"We have more reasons to love each other based on our common humanity than to victimize one another because of any difference."

Friday, September 4, 2009

Now Entering Barcelona!

Today is a very big and important day for me. I meet my host mother. I found out she has a full grown son who is in the Catalunya Police Force and although he visits frequently she lives alone. (Not for long!) Last year was her first year with the exchange program.

So last night is our last night at the hotel and they pulled out all the stops at dinner. We started as usual with oil, vinegar, and bread. That was followed by a salad with sweet corn, peppers, olives, tomatoes, and tuna fish. The main course was a fabulous Paella, a classic Spanish dish of rice, seafood, and deliciousness. They paraded the huge circular platters to each of the four tables beaming at our excited expressions. It was my first time eating Paella. (Not the last). The hostess kept returning to the tables with a smile on her face as we continued to praise how good the food was. ‘Que rico!” we exclaimed. Desert was a natural vanilla ice cream topped with warmed semi sweet chocolate. It was fabu!

I finished the night off with a hot shower to wash off all the sand and salt from my excursions at the beach earlier. The Mediterranean is so salty! It was a lovely day.