This was a weekend of many birthdays (Felipe on Thursday, Julian on Friday, Paul on Saturday, and Marcus and George today - Happy Birthday!) and also of plenty of sunshine. But let's start at the beginning, shall we?
Friday evening I got all tidied up (yes, I am capable of such a thing) and headed for my interview in Gracia. I won't go into much detail at the moment since nothing is official, but I will say that the position is here in Barcelona, doing something I'd never really considered but which could be very interesting, and at an arm of a major company I had really hoped to work for this summer. It went well, I think. The interview was in Spanish and I guess I managed not to sound too idiotic because it lasted about an hour and a half. I got home at 8, just in time for the evening's festivities....
We had planned to have a small dinner for Julian's birthday because, poor guy, his wife ditched him for the weekend for a film conference. (Can't say I blame her, no offense Julian.) So we were going to take him out to dinner, but the weather was so nice we opted for a small BBQ on our terrace instead. The evening was shockingly civilized until Chris brought out his now famous "mullet glasses." Well, I will let the photos speak for themselves. Marco at one point did some "air dj-ing." It was a sight to behold.
Julian the birthday boy (sporting a haircut that looks shockingly like the one I was subjected to in October - I shudder!) and Francis
Julian with the mullet shades
Francis in mullet shades
DJ Jazzy Marco
The following day, yesterday, I slept in late and then treated myself to a brand new digital camera. A sweet little Olympus. My old giant one actually takes better pictures, but it'll be nice to have this little guy with me when I'm out on the town. I also went to visit Oriol at Teknon, where he had knee surgery during the week. The poor dude is bored out of his skull, so I'm wishing him a speedy recovery so he can join us back in class!
Last night brought a mini barbecue, simply because we had leftover steaks. What a great problem to have! I was still feeling pretty sickly so I stayed in to watch a rather boring Barca-Madrid 1-1 draw and konked out early.
Today I took advantage of the nice weather and went up to Tibidabo to test out my new camera. Since I've already posted some Tibidabo pix, I'll just put two:
When I got back, Marco and I presented George with part of his gift: FHM's "Las Mujeres Mas Sexys de 2006" and a head massager. The real gift is a surprise which will be revealed after the Easter Holidays.
A very "artsy" rendition of what happens when boys look at half-naked women:
And now it's late and time for bed. A new class, Global Economics, awaits tomorrow, along with a visit from the US Ambassador, classes in Corporate Finance and Operations Strategy, and my Spanish presentation. Hmmm... maybe I should start to prepare that...