Catalonian meals are amazing — paellas, tapas, wine — what more could you want? For me, I wanted to know how I could have this experience when I returned home. More importantly, I share my experiences in Barcelona with my friends. So, I was very excited to find Cook & Taste cooking school. The school is located in the Barri Gotic area of Barcelona, very close the Cathedral. What a great way to spend a few hours in Barcelona and truly fall in love with this amazing food!
The morning started with a trip to the Boqueria market. While this is “extra”, it was so cool to go through this market with someone who could share with us so much about the market and the different food available. Learning about different types of olives, eggs, ham, fish .. I could go on about this part but I would then miss all the fun of the actual cooking!
So then it was time to learn how to cook — from tomato soup to potato tortillas with tomato bread to 2 types of paellas — fish and vegetarian — to creme Catalan. Wow .. it was so much fun. Lots of stories, laughter and basic cooking.
It’s been said that I am always on “cruise control” — either planning my next trip or coming down from my last one. I love to travel because I love to experience new things and see places I’ve dreamed about all my life. For a long time, I did not travel — mostly because I thought I could not do it on my own. Finally, I just got tired of waiting for someone to join me on my journeys and I headed out. My first trips were cruises — I thought it would be an easy way to see a number of places, be able to unpack once — and not really travel alone because I would meet people on the ship. Also, if I liked a place, I would feel more confident about going back on my own and staying longer. This plan is working well for me — in the past 4 years, I’ve been to Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Malta, Tunisa, Croatia, Montenegro, Portugal and now I’m preparing for trips to South America.
In this blog, I will share some of my trips (many have been shared with my Facebook friends who say they like to live vicariously through my adventures) as well as some amazing things that I have been able to do and see.
Here is my first post to start sharing all about Astral Travels … the places I’ve been and the magic that I’ve found as I’ve made these journeys. I hope you will enjoy travelling with me as I share all of this with you.