What and Where: Cerdanyola
I’ve been conflicted with how to really make this blog represent me, especially now that I’ve decided to be a bit more forthcoming with you all, and I finally think I figured out a way to do it.
You may or may not know, but I live in Spain, in the Barcelona area in particular, though that may change soon (more on that later). And the area here is so gorgeous, I pass by historical buildings, beautiful sights, parks, cafes, and restaurants every day, and public transit here makes getting around so easy, I started thinking. Why don’t I document my trips around the area?
So! I’ve already prepared for several trips, and I’ve had so much fun finding places to show you guys, I can’t wait for you to see.
The What and Where segment will be divided into two parts: A description of the places I went and the trip there, and what I did while I was there, which will be mostly book reads and a short review or just detailing where I am in the book, but I might also be writing, drawing, or learning a language and taking you with me!
Anyway, I’m excited for this segment. I feel like it encompasses a lot of things that is me, I kind of get to open up about the area I live in, I’ve been living here in Spain for the past 4 years. I love travel and photography, and I get to show the things I like to do when I’m out places.
Kind of making myself a book-blogger/travel-blogger mash up? Since mashing genres seems to be my thing, I think it’s pretty on brand!
Where: Cerdanyola, at the Supan Cafe
Cerdanyola is a gorgeous city.
I’ve been only once before to buy furniture, but I’ve always wanted an excuse to come back because of how much of a mark it left on me. It’s not nearly as busy as Barcelona city, even though it’s close, about a half hour drive away. The nifty thing about Spanish cities is that they’re so close, you can drive fifteen minutes in any given direction and be in another city. My bus ride took 30 minutes to get to Cerdanyola, which is two towns over from where I live.
Catching the bus was interesting. I was confused on which side of the street I was supposed to be standing on, and when I told the bus driver where I wanted to go, she looked at me like she’d never heard of the stop before. It was, however, going to the city I wanted to go to, so I figured even if the bus took me to the wrong stop (schedules and stops vary on the weekends), I could just walk to my desired location.
Thankfully, there was a helpful passenger that told me I was on the right bus.
Fun fact about catching the bus here, for most bus lines, there are different schedules and routes for the weekend. The reason why is because every city (yes, every single one) has an open market on the weekends, and wherever the open market is being held, the streets are closed off. Buses that pass through those streets on weekdays have to change their routes accordingly. If you’re going anywhere, it pays to check to make sure Google Maps knows the weekend schedule as well, because otherwise you might be sitting around waiting for a stop that never comes, or find yourself going down a street you’ve never gone to before, but you’re still going in the right direction.
The city was well worth the trip.
Let me tell you something else about Spanish cities. The ayuntamiento, which is to say the government building, is almost always right next to the catholic church. And the catholic church is usually smack dab right in the center of everything. So, when in doubt, find the church, which can usually be seen from afar, or heard through the hourly chimes. You’ll always find your way back.
The cafe where I wanted to read was right next to the ayuntamiento, so I had everything at my fingertips.
The ayuntamiento is so pretty!
Just look at the detailing around the windows, the archways, the balustrade. Very Spanish.
As promised, the catholic church was nearby, chiming the hour every so often, reminding you that you’re right where you want to be if you want to see the best the city has to offer.
Funnily enough, I never really see people attending service, especially given that it was a Sunday on the day I went and you see how empty it is, but it’s unsurprising. Spain is very secular, despite the many national catholic holidays.
Right around the corner from the catholic church there’s the Ripoll river, a stone’s throw from the library.
Okay, so enough about the city, now let me talk about where I went.
I visited a coffee shop — cafetería around here — called Supan. As you can see, they had tons of delicious options to choose from. And it felt so cozy on the inside. The service was great, the waitresses were very attentive and pleasant. Books lined one side of the wall to the right, wine bottles lining the other side. It felt like a book-lover’s paradise. Not to mention the coffee was amazing.
I decided to get a donut and a croissant. At the cafeterías here, you usually have the option between a butter croissant and a “normal” one, which is a croissant covered in a sticky sugar glaze. I didn’t want to get my fingers sticky, so I got a butter croissant.
What: reading Ignite the Stars
Ignite the Stars was an amazing read. I just finished this book, and I’ll have a review on it soon! The ending was so surprising and has me with so many questions I NEED ANSWERS FOR. I loved seeing the parallels to colonialism, as well as the journeys of the characters in their very different backgrounds on opposite sides of the struggle.
The writing is extremely gripping, and the characters are very three-dimensional. I also loved how technologically advanced the sci-fi aspects were, in ways I don’t usually see in sci-fi! Lots of technological implants that were pleasant surprises throughout the entire story. I love clever moments like that (though being the daughter of a programmer and a novice coder, I’m biased).
Also, Asian girl on the cover looking kick-ass, hello.
I’m so glad the duology is already complete, so I will be promptly buying the sequel.
Next book on the TBR, however, is The Candle and the Flame, and I’ve already started, and guys. I think I might have found my next favorite.
But give me your suggestions on where to read it! I’m holding a poll on Twitter, so be sure to cast your votes there!
The bus that I took was weird, and I soon learned that I had to take the train home because there was no bus going back in the direction I came from, but it wasn’t a big deal, the train was about an 8 minute walk from where I was. I only had to wait 15 minutes for the train to arrive, so I took the opportunity to read some more. All in all, it was such a fun visit, and I want to come to the city again soon.
So tell me what you think of this new segment? What kind of things do you want to see? Give me your thoughts in the comments!