Oh. Oh, no. I’m afraid of Paris, where I will be for long enough that I would starve if I tried to stay in my apartment without communicating in French. Oh, French people. Je suis désolé that my French is so terrible.
But! Maybe you’ve been to France. Have you? Tell me where I should go to test my sub-par linguistic skills.
Merci. Je suis tellement faim.
Last night, I spent several minutes trying to break into the apartment downstairs from mine.
The doors are identical, and they have the same apartment number painted above the door. I fiddled with my keys for 10 minutes, but when I began some exploratory shoulder throws into the stuck door a young man opened it. He looked very composed for someone who had clearly just retrieved his clothes from the floor.
Startled, I peered past him into Not My Apartment.
Are you upstairs?, he asked in Spanish.
Yes, I said. Possibly. Apologies.
I really should keep a bottle of wine in the apartment.
I’m heading to Barcelona soon, where I will eat all the Manchego in the country. It’s a bit of an unexpected trip — my ex and I arranged to do a kid handoff mid trip so both of us get to see Europe with Hank without spending as much on tickets.
If you’ve visited or lived in Barcelona, I’d love to hear what you’d recommend. Hank will be with me part of the time, but I’ll have time on my own too. If you have favorite restaurants, things to eat, things to do, or general advice, I’m all ears.
They have a central table set up for featured local artists, and when one of the finishes a piece, they tack it to the wall with a price sticker on it. The art is super reasonably priced — our night it was anywhere from $1-$25 per piece.
Everyone else sits wherever with their sketchbooks. I haven’t drawn ever really, but I figured out a workaround.
Go do this. Fun.
More on Go Travel:
Austin is one of my favorite places, mostly because they put melted cheese on everything. My friend and longtime business partner Laura Mayes grew up in a little town outside Austin, and she always knows where to get the very best melted cheese, and fried catfish, and margaritas, and sushi. Mmmm, margaritas and sushi. Check out her Go Travel list of Things to Taste in Austin.
And then ignore the scale when you get back.