Girona, Spain — Sunday May 21, 2017

I’m in Gerona, as we commonly spell the city’s name in English, or Girona, as it is spelled in Catalán, which makes this the official spelling.

I only have one photograph to upload today, so I’ll put it up right now. I took it out the front door of the hostel where I’m staying, and it show the street named Carrier dels Ciutadans.

Catalán is the first language in this part of Spain, and Spanish or Castilian, whichever you prefer to call it, is the second language. On the regional train from Barcelona to Girona, as I guess I’ll spell it, most people where chatting away in Catalán, and I didn’t understand a thing. In the streets here, I heard some Spanish but more Catalán, although I was spoken to in Spanish in the first grocery store I visited on my arrival and in English in the second one. I guess I look like a tourist.

I took the train from Logroño to Barcelona using the first-class ticket I had picked up at a promotional price over the internet. There are some real bargains on Spanish trains if one buys a month in advance.

In Barcelona I had to buy a ticket on the regional train in the ticket office, but I also got it at a discount using my Golden Card, which gives special low prices to people over 60 years of age.

There is not much more to tell about today’s journey, so I’ll stop right here.