Parc de la Ciutadella, Moonrise and Cat Nip Dealing

Oh Monday’s.

I’m gradually beginning to run rings around you. Not you running rings around me!

I hope you had a great weekend! No snow blizzard here, or rain the UK keeps getting. Just another groundhog weekend. More KonMari Method decluttering, home workouts curtesy of Tone It Up, long run Sunday and the zoo. No idea how I made the zoo in time. I got back from my run at 15.47, showered, made a smoothie, threw my face on and got there at 16.59. 1 minute before the gates closed. The wind wasn’t even in my favour as I sprint cycled there! Legs of steel baby, legs of steel!

I did do something a little different Friday. I had an item to return and choose La Maquinista centre commercial (shopping centre/mall) instead of heading into the centre. Like in the centre on Wednesdays when it’s football season and Barça’s playing it’s relativity quiet on Fridays. Less queues at both the tills and changing rooms! Next season items are starting to appear and it was fun for a little while trying them on. Plus finding my size! Has anyone else noticed that shops now hardly restock clothes or popular lines? It’s like clothes are fast food, fast fashion. I remember if a shop didn’t have your size, there’d be another delivery within a week. Now, it’s snap it up or miss out (or if it’s a Zara or H&M item you can’t live without, troll the other 5 Zara’s and H&M’s all in the centre, within 10 minutes walking distance of each other.). I’m not sure if this is just in Europe but I’ve noticed that in both France and Spain especially dry goods, if they’ve sold out, try next week. In the UK it’s try tomorrow! I get told try online, but if I wanted it that badly and checked, it’s sold out!

Shopping and trying on clothes isn’t the different thing, the different thing is I ate out. What?! I don’t eat out often as it’s tricky being a vegan. It’s either vegan restaurants who try to be different with the concept not always hitting it, veggie burgers or Asian restaurants. I opted for a wok, but it wasn’t the same as previous times I’ve eaten there. It was like they put no care in it and my favourite, spring rolls dry. I don’t write about food much as I leave it to those in the know, but I think next time I’ll go for MacDonalds fries, peppermint tea and pineapple chunks as a get me home snack! They’ll probably sit better too.

I’ll leave you with photos from the weekend! Have a great week!


Bike ride, Parc Ciutadella Sunset Parc Ciutadella

Sunset over the boating lake Sunset Parc Ciutadella PARAKEETS! I love their cheeky personalities! Whenever I hear them chatter away it always brings a smile. Parakeets, Parc Ciutadella Parakeets, Parc Ciutadella Parakeets, Parc Ciutadella Peeking through the gates of Parliament of Catalunya’s LibraryBiblioteca, Parliament de Catalunya Last light Sunset, Barcelona Sunset Barcelona 1 day until full moon moon rise 1 day until full moon moon rise. Waxing moonLast light reflected on wavesCat snugglesCat snuggles Working out under Mr Aj’s watchful eyeMr AJ, PTSorting out the cats cupboard and feeling like a cat nip dealer Diesel and catnip


14km run up the coast and the only time the sun shone. Rest of the day grey skiesSunday 14k runPatas monkey, Barcelona ZooPatas Monkey, Barcelona ZooShifty looking seagullShifty seagullThose eyelashes!Gazelle, eyelashes and then some, Barcelona ZooI have a thing for tropical leaves. There’s something about them. I’ve no idea the name this plant and it’s pink flowers, which have sprung up recently brightened up an otherwise grey day.Springs coming!No idea the name of these either, but they added colour cycling Friday!Purple winter flowers



  1. says:

    Great pictures Natalie. It is really incredible to see those parakeets with the pigeons.

    Looking at your skyline pictures, is that Gibraltar in the picture you have labelled “Last Light”?

    We didn’t get the blizzard that some people got (different weather systems), but still got snow. Your flowers are beautiful. Really would add colour on your cycling trip! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂


    1. says:

      Thank you!
      It’s Montjuic in the background looking like a whale (Gibraltar is miles down the coast near Portugal and opposite Morocco. Barcelona’s closet to France!)! As for snow. I haven’t seen that in years! It would be nice to see some even if for one day 🙂 Have a great week!

      1. says:

        Thanks for this Natalie. I had no idea. Montjuic does look really cool. Maybe sometime you’ll get some snow! 🙂

      2. says:

        🙂 I doubt we’ll get snow! Up in the mountains yes. It’s too warm to snow even for one day at the moment!

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