04 September 2005

A lot of roads run to it and through it

We took a little drive yesterday. We were trying to go buy a computer monitor and some odds and ends for the new apartment in Barcelona. We went via Mount Tibidabo. This is when our new friends here die laughing, because the fact is we were lost. Very pleasantly and interestingly so, but lost all the same. Let's put it this way...there was another Mount on the map and it was in the lower left of the map and that's where we thought we were. Actually we were in the upper right quadrant of the map.

After a conversation with a Spanish family on the street and a Mr. Toad style wild drive through nearly every bario in Barcelona we found a road that would lead us to where we needed to be. The Spanish family actually led us in their car across town, God bless them!

So for every surly store clerk who actually cannot help us and for every product we cannot buy because that is only on the shelf not actually for sale -- there are Spanish people on the other side of the coin who go out of the way to help us. It's a strange and interesting phenomena.

We made our purchases and made it home with no detours. The good and the bad of that is: we have our own place (the good), we don't have phone or dsl service (the bad). The good: we can unpack. The bad: no email or blogging for the next few weeks. I'll be able to check in briefly on Tuesday, but after that only the guardians of phone service in Spain can tell.

11 comments:

  1. Like I mentioned on Dar's blog, we look forward for your return. Even if you were lost, hopefully the scenery was beautiful and you enjoyed the adventure. Glad there are always nice people to help you.

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  2. Things won't be the same during the silence. I hope you and Dar can make it back online shortly.

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  3. We hope for a quick return. You are missed. We'll be thinking of you while you're unavailable.

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  4. It's refreshing everytime I hear a story about someone going out of their way for someone else when they have nothing to gain.

    Maybe it'l rub off and more of us will try it more often.

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  5. Nice "Wind in the Willows" reference. I did enjoy both the ride and the cartoon when I was younger.

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  7. Well, it's Sept. 29th and still no N or K. You guys are missed dearly we keep looking for your return.

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  8. Are you there yet? There is an empty spot in our blog world. We miss you!

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  10. We've heard from K 2 times now...we want to hear from you when you have a chance. Hope all is going well. Miss you.

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