Thursday, April 30, 2009

We're off to Perpignan for a wedding and then a week in Barcelona, which better damn well be sunny and warm. I haven't been back to Barcelona in 10 years, the city I love and hate most in the world.

Annoyingly, a week ago one of my best friends when I was just a little kid, whom I haven't seen in probably 25 years and who works as a film editor, cameraman and sometime director in L.A., contacted me to say he would be coming to Stockholm this week.

There was general gnashing of teeth. By me at least.

I told him that at least he and his boyfriend can stay in our apartment while we carouse in Spain.

It pleases me somehow to know that he'll be staying here, as if he's getting to know me all over again just by looking at the books on the shelves (not to mention piled high on a table in the library and in various other rooms), the perfume in the bathroom (which isn't mine), the elaborate collection of teas in the kitchen (which we don't drink), the lack of a full-length mirror (there are a couple of half-length mirrors though), the music on the grand piano (which needs tuning) and the freshly cleaned windows (all 17 of them, each divided into two or four casements, one of which was concealing a bee in the handle, a bee which stung me on my middle finger halfway through the whole ordeal).

What makes it okay, though, is that he'll be back again in December. Then I can check out if he really did learn anything about me from staying here, or if it was one big false impression.

The Swedish word for the day is missuppfattat. It means misunderstood.


Ady said...

It amuses me to know that other people's homes give false impressions about their inhabitants.

Nanc Twop said...

'' haven't been back to Barcelona in 10 years, the city I love and hate most in the world.''Hope you have a fun trip!
Just wondering why do you also hate Barcelona?

do Ó Pires de Sousa said...

i wish both of you an happy marriage!
and good time in barcelona by the way!!

Robin Shadowes said...

The perfect melody must be Barcelona with Farukh Bulsara and Montserrat Caballe.

Olga said...

Hej hej! When I was in Stockholm not long ago and was walking in Gamla Stan I caught myself wondering where your place would be and what you would be doing. Thanks for your blog - I have been a regular reader for long and I keep struggling with my Swdish...Harrebra, Olga. Come and visit: