Stalking Deals Not Bieber

The day some of us have been waiting for is nearly here. Black Friday!

Yes, I  have my eye on a couple of things I may have been stalking for the past few weeks. A little shopping list for Sephora, one to two items from Gorjana, a coat and well that’s about it. Fingers crossed they aren’t sold out (and they do have some offers) and that’s how I’m spending my extra curricular activities this Friday. Shopping!

Waiting for dinner, Penguins and a heron that thinks it’s a penguin, Barcelona ZooOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I hope you’re having great week so far! I’ll leave ya with some photos of of the past few days.

I made the Zoo last Friday!

Red ivy, the nearest I’m going to get to the autumn colours in a city filled with palm trees and plane trees. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nearly all my photos were blurry as the light started go and me rushing to get around before it closed. However it kinda worked with for this resident. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas outside Barcelona Cathedral img_5410

Saturday after chores, Tone It Up Workouts, we cycled into the city centre past the main Christmas market being set up to check out air purifiers vs humidifiers and dehumidifiers for Black Friday! Exciting.

Sunday, the usual Sunday, longish run and bike ride somewhere (the W hotel). We debated getting a vegan pizza (hold the cheese!) or a burger out and ended up eating when we got back. Part of the Cursa de Bombers running pack was a can of isotonic 0.0% alcohol free beer. It’s been lingering in the fridge ever since until Sunday when P declared the first one was nasty, was taking up valuable fridge space and ‘placed’ it above the caravan style opening cupboards. 1/2 hour later when he lifted the cupboard door, the can crashed smack on his head. He sported a bump all day (the can too also took a beating!), skipped running and preferred to eat his own food. Moral of the story, inanimate objects do have feelings.img_5432

If you find him, please contact his owners!img_5420

Bieber was in town Monday. Well, I presume it was him. I ended up getting to the gym very late and cycling past the Arts Hotel Barcelona a large excited group of teenage girls had gathered outside. All of a sudden they started screaming and shot past the casino screeching while chasing after a  van. I figured it was some latest celeb crush (I’m not up on the Spanish celeb scene) but knew they must be huge to have such groupies outside. The groupies eased up to just a few dedicated fans cycling back later shouting ‘Pepe’ or something like that. (I wasn’t really paying much attention. Unless Spanish know how to pronounce English names with an English accent, they stick to Spanish pronunciation (like every language pronouncing another with no experience in the said language) so it could have been Bieber or Pepe.) The presumption it was Bieber came from the news later he’d been in town to Camp Nou. I ruled out one any Barca players as they already live in the city. All I can say, is thank god I was never like that. But then I grew up in a tiny countryside village so we’ll never know.img_5443

I upped the sandbag weight Tuesday. I usually go for a 1okg bag, however I needed more for lunge twists (I hugged the bag like here) and sandbag plank pulls. I switched after the first set to 15kg which gave me the challenge I after. 10kg was kinda moderate easy with my last 2 reps equally as easy. When the last 2 reps of a set are easy, it’s time to up the weight. The last 2 you should be able to do with good form, but start to really feel it (aka a little bit more intense but not an all out struggle.). I don’t think I’ll be doing sandbag offset squats  with 15kg just yet. Maybe regular sandbag squats but not offset squats (pick the bag up from in front, place on one shoulder, squat, squat to lower bag back back to floor repeat on other side.). I swear my new Fabletics Electric Zebra Salar capris gave me the boost.


I made it back just in time to be ready. (ha ha, nope!) to celebrate P’s birthday at Teresa Carles a vegan/vegetarian restaurant. My favourite dish, lotus flower crisps! img_5470


Yesterday my mood kinda match the weather. Or rather the weather made me feel blah and lethargic. The sun shone of a little bit in the morning however the clouds won. I just just made it back before the wind really picked up along with on off rain all afternoon and evening, with some impressive lightening that lit up the late afternoon blacked out rain clouds. I’m hoping the storm’s made the season decide if it’s gonna be finally getting cold or how it’s been the last few days, a windy warmish 17-18C that takes some guessing with layers as I might have a new winter coat to wear!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne good thing about rain shopping means less shoppers and no queues!img_5512

To all my American readers, Happy Thanksgiving!

Have you got your eye on some prospective Black Friday offers? Have a great rest of the week!


  1. says:

    Canada has only been doing Black Friday for about 3 years now. The only thing I would like to get is a headlamp with the USB charging. Still debating if it will be worth the time and stress of the crowds to save a few bucks.

    Interesting reading about Justin Bieber. Where he grew up is here in Canada less than a couple of hours drive from where I live. Living the life of a celebrity is something I would not want.

    Love the picture of the heron in with the penguins! 🙂

    1. says:

      If you can get it online, get it on line and save the shopping trip hassle! I have USB charging bike lights and love them. Lightweight and easy to charge. I skip charging through a computer and found that the leads fit my phone wall charger plug (Apple) and charge them like a phone. Amazon introduced Black Friday about 3 or 4 years ago in the UK and everywhere else followed.
      I didn’t know who to feel more sorry for, Bieber out running girls or for the girls chasing him! I just laughed!
      That heron often tries to blend in with the penguins. He knows their feeding times! 😃

  2. says:

    Ha! I didn’t know you could find lotus root in Spain! Well, I guess you can in big cities, not in my middle-of-nowhere town.

    1. says:

      It’s the first time I’ve seen it here! You can get lotus seeds in the Asian supermarkets. They have an acquired taste!

  3. says:

    So you have Black Friday sales where you are too?

    1. says:

      We do now! Last year was the first year in Spain, but I think the Spanish retailers do it grudgingly. They don’t offer big discounts like what you get. They only started I think because of the UK. Most high street fashion shops in Europe are Spanish so if London gets discounts we want in. In the UK it started about 4 years ago when I think Amazon along with Walmart buying out Asda, one of the UK’s main supermarkets causing a domino effect (and maybe because we got fed up hearing about the crazy bargains and wanted in). American clothing companies here (Abercrombie etc) offer more discounts, Spanish retailers about 20%. 20%’s not to be sniffed at, but it’s not your big discounts!

      1. says:

        Natalie, thanks for the info. Yes, I just assumed the Black Friday / Thanksgiving sales were and American thing. I hope you are able to get everything on your list…affordably. ..and then take some pics of your cool Black Friday sales booty.. 🙂

      2. says:

        Ha ha! No pics, I’m not a fan of hauls! Maybe throughout the next few weeks/months. It was mostly stocking up on what I currently use.

        Nope. Black Friday ain’t American anymore. The rest of the world wanted in!

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