Cursa de Bombers and Winter Hours

The hour change this weekend wasn’t that bad. It’s made it a little easier to get up thanks to it being lighter in the mornings. It’s the getting dark bit around 6pm that’ll take some getting used to. Thanks to the shops already starting Christmas, at least the nights now darker earlier will have light and colour. Until January when you’re plunged into darkness for what feels like the longest month (us in the Northern Hemisphere anyways. The other side of the world’s enjoying summer. Lucky buggers) of the year.img_4801

Anyways you know the score. 1st post of the week’s usually a catch up one, so why change it just now….


Planning my day with help of a lap cat.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Warmish, few people out and the waves gently lapping the shore line, I didn’t want to leave the beach running. img_4782

I made the zoo! It’s getting tricky making the gates now they’re on winter hours. All the more reason to make it. With most residents were tucked up in bed, some were sitting out or having dinner. Like the gibbons.


The day didn’t quite go plan Saturday, not that there was plan to begin with. Being the last day of light until around 7pm for 6 months I wanted to be outside for at much as possible. That didn’t happen as we made it out the house about 40 minutes before sunset. The usually Tone It Up Beach Babe 4 workout selections (I need new Saturday workouts. During the week I do my own, Saturday, I do other peoples. Any new suggestions welcome. I’m curious about the NTC), trying to work on blog and to do list that just doesn’t get any shorter, just longer, before cycling around Parc Cuitadella and trip the local mall. I wouldn’t usually mention going to the mall, except remember don’t leave unpleasant surprises in the bathroom.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Seagulls circling the zooOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Up bright and early Sunday for the Cursa de Bombers, 10km. This is one of the biggest 10km runs in the city and this year it was bigger than I remember. I ran it for a few years before moving to France and missed out running it last year. It always used to be held in the Spring and the past 2 years they’ve held it in Autumn. It was only remembering a few months ago that it was around this time last year, I caught the end cycling back one night to check to see if it was on. It also always used to be sponsored by Nike however this year no mention of them. This year it was back to it’s usually course around the city and time after last year changing the route and time to late afternoon/early evening (I think it was a mobile run, with start and finish in different locations with a mobile cloakroom).img_4809

Though I finished 2 minutes slower that my 1st time running it in 2009 (sob! There were more people to work my way through!), I felt a lot stronger. I’ve been training for Spartan so haven’t been working at speed. It was also kinda nice to run in a straightish line not jumping over or climbing over things! I still prefer running on the sand!img_4822

The city was holding it’s annual Big Draw, a day of drawing and craft activities held at various locations throughout El Borne and other parts of the Cuitat Vella. It’s aimed at kids, with all ages welcome with local artists and designers helping get people creative. The Cursa de Bombers started and finished in El Borne so after we got changed, we checked out a few activities. Some had long queues and lots of kids taking part! P wanted to partake in one and after checking out how busy the Picasso museum was (queuing down the street! Another day!) we ended up in the Picasso museum shop in Fundacio Gasper. There they were holding draw and erase session. Some pieces were amazing and I resisted the temptation to be completley original with ‘Nat woz here.’ A bird will do instead.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

More drawing than erasing. img_4840

Getting hungry and remembering I didn’t give the cats their medicine before leaving we headed back. After lunch and what seemed like endless laundry we took a motobike trip to to St Pol de Mar. We’ve been before but as it was so close to getting dark, it was the only place I could think of outside the city  you could walk around.

Fog still lingering around cycling back.img_4854

St Pol de Marimg_4864img_4856img_4881

Halloween reverse sunset was kinda cool. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All Souls Day sunset. Somehow I made the gym and got everything done in time before closing early being Tuesday a festivoimg_4943

Celebrate Halloween or All Souls Day? I don’t celebrate either. My mum didn’t believe in Halloween so it was always cancelled. All Souls Day isn’t a public holiday in the UK so we didn’t celebrate that either. Have a great week!



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  3. says:

    Hi Natalie,

    I always love your photography, you have an eye to capture things in a way that bring out beauty and emotion.

    In Canada we “fall back” this evening with more daylight in the morning and less at night which pretty much means for the next 4 months it will be driving to work in the dark and getting home in the dark. Still I do love the seasons.

    So happy for you that you were able to run the Cursa de Bombers. I love autumn running. The weather is a bit cooler but for running only one layer is all you need.

    The architecture on the street where your race took place is amazing. And very historic appearing. Such a big crowd.

    Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂


    1. says:

      Thank you!
      I like Autumn and Spring running too. Not too hot, not too cold unless it’s the end of Autumn. We use that saying of spring forward and fall back in the UK too. Autumn used to be Fall in the UK until the upper class wanted to be more French and the use of Autumn took over (Google has more!).
      The Cursa de Bombers or firemans race starts near El Borne, part of the old town hence why it’s great architecture. I’m not sure if the fireman run relays of 1/2km or 1km but many ‘crew’s one runs a set distance in full fireman gear. It’s one of the most popular 10km runs in the city. It’s definitely grown since I was first here and it was huge back then!
      Have a great week too 🙂

  4. says:

    So you didn’t eat castañas for all souls day? ;P

    1. says:

      Nope! Anyways if they contain eggs and dairy I can’t!

      1. says:

        Eggs and dairy?? Oh, you must be thinking about panellets? True, that’s the custom in Catalonia. In the rest of Spain we just eat roasted castañas (chestnuts).

      2. says:

        Is that what they’re called! Busted! My Catalan’s bad. The only places I’ve seen chestnuts for sale is a ‘bin’ shop in El Borne or the roast sweet potato stands that have yet to pop up. As I don’t see them often, or need to use the word much, castañas isn’t in my vocab. Shame I know after all these years. I should have looked it up. I know I’ve learnt it, but still shame on me!

      3. says:

        Hahaha don’t worry, it’s fine, definitely not a common word!

  5. says:

    Give the NTC app a try. Lots of variety and pretty challenging. The bird looks great!

    1. says:

      Thank you and will do! I’ve heard good things about it!

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