New Places

barcelonaI’m on holiday in Spain at the moment, and I’m really enjoying seeing places I’ve never been to before. Even more enjoyable is seeing my children, who are now old enough to understand and appreciate the differences in culture that we’ve come across, absorb it all and fall in love with a new place and people.

There is something thrilling about realizing that there is a shop just for hats, or just for knives or wool. That department stores are not common and people buy their groceries from the massive uncover markets we’ve found in Barcelona and Valencia. Where you can talk to the stall holder while he cuts you a piece of cheese off a huge wheel and despite language differences, you all leave satisfied with a meaningful conversation.

valenciaOne of the most clear differences is the time of day people do things. Dinner is from 9pm, but really more like 10pm. It took my 9 year old a few days to get into the swing of that. He’s usually in bed by 8pm. And what I love is the attention to detail on the old buildings. They really don’t make them like they used to. I’m all for a return to thoughtful, beautiful details in our buildings. We’d all be happier :) Practical shouldn’t mean not beautiful.

Do you have a place you go that is totally different from where you live? Or a place you’d love to visit?

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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6 Responses to New Places

  1. Amy R says:

    Hi Michelle – I have never been outside the US, so sadly, I really don’t know. I suppose the biggest differences I see within the US is the north versus the south and east versus the west. The culture is also a little different depending on if you live in a big city versus a small town. As for a favorite place to visit? Hmm, not really that I can think of in regards to a town. Anytime I get to visit the ocean, I am a happy girl, though! Does that count? :)

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Michelle, it sounds wonderful! I’d love to go and shop from markets like that. I definitely want to eat straight off a cheese wheel. lol

    My husband and I applied for a passport a week ago, and we do plan on going to Scotland and perhaps England sometime in the near future. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Scotland.

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Michelle,

    What marvelous pictures. It makes me want to go to Spain :)

    If I could live in another country for a while it would be great. We spent 10 days in London, in a flat with a tube pass, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I love seeing the history of the place. I loved both eating out and shopping at the grocer’s. Best of all was the culture. Great plays and amazing music shops.

  4. Mary, I agree that living in a new country for a few weeks is just amazing. Shopping is great, even in the big supermarkets, just to see what everyone buys.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Mistress of the Wind nominated for an IRC Best Book 2014 Award (with giveaway!)

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