Last night, Barcelona was on fire celebrating the eve of Sant Joan. There were giant bonfires all over the city - including this one actually right on our corner. Neighbors gather at long, communal tables to enjoy a meal and drink cava and share coca de Sant Joan (a yeasty cake with anise, candied fruit, and toasted pine nuts). There's music, dancing, and so, so, so many fireworks. The party lasts all night and it's so joyful and crazy you can't even be mad when the firecracker booms keep going outside your bedroom window into the early hours of the morning. Miles asked if we could do it all again tonight.
Beating the heat with a cold brew at Golfo de Bizkaia in the Gothic Quarter. Styled as a Basque tavern, the space specialises in tasty pintxos (small bar snacks usually built up on a slice of bread). They also have some good txakoli, a zippy white wine from the Basque country, and authentic cider from the region.