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Hobbits and Saints

Our trip is winding down.  I am in that depressed state I always get into a couple of days before departure date.  It will get better but right now, I really don’t want to leave Spain.

Girona is a breathtakingly beautiful city.  The heart of the city is divided by the Onyar river, and there are a bunch of bridges across.  Every time you cross a bridge there is a cool street, nice cafes, and lots of shops.  Every time I cross a bridge, I have to stop in the middle of it, because it is all so beautiful.

Right by our apartment there is a forest with these little ancient stone bridges, and I swear there are hobbits and fairies in there.  You can feel them.  There is something very otherworldly back there, another reality existing alongside our reality.  Like Avalon.  A few meters away and you are walking in an amazingly well preserved medieval village.  With one of the largest cathedrals in Europe on the hill.

There are trees and greenery and cafes everywhere.  I didn’t think, after Tarragona, I could be so blown away by Girona, but I am.  This has got to be one of the most liveable cities I’ve ever been to.  Of course, with all the cafes it would be difficult to get any work done.  But for an artist, or a writer, or a trustifarian – perfect.  It is perfect for me.  But my mother asked me what I would do if I were here a few more days, and she is right – what would I do?  Just don’t make me seperate the dream from the reality yet, por favor.

We had a lot of plans for daytrips from Girona, but unfortunately we both got sick.  Tuesday, we both had scratchy throats and hoped it would not progress.  But Wednesday we woke up feeling really crappy.  My brother and his band came through that day, so we weren’t going anywhere thankfully except to meet them for a little while.  Yesterday, again, no energy, coughing fits, no voices… I have never been sick like this on vacation, and let me tell you, it SUCKS.  But I made myself drive to Besalu and then, to France where we ate toast with tomato, ham and cheese and it was awesome.  I keep trying to push myself because I am already sad I have to leave, like REALLY sad.  So I don’t want to be sick, too. 

Anyway this has put a major damper on our siteseeing excursions.  I just walked 15 minutes to get to this bar with internet (which I just found out about from the tourist office, this morning) and it pretty much wiped me out.  The white wine is helping with the depression and this nasty bug.  Mom even went to the pharmacy this morning and spent 9 euros on mystery pills.  I am scared to take prescription drugs when I know what they are, so I’ll stick to wine, I think.

It was really fun to see my brother and his band here.  Our apartment is right down the street from the church of Sant Feliu, which has a funny spire (due to a lightning strike) and also, two cafes right below it.  So, since I have got here I have been wanting to stay “meet me in the cafe in the shadow of Sant Feliu.”  Weird, I know, but I am weird.  I admit it completely.  I didn’t say this exactly to my brother but I did tell him to look for the spire and then park and we would be at the cafe.  Whoo hoo!  Someday I will say it exactly like it will be in my head, forever – at least I have promised myself that this will happen. 

I guess I should mention the saints.  They are everywhere.  On the bridges, in the tiny dark streets, in the chirping of the crickets that I listen to every night in our apartment.  The nights here are sultry, and every 20 minutes a train goes by on the elevated track 20 feet away from us.  I love the trains and the crickets, too.  We went to Dali’s house on Tuesday, and in his bedroom he had a cage for canaries, and a tiny cage for a cricket, because he loved the sound they make.   So, there is the hobbit dimension, the saint dimension, our dimension, and then Dali’s dimension.  All existing side by side in this unbelievable place called Catalonia.

It has started to rain and I am once again fighting tears because I have to leave.  I hope we are better by tomorrow, because we will be in Barcelona and we will need some energy to deal with that.  Home Sunday, and I am lucky, cold and tears and all – I am simply trading one beautiful place for another.  It could be a lot, lot worse.


8 Responses to “Hobbits and Saints”

  1. Chris Says:

    Wow! I’m so sorry to hear that you’re not feeling well, but it certainly hasn’t affected your writing ability. This is a beautiful post!

  2. Sue Says:

    Yay, Shannon’s blogging again! This trip sounds great and I hope the wine helps your cold – I’m sure it will. Enjoy the rest of your time there.

  3. Palma Says:

    Sounds like a fabulous trip. We have been following along, but miss you. Feel better! Get rid of that bug before you fly!

  4. Kathy (Trekcapri) Says:

    Hi Shannon, I’m sorry to hear that you and your mom caught a cold. I hope that you are both feeling better today.

    I have really enjoyed your blog entries and learning more about this part of Spain. It sounds lovely. Girona seems like a really beautiful town. Thank you so much for taking time out of your vacation to share your experiences with us. Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe travels home.

  5. RuthK Says:

    Also sorry to hear that you got sick at the end of your trip. I just got back from Catalonia on Tuesday (10/6) and we definitely went to some of the same places and saw the same sites. I really enjoyed reading your blog, and hope you are able to keep it up. Hopefully we may get a chance to trade notes at the SD GTG, or ? I also plan on doing write ups for SlowTrav on some of the restaurants, lodging, and of-course the cooking course I took in the Priorat. Hope jetlag doesn’t get you and that you will feel better soon.

  6. nancyhol Says:

    Awww, Shannon, so sorry you and your Mom are feeling under the weather. I hope you can kick it before you fly home.

    Look forward to hearing about Barcelona too since that is the only Spanish city we have been to.

    Feel better.

  7. Deborah Says:

    All caught up on your trip now. Thanks for the wonderful word pictures. I don’t even feel deprived that there weren’t any visual ones.

    And…I’d love to meet you “in the cafe in the shadow of Sant Feliu” some day.

  8. lisa doucette Says:

    hi shannon,

    i am so glad you are back in europe and doing the blog again. i missed reading you. it sounds like an amazing adventure i am very envious of. your adventures always remind me of our italian experience, the best trip of my life.

    we move tomorrow and finally bought a place of our own!!! not a house, but a condo. we are excited! i will contact you when we are up and online again.

    love you.

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