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22 August 2008 @ 08:41 pm
you never expect the spanish inquisition  
I want to marry Spain's underground tram system. Don't judge me, okay. Think how beautiful the kids would be!

On the other hand, the weather might have affected my habitual disdain for public transport. I prefer cars at home because they deliver your right to the door; something greatly to be valued when it is pissing rain. If, on the other hand, you know sunshine is guaranteed except for maybe five minutes a day when the sun hangs out behind a cloud, you probably don't mind walking a few blocks from the bus stop to your destination. At least, so I hypothesise based on my own experience.

Following on from this, I was heartily surprised that most Spanish women didn't take advantage of the fact that: you can wear lipgloss without nine-tenths of your hair sticking to it in seconds; and the rain never ruins your hair. They seem to just throw it up any old way. Then again, Spain has some of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. When you're naturally that hot, why bother?

It was actually quite disheartening, this level of beauty. Most other hot countries, I realised, have at some point been colonised by British convicts. As everyone knows, the British and Irish are the ugliest people in the world. It's hard to see why, given that Vikings were Scandinavian and Saxons were German - both races quite attractive - but there it is. A mystery for the ages. If I went to America or Australia it would be accepted that no, I can't tan, I was born that way. In Spain, mothers pointed at me in the street and said, "See, kids? THAT'S what happens if you don't eat your vegetables."

Far more young people smoked than was sensible.

There are many tiny dogs. As a result, I emitted many tiny screamlets. My mother was annoyed. I now want a bulldog with mad fairy ears more than I want a kitten. Ye gods. Obviously, I will call him Cyril.

We stayed in Barcelona and visited Girona, Figueres and Tarragona. I enjoyed the heat mightily, saw more of my own legs than I have in a decade, and thought my way past the stumbling block I had on my harlequin_bands fic. (There are better reasons to go to Spain than to cure writer's block, but if the shoe fits...) I have Dali's jewelled, beating heart to thank for that. On the Bus Turistique I nearly cried when we drove past the Unfinished Cathedral - not because of the Cathedral, which is admittedly pretty awesome, but because the commentator said that Gaudi was asked when the Cathedral would be finished and he replied: 'My client is in no hurry. God has all the time in the world.' I regretted bringing a camera, because I was mostly too busy taking pictures of interesting things to look at them.

If you want to know more about these places, I suggest you read a guide-book. In many ways the bus trips and the sign-boards and the information leaflets were too much like homework. I retained exactly what I wrote here; nothing more.





I'm sitting atop a Roman aqueduct in Tarragona. Do not be fooled by my blasé attitude of unconcern! It is a LONG WAY DOWN. (My mother, I think, is pretending to be a gargoyle, having mixed up 'Roman' with 'Romanesque.')

Also: WHITEST PERSON IN SPAIN, SRSLY.



In Girona, kissing a lion's butt for luck. The rimming element, naturally, occurred to me afterwards.

I must be the only person in the world who can wear a miniskirt and make it look like granny couture.
 
 
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GaBiLady: Frank's eyesgabilady on August 22nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ha, I wore the t-shirt in your icon to school today. Gets a number of funny/confused looks.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: scarfscoradh on August 22nd, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
omg I WANT that tshirt! Which I didn't even realise was a tshirt ... go me.
(no subject) - gabilady on August 23rd, 2008 01:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
No Apologiesaidenfire on August 22nd, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
It sounds wonderful! I want to go to spain! And I don't think the skirt is granny couture at all. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hipposcoradh on August 22nd, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
It's pretty damn awesome. And the skirt isn't, it's the way I managed to put it on. *sigh* Still, that's the great thing: it was so hot, I just didn't care as long as I was cool.
&helena;uminohikari on August 22nd, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
XD It wouldn't even count as a miniskirt here, so.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: monkeyscoradh on August 22nd, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
*thoughtful* I leave microminis to those what has the legs for them. And I think the world is grateful for that.
Gin: Cute Dean is all-American.backinblack on August 22nd, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, I think we are the same level of pale. I don't tan, I BURN. And I'm mostly okay with that.

I've never been to Spain. Actually, I haven't traveled much outside the US at all, I keep forgetting. I've been to Canada and Mexico, and I was supposed to go to England, France and Norway a few years back, but family emergency stuff came up. :( Spain is on my list, though.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: rose petal bowlscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
My uncle in Australia sent us some council-sponsored factor 30, so I didn't burn. I didn't even get an extra freckle. I do believe I went back paler than when I left. Ugh.

D: That sucks. Spain is pretty awesome, although it was a spur of the minute thing so I had no time to anticipate it, you know?
moocowmisconstrue on August 22nd, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
i really like your teal shirt! and do you know where that lion's butt has been?? :P
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Heart treescoradh on August 23rd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
... aaaaaaaaaand the teal would be which one?!

