Day Ten -Viernes/Friday

We had a lovely meal last night to celebrate the end of our successful trip. We were really pleased that Carmen and Isabel were able to join us. They presented us with our University certificates and gave me a letter for Mrs Allen. They also said that they had seen this blog and thought it was so good that they have put a link to it on the Barcelona University site! I'll have to make sure I mention that in my report, about the trip, for the British Council.

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I had a delicious 'Arroz negro con gambas y almejas' which was black paella, made using squid ink, with prawns and clams.

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We are looking forward to joining in with the celebrations at Els Pins later for 'La Castanyada'. The Castanyada is a popular traditional Catalan festival, celebrated on All Saints' Day and in the evening before. Traditionally, ‘castanyes’ (roast chestnuts) are eaten along with ‘moniatos’ (roast sweet potatoes) and ‘panellets’ (small almond balls covered in pine nuts). Historically, La Castanyada was to honour saints and dead ancestors. Whole villages would stay awake in vigil, and the church bells would ring throughout the night. The traditional, high energy foods were served up to prevent them from feeling ill from lack of sleep and the effort of ringing the heavy bells. Children at Els Pins have been busy preparing special food and decorations all week so I'm really excitied about joining them for their celebrations.

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