Monday, August 29, 2011


We have cable in English! Since arriving here almost 4 months ago I have been trying to figure out if our cable provider offers English programming. There are a lot of American shows here, but they are all in Spanish. Let me tell you Big Bang Theory is not nearly as funny in Spanish. Last night I was on our cable provider’s website and found a forum. In the forum I search for "ver TV en ingles", in English it is "see TV in English" and was able to determine how to change a station from Spanish to English. It is a pain that each station I must change the setting from Spanish to English, but I will take it. I don't watch a ton of TV; I just like it for background noise a lot of the time.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Knock, knock...are you still there?

Sorry for the delayed absence.  Jeff has been on vacation all of August, so needless to say it has been difficult to find time to post.  Don’t worry he will be back to work next week and I will resume regularly scheduled blogging.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tour of Barcelona

I thought I would do a post on the sights here in Barcelona, a few sights each week.  It is a beautiful city and there is A LOT to see here.  Some of these pics were taken on our first vist to Barcelona in 2007 and some are more recent. 

This is Port Olympic...this area was built in the 90's and acted as the Olympic village back in 1992.  This is the area were a lot of the clubs are.

This is Museum of Art...I have previewed it here before. This is where we saw the fountain show back in June, this was taken during the day and is very different to the pictures we took at night.  The last picture in this series is the view of the city/mountains from the top steps at the Museum of Art.

 This is Plaza Espana (taken back in 2007)

 This is Plaza Espana at night (taken in June)...only difference is the stadium in the background is now complete as it was under construction back in 2007.

The simple things...

such as a load of laundry takes awhile here in Spain. Our unit is both a washer and dryer, my understanding our dryer is a condensation dryer. Meaning the dryer uses a heat exchanger to cool the air and condense the water vapor into either a drain pipe. It typically takes 2 cycles to completely dry a load, at 111 minutes each cycle. Then to wash a load is around 120 minutes depending on the temperature you are using. There are lots of other options when choosing a setting...quick wash (which is 56 minutes), soak, stain setting and you can also change the drum speed. I typically just do a normal wash setting using cold, warm or hot water. I should also say our washer doesn't hold much so I am always doing laundry. Yesterday I did 2 bath towels, 1 tub mat, 2 hand towels and that was a very full load. Today I did one double bed sized blanket and that is all that would fit.
 All these settings...are they really necessary?