As our readers know, there is one, and only one corner that matters in Barcelona, and that is our corner. The corner was busy today with cats, candy, and carolers.
Pop-Up Promises But Doesn’t Deliver
Wondering what happened to that excellent Portuguese restaurant? It’s now a “Botiga Pop-up” according to the sign. Boutique or Bodega? You decide. For a short time only, until 15 Gener, Gracia shoppers can browse the overly white counters for candy at Çukor. (pronounced: STHu-Curr). Shout it out in Catalan for Christmas.
The pastel, powder-coated dice-sized pieces tempted our intrepid reporter, also known as Mary. She taste-tested the artisanal offerings that the owner helpfully displayed on a silver tray by the sidewalk.
Alas, the candy tasted much like extra-soft Kraft Miniature Marshmallows. The reporter’s sweet tooth remained unsatisfied.
Las Chicas love a good pop-up, and more research was conducted this evening in order to accurately describe this holiday entrepreneurial adventure. Mary found candy-as-art in attractive and disturbing versions.
Then the sales person/possible owner encouraged her to try a piece of some kind of fruit flavored gumdrop-like object with sparkling confection. It was good. Still more research is needed, so she will test the chocolate lollipops in the near future.
Balcony Cats Enjoy Two Minutes of Sunshine
As soon as our photographer (Mary) went onto the terrace (microbalcony), the top floor cat popped out of the wooden shutters, demanding his time in the lens. Our photographer obliged, for the black cat on the top floor is a rare sighting indeed. His litterbox, however, is always on his balcony, thoughtfully shielded for privacy by a small potted plant.
Meanwhile, third floor cats did their usual dance of passive aggressive avoidance when the small black cat had to chase an insect.
The insect flew to the other side of Big Orange, and Little Black had to scurry by. Big Orange could not care less about Little Black as she briefly blocked the two minutes of sunshine that all felines were soaking in.
Songs for Lifting Holiday Spirits
The evening ended (but is just beginning, really, for Spaniards and Catalans) with lovely Christmas Carols on the Corner as seen in this video, click on “Corner Carolers”:
Hope your holiday season is happy!
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