With the day waking up to blue skies and warm temperatures, the beach beckoned this morning, so rather than spend the morning lazing around, I hopped on my bike and headed out to la Barceloneta to see what I would find…
I wasn’t disappointed. The sun was blazing in full force, warming the skin and inducing the removal of layers for the first time since last year. What a great way to start the day! Coffee and a scone sounded like a good idea, so I sat on the terrace of Buenas Migas, and whilst savouring my purchase, I had to squint my eyes to look out to sea. Aah, such joy to be at the beach early, with little to obstruct my view – it always makes me think I should do this more often, but how many times do I just ‘forget’ to actually do this? Too often!
Once I could tear myself away from my chair, I sat on the beach for a while, looking around, while the beach front started getting busier. I noticed that some ‘chiringuitos’ had opened (like the one in the photo above). Always a sure sign that Winter is well and truly behind us.
As the beach started filling up, I noticed a group practicing their yoga – it made me think that I’d like to take up yoga again… inspired, I asumed the lotus position – well, sort of – and started to concentrate on my breathing. I have no idea how long I sat there, but when I finally got up, I felt veeeery relaxed.
The temperature was rising and flesh started to appear here and there. These gentlemen were enjoying a game of ‘petanca’ (jeu de boules) and were taking it very seriously. Comments, laughs and mock-insults were flung backwards and forwards between the contestants as they competed to be the closest to the little ball. Onlookers kept a close watch on the proceedings – only the dog was distracted by other goings-on…
Some people were already supine on the sand, stripped to the bare essentials and soaking up some vitamine D! Although it is one of my favourite passtimes, it was still a little too chilly for me.
But seeing the sun shimmer on the sea must surely mean, that Summer is on its way?