montanera. The exercise and diet have a significant impact on the flavor of the meat; the ham is cured for 36 months.
 (not going to eat on a missionary budget)

When in Badalona (suburb of Barcelona), J and comp would run down to the pier and watch the sun come up.  He LOVED that and misses it now that he has been transferred.

Barcelona Zone rented bikes one P-day

J mentioned how tired his legs would get in Badalona with all the hills, but it appears that he didn't mention the escalators (cheater)
Designed by Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia, or Holy Family Church, was begun in 1882 in Barcelona, Spain. Construction has continued for more than a century. It's well-known that Gaudi's obsession with this one structure contributed to his death in 1926. He was struck by a nearby tram and went unrecognized in the street. People thought he was a simple vagabond and took him to a hospital for the poor. He died with his masterpiece unfinished.
Gaudi was eventually buried in La Sagrada Familia, which is scheduled to be completed by the 100th anniversary of his death.

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