Cosmos and Museu Blau

If you haven’t already watched National Geographic’s Cosmos on Netflix, I highly recommend it. It left me wishing I’d pursued science and geography after high school and although Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates and how it’s written is an easy to understand manner, it did leave me feeling kinda dumb. Or rather there are people out there looking into space, inventing, find answers to things I can only just grasp!

Cosmos follows up on the original Cosmo series back in 1980. I think I learnt more than I did at school on some things, but then science has come a long way even in a short few years. The ideas presented about how life may have developed on Earth blew my mind. Maybe it hitchhiked across the universe, maybe Earth wasn’t ready and when a meteorite hit, blew life back into Space only to crash land a couple of thousand years later. Astrophysics amazes me, that we have more atoms in our eyes than there are stars in the known universe. Everything is made up of atoms. Everything! That we’re constantly hit by cosmic rays. That people out there question everything while others are content to dream small. That we don’t actually touch things. It’s kinda like our atomic force field. That nobody knows what gravity actually is. That Earth is an amazing planet. The way it protects itself, the way the oceans absorb CO2, the way scientists have found how to measure CO2 levels from millions of years by rocks or forgive me if this is incorrect, a rock or animal that grows 1mm a year or something. That women in the UK little over century ago weren’t allowed to study science! That scienctists are trying to replicate on a grand scale photosynthesis, but can’t quite get it. That solar powered electricity was invented back in the late 1800’s but as fossil fuels were cheaper, they took off. That the initial sunrise is an illusion, photons take 20,000 years to to be released from the sun and 8 minutes 20 seconds to travel to Earth as light that we see, The moon is 2 light seconds away, that’s how long light travels from the moon to us. To question everything! Basically if you love Earth, Space, are an avid National Geographic reader like me, question things and like to know how things work I highly recommend you watch it!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wednesday was a festivo or holiday here. Thankfully it was a holiday as it chucked it down all afternoon and evening. Rain so heavy it stopped play. Rain you press your nose to the window and sigh as it’s too heavy to go out in. Too heavy to cycle in, too heavy for the motorbike and if you haven’t got a car, you’re kinda stuck. It was one of those save it for a rainy day day. While I was quite happy to stay in and take advantage of being in while it was ‘daylight’ to get computer work done, P wanted to go out. I remembered that the Museu Blau, Barcelona’s natural science museum was just down the road. It’s a place I’ve been wanting to go for a while however, as I always prefer to be outside rather than indoors, it’s always been a rainy day visit. As it was raining so hard, we decided to cash in the rainy day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe museum building itself is amazing. It was designed to appear as if it’s floating. The museum itself is small, as the rest of the building’s held for events and conferences. Tickets are inexpensive starting at €6 with concessions available. We opted for the €7 ticket including entry to the Botanical Gardens (located across the city on Montjuic) valid until the end of the year. Due to time we choose not to pay the extra for the Spinosaurus Exhibition, which on the website looks kinda cool! Lockers are available.img_3986img_3998

I’d literally finished Cosmos the night before and it was great to be able to tie in what I’ve learnt looking at fossils, rocks and plants. Even P was engrossed! It’s fairly small, you can get around it in 2 hours. We got there an 1.5 hours before closing with 2 hours being just enough to hold my attention. Displays are in Catalan, Spanish and English. Some are interactive, others if it’s uncovered you can touch it! The tour starts with a brief video about science before the exhibition starts. There’s a meteorite and volcanic bomb you can touch (it floated out in space! Not the volcanic bomb of course. But who knows maybe it was blasted out into the upper atmosphere.) before starting with the earliest rocks formed, leading through the different developmental stages of Earth, showing plenty of fossils and dinosaur skeletons found in Catalonia and Europe. Hippos once roamed the plains of Barcelona 100,000 years ago! I wasn’t so keen on the taxidermy exhibition. Everything looked dead and well, lifeless. The precious mineral rocks fascinated me (jewellery!) as did the fungi and types of seed pods. It’s interactive enough to hold young kids attention as quite a few families cashed in on a rainy day activity. Or maybe they just like rocks, fossils and dinosaurs! img_3999img_4029Have you watched Cosmos? Did it leave you in awe?

