dimecres, d’octubre 06, 2004

Wild things

The words I hear everyday....hola, que tal, perdona, aqui, gracias, de nada, adios...Nice words.
Nice to hear them all the time. In Finland we don´t have small talk so much we really don´t use a lot thanks (kiitos) or perdona (anteeksi) words. We use it but not so often than here. Sometimes I just hate when english people ask how you doing and actually you have a bad day but still you have to smile and say...I fine thanks, what about you? ... That´s shit. Here in Barcelona it´s little bit different they might ask ¿Que tal? but they really don´t wanna hear the answer. =) That is even more strange than the english way.

At the first time yesterday I drinked the Sangria in here Barcelona. I have drinked that before a few times in Germany. We bought it from some store and the taste was so awful. Yesterday we were in a bar (black sheep- great bar by the way=) and we drank Sangria and it was very sweet like juice. I don´t think there was not much alcohol in it but I liked it a lot.

Thuesday we had the very first sport & games class. It was adventure. I would say. Wild and loud experience. So much different than in Finland. There were like 30 people in the class and most of them were boys. I think only 6 girls and then us five erasmus students. Everybody was staring us and talking only catalan. Yeah, that was nice=) You can imagine. =) After I while som of the catalonian girls started to transelate the catalan games to us in english. We could understand something but still we learned the games just waching and beeing part of the group.
In some point a though that I´m like in a zoo or in a football game because of the boys were so loud and so excited about those children games. But we were too. Still it was not the same.
What was very strange to me was how the boys were behaving to each other. They didn´t feel shame to be close to another boy. They were holding hands like they have done it many times before. And that is the difference if you compare in Finland. You can´t see boys holding hands just for fun except if you are a gay or if you are really drunk.
Yet I liked to be there in that class and I will go there again. I hope I can learn more spanish or catalan and get to know more local people and how they are behaving in different kinds of situations. For me it was exciting and I love sport so I really look forward going there again.

And then there is this smoking and drinking things. You can smoke nearly everywhere and if there is a note on the wall that "you can´t smoke here" still many people do it and nobody cares. And if you order a drink outside of the bar or restaurant it costs more money. That is little bit strange.