Eh, what with exam results and college Monday, I need all the luck I can get!
girl; obsessed: bandom - smooch!complications_g on August 22nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
You're writing a harlequin_bands fic? !!! So excited for that!

Omg, I forgot people could be that pale, clearly Australia has warped my brain. ;)

Spain! I had one of my fave holidays there.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: socksscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)
hyuumm well I have a prompt, and plenty of ideas, and two whole lines written. It's going to be very strange and involve the Regency somehow, that's all I know.

Dude, I AM Australian. How's that for pathetic.
(no subject) - complications_g on August 23rd, 2008 10:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
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mrsquizzical: boyhandsmrsquizzical on August 22nd, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
heee. i'm australian and i glow in the dark! i CAN tan i just DON'T! :~D

yay for a great time!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: rose petal bowlscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
I keep thinking, if this were Jane Austen's time, I'd be popular! And everyone else would be COMMON. :D

I can't wait to read your concert report ... only I'll have to. Two days till broadband!
Sparkles: Goggles.hxcpunkchick on August 22nd, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
I envy your paleness! I even use a parasol when walking about to minimise tanning effects. =)

Tiny puppies are love
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bollywoodscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
Now that's one I haven't heard before.

And with an ultra-stylish collar too! KILL ME DED WITH CUTE, WHY DON'T YOU.
allyndra: Gerard Leads Through Charismaallyndra on August 23rd, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
In Spain, mothers pointed at me in the street and said, "See, kids? THAT'S what happens if you don't eat your vegetables."

That is the funniest thing I'd read all week ... and then I got to the statue-rimming. *snorfles*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: converse prettyscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Go me? Of course, a little may have been lost in the translation...
(no subject) - allyndra on August 24th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on August 24th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
JRevalangui on August 23rd, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
I love the irony that I'm enjoying fine English weather because I hate the heat and you're enjoying fine Spanish weather because you hate the rain XD. Works for both of us, I guess but your walking-because-it's-sunny theory has one important flaw: when it's hot you get sweaty and thirsty and it's generally not very walkable at all. Can't understand why you liked the Metro system, I like the automatic machines that offer paperbacks instead of food but I always find it way too claustrophobic (versus trains or busses) and when it's hot...just yuk. Not that I'm judging your love!

Were you to the Park Guell? It's my fav Gaudi.

Also, it's nice to know there's someone who's whiter than me :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: monkeyscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
I have a theory about the heat + crowded trams scenario. We have a tram system here, too - only in one city, mind, and it certainly doesn't run every five minutes - and everyone hops on with three coats and a scarf on and dies within seconds. At least in Spain you're not wearing much to begin with! Plus, really speedy. I think we generally travelled five or six stops in about fifteen minutes, which is little enough time to deal with the stuffiness. Plus, I was born in a hot country. It's in mah blood!

Sadly no, we had to stop off at some sports stadium instead ... pah.

Whiter than EVERYONE EVER, you can see the veins in my shoulders!
(no subject) - evalangui on August 23rd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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peripatetic extemporizations: Brendon Jon blurryhatoyona on August 23rd, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
You look cute, idk what you're talking about! Also ugh I bet Spain is incredible. Some day...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: skyscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
It really is; it reminded me of Australia in the country, but it's its own place through and through. If that makes any sense!
(no subject) - hatoyona on August 23rd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
o hulloah!: rndm; HI GUYS!bogged on August 23rd, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Spain sounds wonderful! I am going to try and go next summer when I'm in Europe, so that I may practice my extensive Spanish vocabulary, which mostly includes the words: hola, pantalones, zapatos, and high-pitched screaming of the word AQUI!!!! which seems to be the only way I can say that.

Also, sexy lady. :P
I think we have the same hair color. You're pretty rocking. Did Spain tell you that?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: butterfly bookscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
I came home wanting to say 'gracias' instead of thank you, but the same thing happened with 'cheers' after I visited Oxford. Weird. (I really want to check out your wedding pics, btw! I'll have broadband by Tuesday at the latest ... I HOPE.)

I could look up the dye colour if you want to check. ;D Mainly they stared at my translucent legs. It was rather disconcerting.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: deerscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
I KNOW. I am so totally a cat person it's insane. But ... their fairy ears!!

Thank you, I did. :D
dirtylaugh: randomdirtylaugh on August 23rd, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
Cyril sounds awesome. Get him!

Plus, Spanish public transport is teh win. In fact, most public transport I've encountered in Europe (not that I'm not already in Europe, but stfu) pwns the English kind.

I am really disturbed by the fact that you are able to tell that that's a lion. And your ma has cool shades.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: black catscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
I think I will, and keep him in a pink handbag. I already have Paris Hilton's sunglasses, after all...

