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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Applesauce! That really is frightening. So glad everyone is okay after that. I can’t imagine the noise (shudder!)
    Huge hugs!

    1. olganm says:

      Yes, it was really scary… Let’s hope they can get to the end of it without any more mishaps…

  2. Oh it looks crazy!…
    I so love Barcelona. I would read every book if it is about Barcelona. I think that if you were born there your chances of becoming a writer or a poet increase 200%.
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks so much. I was very lucky on that respect. Have a lovely week too! (And look forward to your pictures). Your part of the world (I’ve seen very little of it) is beautiful too.

  3. Something seems to happen on every industrial site. This one is pretty odd though.

    1. olganm says:

      I haven’t spend here as long as my parents, but from their account it seems that they must have changed their mind about what they were doing and done different things… Yes, the setting is not an easy one at best.

  4. And here’s me thinking all this time you were just skiving. Who wouldn’t when Barcelona is the choice. I hope everything goes well from now on and that your parents have really good soundproofing from all the noise.
    xxx Sending Massive Hugs xxx

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks David. When they installed the high speed train (AVE) as it goes by my parents window they offered them triple-glazing and it is now installed. To be honest, the trains aren’t a problem but in the summer with the heat, and my father is against air-conditioning, so gets really hot. And of course, if you open the window… And there’s always the dust…
      Usually Barcelona is pretty quiet in general in August as many people go on holiday (many shops close) and one can park the car in many places for free.
      What they’ve done so far looks good and I’m sure it will be much better once is done but…

    1. olganm says:

      It seems impossible, but hey, a stroke of luck, I guess! They removed everything that night and you wouldn’t have known anything had happened by the next day.

  5. Olga, what a nightmare. Here am I, whinging and whining about the dust, the constant mountain of rubble and never-ending building works and you are having the same thing but with lorries flying through the air! Poor you, I can imagine how it must get to you at times. Fingers, toes, everything crossed that the works finish soon and that harmony and peace are restored to the ‘burb 🙂

    1. olganm says:

      Thanks Lottie. Neither one is very enviable situation. It’s been going on for a while but hopefully it should look good once it’s finished (now they’re installing a lift…). The size of the works make them scarier, that’s for sure.
      I hope yours bring you the beautiful home you deserve. And the space for courses, etc… I’m following your project closely. Good luck!

  6. Olga, this is incredible, there you want to give your parents immediately to another apartment. With more beautiful view than on dirt, construction equipment and concrete walls, and of course without the noise and dust.

    I hope very much that the works are completed quickly!
    Warm greetings from Vera 🙂

    1. olganm says:

      I must say when I lived there as a child, Vera, it was quite entertaining as it was like having Scalextric and a train set going by the window. But since they’ve started the works it’s been a nightmare.
      Thanks for your best wishes. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed! And all the best to you!

  7. just goes to show that you are not safe anywhere!

    1. olganm says:

      Very true! It’s worrying if one things what could have happened.

    1. olganm says:

      I think the guardian angels of everybody working that day must have been very busy…

  8. Sounds like it is an interesting visit Olga but I am sure that your parents are delighted to have you home – I hope the works are completed quickly so that windows can be opened to let in the breeze.. abrazos Sally

    1. olganm says:

      Gracias Sally. As usual with these kinds of works they always seem to go on longer than anticipated but… I’m hoping to have a few days away for a break and more material for the blog!

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