Friday, August 29, 2014
(This first bit appeared in the Albany Advertiser14/8/2014)
Like many when away from home I explore, mostly on foot, and reflect on the place I left behind.
On my most recent trip, to research a book and attend a conference, I landed in Barcelona for the first time since 1974.
Way back then I was a raw and idealistic young man, Generalissimo Franco was in charge and the streets were full of his hated henchmen carrying sub-machine guns.
With Spain now a confirmed democracy, I saw it all with new and often dazzled eyes.
So what is it about Barcelona that could be of any interest to us in the great southern and, in particular, Albany? Well, they know how to wait on table, to serve with efficiency and panache and they know how to celebrate great art and architecture.
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