Today is Sant Jordi's day, the patron saint of Catalunya (also known as St. George, slayer of the dragon). To celebrate, guys are supposed to give their girlfriends a rose and girls are supposed to give their boyfriends a book. How this is fair I don't know exactly, but hey I'll take a rose any day. Fortunately, gallant Matteo provided one!
Marcus and Madhur with roses for our hosts
Today was ALSO the day of the much-anticipated paella to be cooked by none other than our team leader, Fede, at his house in Costa Brava. We were originally supposed to be 12 hearty eaters, but things came up over the course of the weekend and in the end, we were only five from A6 - Matteo, Marcus, Madhur, Diego, and me - plus Fede and his wife Dolores and a former student of Fede's, who now works for IESE and her husband and their 7-month-old son.
I promised Fede I wouldn't elaborate too much on just how good the paella was, but later I got the feeling that he actually WANTS such publicity, so here we go.
IT WAS THE BEST PAELLA I'VE EVER HAD. Seriously. And if you are coming to IESE next year and you are lucky enough to have Fede as your team leader (and this is really lucky because he's very cool, even without the paella) you must make him cook it for you! In fact, I'm hoping we can convince him to do a repeat performance. Like, every Sunday. You should also know that Fede is unfortunately not my professor in any classes, so I'm not using this as an opportunity to butter him up for good grades. It really was an amazing meal.
After lunch, we took a long walk with the dogs along the beach and the longer we walked, the warmer and sunnier it got. After a little rest, we piled back into the car and headed back to Barcelona. If only we didn't have class tomorrow or cases to prepare, it would have been a perfect day!