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A street in the charming Catalan town of  Sitges


by Catherine Petit

Awakening to the warm sunlight peeking into my room that lets me know it is time to get up. Another beautiful day is starting and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.

Thoughts of a wonderful breakfast are racing thru my mind as I dress for the day. A favorite restaurant is just a short walk , and then I shall start a day of exploring.

“I hear a child’s happy squeals of laughter as I cross the plaza”

As I cross the plaza, I watch the children play and listen to their happy squeals of laughter.

Watching the balancing act the young women do as they rush down cobblestone paths on stilettos, never missing a step or even looking like a “balance stride” is necessary. Amazing.

“At breakfast I will plan my day. Do I go walking in the many wonderful parks?” (Photo: Park in the Tetuan District of Madrid)

At breakfast I will plan my day. So many places to visit. Some a close walk, others a good distance. The time of day and the temperature will set my schedule. Do I go walking in the many wonderful parks and listen to the crunching of the leaves underfoot and look for the colorful Magpies? Or do I look for an open church that I can enter to feel the quiet beauty inside? There are always new exhibits at museums to entice me to come. Some museums house “old friends”, a certain painting or a special statue that I must revisit over and over.

“There is a strange buzzing sound. It turns out, it is my alarm clock.”

As I finish my breakfast, I hear the church bells starting to ring. Lovely bells from the many churches call out to parishioners that a Mass is to be starting.

Suddenly there is a strange buzzing sound. Looking all about, I cannot discern where this buzzing is coming from.

“My dreams are reminding me how much I long to walk the streets of Spain again.”

Then I sadly remember. I am at home, and the buzzing is my alarm clock.

My dreams are reminding me of how much I love Spain, and how much I long to walk the streets of Spain again.


Featured image/Mike McBey, CC BY2.0 via Flickr. Frame supplied.
Child in a plaza (Old Town, Valencia)/Vaselina Dzhingarova (please visit her blog “Biking Tours in Valencia). CC BY2.0 via Flickr. Cropped
Tetuan park/Ricardo Ricote Rodriguez, CC BY2.0,via Flickr
Alarm clock/Clker Free Vector Images, Pixabay
Dreaming girl/Guen Gothly|Necrosis’s photostream, CC BY-SA2.0 via Flickr. Cropped.