A tale of a Scotsman living in SW london...

Friday, May 05, 2006

weighty issues

Those who know will say that I don't need to lose weight (they may think it, but nobody ever tells me). Anyway, after the Barcelona trip and the cold months, it's time for me to lose some weight. So I've eaten salad for lunch all week, with healthy dinners. I should add that the night we got back from Barcelona we went and got a takeaway curry, but let's skip over that for now.

I've even (god forbid) been to the gym! Twice! Am feeling better for it so think I'll keep it up for a bit. After all, I need to lose some to trim up a bit. I wouldn't look a fantastic sight on the beach at the moment....more whale than baywatch.

Anyway, this weekend will be spent with friends, relaxing, drinking and eating. Hardly the best way to lose weight however they do say you need to laugh to lose weight and there will be plenty of that. Roll on tonight and the first drink!

Talking of drink, haven't had any since I started this fitness thing. Well, I had a glass of cider last night as we had to use some in a marinade for dinner (fantastic it was, both dinner and the cider). Hmm, could it be that my old age means that I am beginning to appreciate cider?

Some more on Barcelona.

It's a fantastic city, I loved it. The weather was good as it was in the low to mid 20's all the time, which is perfect for exploring and wandering about it. Glorious sunshine all day with a 10 minute blast of rain in the early evening which was fine as that's when we were getting ready to go out for the night!

Some tips and things I noticed....

It's not the type of place where you feel uncomfortable (although on the first night we were in some areas where we felt we wanted to get out quickly). The thing with it is, it's no worse than any other big city, and as I live in London I didn't feel any different. What I did notice - the streets were clean (mostly!) and never too busy which is great.

PLaces to go - drinks and dinner you have to try the Born district, down at the bottom of the Ramblas and over behind port olympic. In fact, it's probably nearer the Barceloneta. It's bordered by carrer de la princessa and viva laietana. Lots of little squares and trendy bars. Great. The other places we went to were down Port Olympic, which was nice and a great location but it didn't really feel like Barcelona.

We had dinner in a wee tapas place at the bottom of the Ramblas one night before going to Neu Camp, which was brilliant! watched the game against Cadiz. which they won 1-0.

The other place which was great for morning coffee was Poblenou. Very local but a big long street with lots of trees and nice coffee places. Actually, there was a fantastic place on the beach where we had coffee that was great.

Anyway, more soon.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


You turn up for a tour of the Barcelona FC Stadium, and the worlds best player just happens to be there....I missed the shot of him doing keepie ups.... Posted by Picasa