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Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
No, I'm not moving to another country (thank God!), only to another blog host. This means that you MUST update your feeds and bookmarks to Many people come here via the link or through one of the old... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Nico and I watched part of "The Phantom of the Opera" last night. The ensuing discussion: Nico: Wow, just because you're jealous doesn't mean it's okay to go and throw a tambourine on someone's head. Me: You mean a chandelier?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
I want to live again in a place where I can again write stuff like "On my way home from the Straw Raincoat Field Event, I narrowly missed being run over by a young Japanese man on a motorcycle who was blaring Dolly Parton at top volume" Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
This is my submission for Illustration Friday. The word this week was "Dusty." I did a few different versions and I'd really like your feedback. Which do you like best and why? The problem I'm facing now is that because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
I always dreamed that one day I might get to go on Australian radio and talk about tuna fish... Listen here! Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
I know I've said this before but one of the things I like most about living in Spain are the school lunches. Both in Madrid and in Barcelona, Nico has had delicious, healthy and varied lunches at school. Certainly they're... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
This is the first time I've ever participated in Illustration Friday. This week the word was "Resolutions" and this is my submission- It's a combination of a drawing and a photograph and since I'm new to Photoshop, please don't judge... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
The scatological Catalan Christmas report continues and if you thought El Caganer was weird, wait until you hear this... So while you guys were attending midnight mass or singing "Frosty the Snowman" or frantically assembling a Playmobil space navigation station,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Let us begin by gazing at the classic nativity scene. There are the wise men, the cows, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in his cradle. Oh but wait, who's that over in the corner next to those ceramic shepherds? Is it...? could it be....? A man taking a shit? Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
A couple of weeks ago I went to England to visit my friends Sophy and Dan. They lived in Madrid at the same time we did but moved back to England shortly after we moved to Barcelona. I'd never been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
I don't know about you, but when I think of the holiday plays of my youth, the images that come to mind are full of wholesome happiness and cheer. At Nico's school here in Barcelona on the other hand, they rubbed their hands together and said, "Heeeey, how about we present the darker side of Christmas? Cackle Cackle!" Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Here is my little doll. He is 14 months old! Speaking figuratively of course. I'm not entirely sure however, that the girls in Nico's class realize that Luca is, in fact, not a doll. A living doll from Johanna Bailey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
I love They Draw and Cook. Love it love it love it. I first discovered this site when I was staying in Utah over the summer and since I had Mormons on my Mind (is that a John Denver song?),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
I have discovered two web sites lately that I'm completely obsessed with. One is called How To Write Badly Well and it is the most hilarious thing I've read in ages. It has nothing to do with food except in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Here is a group of older gentlemen and ladies performing the Sardana, a traditional Catalan dance. Dignified Sardana from Johanna Bailey on Vimeo. Here is a slightly less dignified version being performed by a group of little girls in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Me: Why don't you like playing with the girls at kindergarten? Nico: Oh mommy, the girls are all just like "Ohhh, I want to have a little baby!" and that's boring. Me: They really say that?? Nico: Yes. Or they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
"Nico, you can't marry your mommy because by the time you get old enough to get married, she's probably going to be dead already!" Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
in less than two weeks I start culinary school AND a new food column for The Jerusalem Post. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Those who know me know that I tend to get completely obsessed with a certain food and then I will eat it over and over and over again for weeks, occasionally even months. I do the same thing with music... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't even blink upon seeing a bouquet of pig legs in the middle of the breakfast cereal aisle. However, after having been outside of Spain for a couple of months, things that I usually take for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Here is my latest post from Barcelona Bites! It was a dark and stormy night when Mr. Barbecue and Señorita Tetilla first crossed paths between the steamy folds of a tortilla with questionable morals. They never would have met under... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
Chickens in the yard next door and a spa for kids around the corner. Brooklyn is just getting weirder and weirder. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
it's most definitely time to leave Utah. I have started to talk funny and although I am not yet wearing walking shorts, I do roam around town wearing my maternity clothes from last summer and something about that doesn't seem quite right Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona
A few days ago, Alex took the boys off to New York City to see his mother. For the first time ever, I opted out of the trip which means that for the next two weeks, I'll be on my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Johanna Writes Barcelona