At least you have some! We don't! The bus system here runs on the concept that a bus will come along sometime.

I was told. If I had to choose based on personal opinion, I'd go for a mutated sausage.

She got them free from the Australian County Council - my uncle works for them. I had some too but I dropped them on the floor the first day. Go me.
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on August 23rd, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
hehe, it doesn't look like granny couture!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: socksscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
It will when I'm a granny, lol.
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spark_of_chaos: happy feetspark_of_chaos on August 23rd, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
:g: And to think I'm forever complaining I don't tan nearly as much as any of the people I know! But I totally ♥ the freckles!

And, girl! This is not a miniskirt! This is a totally respectable length that shows off our aristocratic legs. XD Mini is, oh, about half that long. :g:

Also, walking in the sun? A few blocks? :lives at a place where it's currently 40 C: I'll take rain any day, really.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Heart treescoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Some tan is better than none at all, seriously. Except for Victorians.

Clearly I live in the dark ages. Well, it's plenty short enough for me!

We always want what we don't have, that is a fact. I am just so sick of wearing so many clothes and having so much to co-ordinate - jacket, scarf, jumper, gloves, hat. I always was but this really rubbed it in. I'm definitely not staying in this soggy country once I have my degree.
murklins: wahmurklins on August 23rd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I think we might be the same person from the waist down. Have you ever put on a bathing suit and then FREAKED OUT because you can see *all the veins* in your thighs? And you have to wonder how people ever manage to be attractive in these ridiculous scraps of spandex when their clear purpose seems to be to make sure your legs are displayed to their fullest disadvantage.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: For the Roadscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Duuuuuuuuuude, white legs show up EVERYTHING. I was particularly unimpressed with these tiny purple streaks - about the size of a hair - that looked like burst veinlets. Also the fact that I apparently have very pale stretch marks there too, as well as my hips, which admittedly were godawful before they faded. I need: lipo, St Tropez and about a year in the gym, methinks.

Wow, that was TMI. >.>
trichinopoly ash: self: sleeping curlsaldehyde on August 23rd, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
the pics are lovely! [and the rimming comment made me laugh, heh]. you should post more :D

spain sounds amazing. someone on my flist goes there quite frequently, and everytime she posts about her experiences and the different historical sites and the food and culture and people, i get more wistful.

glad to know you had such a wonderful time! although i have to ask, why is spain's underground system so great? is it very efficient? clean? good service? toronto's is a piece of shit, and my bf won't stop complaining abt how he wishes it was more like london's or even france's. i've used neither of those system so i dunno, but i wish it was at least more like nyc or chicago's. OUR SYSTEM SUCKS ASS and still manages to blow my hair into my lipgloss and screw up everything *shakes fist*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: hipposcoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
The rest are pretty much badly shot pictures of buildings. In the end they all looked like the same building, which was rather disheartening in terms of any potential career in architecture photography.

I have to say the bit I enjoyed most was walking around for a bit then hanging out on random sculptures and eating ice cream. Also the shopping, although I did not get to do half enough. But I'm basically a prole, so. ;D

THERE WAS A SIGN, OKAY. It said 'proximo tren 5:00' and counted down and IN FIVE MINUTES, THERE WOULD BE A TRAIN. This was utterly amazing to me. I catch a bus from my apartment into the city centre at college, and to do so you arrive and wait least fifteen minutes, and maybe half an hour, or maybe you give up entirely, before it comes. A TRAIN COMING IN FIVE MINUTES WHEN IT SAID FIVE MINUTES, I CANNOT ADEQUATELY EXPRESS MY ADMIRATION.
(no subject) - aldehyde on August 23rd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Margravine Palavar: Streetmargravinemargravine on August 23rd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Little doggies are awesome. I want a little dark colored French bulldog just so I can name it Truffle!

Also, paleness is lovely. I'm pretty damned pale though, so I'm quite biased. Have you ever seen what happens to cleavage that's been tanned for decades? Speckled, leathery bags. *shudder*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: redhot flowersscoradh on August 23rd, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
ASDFOASDJAFSLHJ BULLDOOOOOOOOOOOOGS. I don't know how or why this happened, but I have an insane urge to google them. A lot.

Ahahaha, I looked at the strap marks on these tanned girls and wondered did they have triangular pale bits on their boobs? That would be weird. I don't really have a choice so I stick with the elegant argument. ;D
LOL, SCONE: ginkaku-jirolling_scone on August 24th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
My mother, I think, is pretending to be a gargoyle, having mixed up 'Roman' with 'Romanesque.'

rofl.

I take it you had a good time? ;) gosh, I love Spain. need to go there again.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: frangipaniscoradh on August 29th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I did, totally great, but it already feels like an aeon ago...