Thursday, April 23, 2015

Count your blessings :)

Unfortunately the past month here in Barcelona has been tough.  Not for me personally, but for the community as a whole.  I'm sure you have heard about the plane that was deliberately crashed by the copilot flying out of Barcelona to Germany killing everyone on board.  Such an awful, sickening, horrible tragedy for all those involved.  As if this wasn't bad enough, this past Monday, a 13 year old boy killed a substitute teacher, injured another teacher and 2 other students at a school here in Barcelona.  So incredibly sad and devastating that this occurred, especially involving someone so young.  By saying all this I am not trying to put a damper on your day... but to say (and remind you!) to be thankful and count your blessings each and every day.  I know I have been.  With both of these tragedies happening in the city I am living in, it goes without saying that I have been affected by this as have those around me (my students knew people on the plane, etc.) and cannot put into words how sad and empty I feel for the families and people involved.  Carles and I sat down the other night and talked about the things we were thankful for and how we know we take things for granted, and we shouldn't.  I hate that we only had this conversation because we were reflecting on the negative things that have happened the past month (I think these conversations should be brought up more frequently among people) but we are going to make more of an effort to be grateful for WHO and WHAT we have in our lives everyday.  

With that being said, the past few mornings I have woken up with a little pep in my step- feeling blessed and so lucky for the life God has given me.  Today even more, I am thankful that I get to live and feel what it's like to be a Catalan and experience their holidays.  Today is St. Jordi's Day which is one of the best days to live in this wonderful city.  It is a holiday adored and celebrated by every single person living here!  You may be wondering what it is exactly...

It is a day that can not be compared to any holiday we have in the states.. It is partly a day to express love but nothing like Valentine's day.  Starting early at the 6 or 7am (which is almost unheard of for Spaniards ;)) the streets are lined with people selling books and roses.  The tradition is, boys buy girls roses and the girls buy boys books.  However it is not just your significant other which is typically how we celebrate our  "Lover's day" in the states.  Here, the men buy their moms, sisters, female colleagues, friends, etc roses and the women buy all the men/boys in their life books.  How awesome is that?  And when I say the streets are lined with stands of people selling both books and roses I mean ALLLLL the streets are completely full of people.  It is wonderful!  This morning on the metro you could literally feel the buzz from everyone as it is such an awesome, important day here in Catalunya.  (And not to mention, it's 75 sunny and gorgeous today!!). Unlike Valentine's day, it isn't about the media and who gets the most roses, best dinner date or even about having a boyfriend or girlfriend. It's truly about giving a small gift to your loved ones.  

The biggest street with the most stands of books and roses is the street Barcelona is famous for- Las Ramblas.  Later tonight Carles and I will go for a walk down it and don't worry I will take lots of pictures to show you just how great this day is! 

Happy St. Jordi's Day, everyone! :) 

1 comment:

  1. Happy St Jordi's day, Jay Jay and Carles! I may have to go buy some books and roses on the way home!
    I am so grateful to have you both in my life!!!
    Love you!