Weekend Friday Favourites

Can someone please explain to me why people have to run in bike lanes. I get they want to have an uninterrupted run from dodging people, but bikes have to move out the way for them. There’s a pavement for running and unless you’re a top runner always setting from the start lane, surely dodging people is good practice for race day? Now it’s getting warm and and the days longer, I encountering more people running and more people running in bike lanes. Why? Bike lanes were created to remove tension from between pedestrians, cars and cyclists. And lets not get me started on runners who signal which way they want me to cycle past them so they can continue their uninterrupted straight line. Now that’s out my system, Weekend Friday Favourites!

First, Happy Birthday Mr AJ! 13 on Friday and I swear he purred the whole time eating his birthday tuna. I can’t believe he’s 13. I remember when he was about 6 weeks old and fitted in the palm of my hands. Now he’s a gentle giant who’ll give his bother as good as he gets and more. People don’t believe me when I say they’ve never drawn blood. They scrap, chase each other, wrestle on the bed, sofa but never drawn blood.

Happy Birthday Angelous! Happy Birthday AJ!

Friday Run ViewFridays Run View

I had fun on this 7km run. Friday runs I make Spartan Race prep. I run over more things, scale up walls, ‘sprint’ up stadium steps near one of the marinas, play in the kids playground if it’s free. There are some ‘adult’ playgrounds with monkey bars, pull up bar bars etc but they’re never free! I’ve found a wall leading down to one of the beaches that increases in height as you head towards the beach. I’m using it as my wall scaling practice! I’m gradually increasing the height scaling. Landing I’m getting better, but still have achilles fears from an old injury.

FableticsFabletics Loni

I’ve been waiting a looong time to try out Fabletics and now they’ve launched in Spain! So far I’m impressed with the Loni look and hoping it’ll they work out better then Lululemon. The brand’s cheaper and the quality seems on par if not better. However the real test will be after a few washes and wear. I’ll let you know how they go!

Fragonard The PerfumerFragonard

My soveniers from France last weekend! I mentioned here I like their soaps and their flower of the year 2015 is jasmine. Jasmine and lilac are my favourite scents so I had to take a trip to one of their shops! The soaps smell like evening jasmine after a long hot day. I also like their home department, hence the jasmine cup and decoration. They ship internationally!

Predator Cat ToyPredator Cat Toy

I feel guilty at times the boys are indoors all the time and don’t use their instincts to hunt enough. I place pieces of their crunch around the apartment but they know the places! So far Predator, a pretend mouse tail spinning around has been a hit. They don’t attack it much, but sit watching it spin and do it’s thing. I have a sneaking suspicion though Aj knows it’s a pretend mouse tail spinning around.

Diesel SunbathingDiesel Sunbathing

He’s been finding some really comfy places chasing the sun this week.

Single Leg box Jumps

These are great for building explosive strength. Single box jumps on the highest box jump at my gym I have no problem jumping on. Maybe because I run and jump over walls running. Regular box jumps at this height and the next height down I can’t (for now) do! I hesitate every time. Makes no sense!

Elephant Reunion

This makes me smile, people trekking 4 days to reunite a baby (11 years old) elephant with her Mum.

Cigarette Butt Park Bench

When I first read the title an image of a Lady Gaga’s sunglasses Telephone bench popped up. Who’d want to sit on that?! Nasty habit, but at least the filters are now being recycled and reused.

Longer Hotter DaysLonger Sunnier Days

The heat’s arrived earlier than usual this month. The sun now sets around 9pm which I love. I feel more productive in daylight hours than in the short winter days. But there’s still never enough time in the day!

What’s been making you smile this week? Runners in bike lanes, yes or no?