Parc de la Ciutadella #2

Back in June I shared photos from my morning phasing out of lockdown time slotted freedom bike rides to Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona’s most famous city park and my favourite park.

When the lockdown down ended, my gym still wasn’t open. To make up the distance there and back and to get some greenery and wildlife I cycled to the park after the beach in the afternoons (afternoon in Spain ends around 8-9pm)/early evenings. When my gym, climbing gym and zoo reopened I tried to make the park a few times a week. While I miss the quietness of the mornings the park’s back to being less busy in the afternoons now everybody’s at the beach, work or still staying at home. The early evenings during lockdown freedom hours it was the bar and pub replacement local hangout. It has now a different kind of quietness to the mornings. Ducks and geese are getting ready to nap with the water less busy. I’ve only just learnt ducks can sleep on the water, head tucked under a wing and are diurnal being active at night. I’ve even seen some rats climb up and run along railings.

Last morning lockdown ride to the park

Sadly the nights are getting shorter and soon my rides to the park becoming less as gyms have reopened after the 2nd lockdown (recommended to stay at home) ended. I still try to get there once a week to cycle around now around dusk for greenery, hearing birds sing, watching the ducks and geese, cycling with the bats (yep, nerdy!). Beach is first if I can get there before the sun sinks behind buildings. I can’t go before 15.30 even at the weekends as the sun’s too strong. I’ve now started snorkelling (In the sea, not in this mini lake! I’d get arrested! I wouldn’t want to anyway. It gets so dirty they have to empty it every now and then and refill). I get to see what the ducks, seagulls, cormorants see when they dive.

Most of the photos were taken in June and July when the light was nice and bright and of the boating lake. I used to like watching out for the ducklings checking the Mamas didn’t loose any. I don’t think they did! As usual, I’m a sh*t editor posting way too many photos. Enjoy!

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Buff Epic Run 2017 and Catch Up

Tomorrow’s officially the first day of Winter! Or Summer if you’re a lucky duck to be in the Southern Hemisphere. The days start to get longer even if it’s by a few seconds each day. 3 months and counting until Spring!

This past weekend was a little action packed, Buff Epic Run, lots of bike rides, last minute Christmas present wrapping and numerous Post Office trips as you always forget a few people and parcels to collect. I’ll leave ya with a little photo catch up!

Friday

Vets in the morning and last minute wrapping pushed my run late Continue reading “Buff Epic Run 2017 and Catch Up”

Weekend Friday Favourites

If anyone braved the now global madness of Black Friday, I hope you’ve recovered. Thanks to amazon.com introducing it to the UK a few years ago, Spain followed last year. Last year I shopped online and popped by my local shopping centre an hour before closing (almost empty) so I’ve no idea if the madness I encountered Friday in the city centre was anything like last year.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Quiet Weekend and the Dentist

I hope you’re having a great week so far! I get the feeling this week’s going to fly by. Again. While running around in circles. With 2 trips to the dentist!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Late Summer Afternoon, Parc de la Ciutadella

While I was quite content last holiday puente weekend just to hang out the cats and spend extra time at the beach, come Monday I craving a mini explore somewhere.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I toyed with cycling around Port Vell. It’s not a part of the city I go much and the sea front along Port Vell and Moll de Bosch i Alsina is kinda picturesque. As the beaches were busy, the port would have been equally as busy. I didn’t have time to go to the Botanic Jardins (they’re been on my summer to go list all summer!) and was craving a greenery fix even though I’d been the zoo the day before. I would have gone to the zoo, but I limit to 2 times a week so I don’t get too bored or overtired of it. It was about an hour until sunset, so there was only one place I knew in cycling distance with greenery, Parc de la Ciutadella. Okay, no a mini adventure as I cycling through it a few times a month. I didn’t escape the holiday crowds as it was packed with people and Pokemon Go. However if you head towards the Parliament buildings, you can find quiet pockets no matter the season. If it’s sunny near sunset, hazy sunshine. Enjoy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA