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Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's our last real day.  Should we go to the monastary up in the mountains.  Should we go to the Gaudi Park or one of Barcelona's museums?  Na.  Instead we did what really made this trip great.  Spent a quiet day together.  We went out for breakfast at a small local cafe, then went to a huge food market.  They had about anything you can think of there from spices and truffles to cow brains and unidentifiable fish.  There was a great fresh fruit section were they had a million different kinds of fresh juices.  We grabbed a kiwi and coconut while we wandered.  One of the big selling items here are whole ham legs that were hanging everywhere.  After doing a lap we picked up meat, cheese, fruit, and a couple of souvenirs for home.  We had already gotten bread at the cafe this morning, and we found a pepper pate spread at a plaza market yesterday.  We went to a great park a little outside of the area where we have been hanging out called the Citadel Park.  It is another scorching day so we walked slow, passing the Spanish version of the Arc D'Triumph on the way, made of red bricks.  In the park we noticed a bright green bird with a number hanging around its neck.  On a second look it was a small parrot.  What is a parrot doing in a park?  We sat down in the shade of a tree and a few seconds later a half dozen bright green parrot were hopping around, and even more could be seen in the trees and flying around.  I still don't know why they were there.  We've heard stories that in San Fransico there is a flock of parrots that were realeased when they were pets and now fly around wild.  Maybe that happened here.  It was cool though.  There were a lot of people in the park, but we found a good spot under a tree and had a picnic.  There is a zoo nearby so there were kids everywhere.  After the picnic we found a quieter spot and just hung out for a long while.  We talked a lot, and came up with a list of 'things we miss from home'.  They are in no particular order: clean clothes, good pillows, real sports, motorcycle/truck/car, English, exercise, Home Depot, newspapers, gas stations, going to the movies, church, the Lake, painting toenails, chapstick, perfume/deodorant, cooking, family, friends, toothpaste, shower poofs, and my electric razor.  After that we though lets keep it going and make a list of 'things we will miss'.  Again in no particular order: sleeping in, not working, parks, ice cream, not ever cleaning, adventures, picnics, seeing each other all day every day, breakfast, waking up in different places every few days, no responsibilities, beaches, fountains, mountains, churches, being the only ones that understand English, simplicity, trains/planes/metros, and siestas.  We extrapolated it further to 'things we don't miss from home': cellphones, alarm clocks, bad weather, work, and cleaning.  And finally 'things we won't miss from traveling': journaling, dirty clothes, carring heavy packs, electric plug converters, B.B.C., going out for every single meal, public toilets, and of course political revolutions and environmental disasters.That's it for the lists.  We went back to the hotel from the park, sweating like crazy from the heat.  We actually did save one thing for today, and that was watching the last episode of Friday Night Lights.  It was awesome.  We're going to have a marathon of season 2 when we get home.  Once it was over we had no other choice but to get packed and ready for tomorrow.  We are excited to go home, and excited for the summer, but were are sad that our trip is done.  We went out one last time for dinner.  We wandered around for a long time trying to find a good place for our last night.  Finally we found a small place almost directly next door to our hotel.  It was packed with locals and was perfect.  We got a bottle of wine and spent a long time talking and laughing.  About how great Japan was.  How Thailand was a lot better than we give it credit for, it just wasn't easy.  It was an adventure, not to mention Cambodia.  Now that we're a month removed we can laugh about how insane Egypt was and how Jordan was a 180.  We talked about how easy Europe is.  Ever since we touched down here, we have been able to just relax.  Before we knew it the wine was gone and it was getting late, so we went back to the hotel and called it an early night.  Tomorrow we have the alarm set for 5:45am and will be traveling for around 24 hours.  Right now we just feel very bittersweet about it.  We can't wait to get home, but we don't want to leave.
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