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Barcelona Bacchanal

Great times in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities. We've gotten lost in the wynds and alleys of the old city a couple of times, but what does it matters? Ther are great tapas, beer, and sangria any way you turn. And I am getting recognized everywhere, which is cool and scary both. My hat's off to the three girls who rescued Jo and me when we were hopelessly turned around in the Ramblas a couple of nights ago.

Still, starting to miss home. Two more days. I love tapas, but I need green chile.



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Jul. 29th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
We were yesterday on the CCCB at the presentation and it was amazing. Thanks George! Come back any time! While in Barcelona you should visit the Sagrada Familia, you are gonna love it!
Jul. 29th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hi! Next time You came to Madrid You are invited to eat at my home!!! My wife cooks like the angels !!! I swear You don't miss green chile ;) Thanks for COMING .... In summer !!! ;)

Edited at 2012-07-29 06:31 pm (UTC)
Jul. 29th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds Awesome
I'm glad you are having so much fun. These places sound amazing, I hope I get to see them one day. Until then I'll just keep living vicariously through you!
Jul. 29th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Hello Sir, this may be quite irrelevant to the current post but I just got my copies of Daniel Abraham's first two Dagger and the Coin books that you enjoyed reading so much a while ago. Thank you for the wonderful book review you posted on LJ and which prompted me to get those books. <3

One of your self-proclaimed geek girls - all the way from Malaysia. Hope to see you around this side of Asia sometime soon. :)
Dardo Irene Guerrero
Jul. 29th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
A big pleasure to share some time and words with you last night. Take good care of Balerion and please come back soon. Have a safe journey home!!
Thanks a lot!
Jul. 30th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Sounds good but I reckon you should make Oxford your next European city break. Tolkien liked it : )
Jul. 30th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
My husband and I were just in Barcelona last month for our honeymoon. One of our favorite cities, definitely. We saw copies of your books translated into Catalan everywhere we went and were psyched to see how far you've come. Make sure to have bread with tomato, ham croquettes, and tortilla española, if you haven't yet!
Josemi de Alonso
Jul. 30th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Really glad you spent a so good time in Barcelona
And I agree, Barcelona and London, the best place in the world to get lost. I hope you taste some Riojas Wines there... you will say it taste like what westeros wines?

Come back anytime!
Jul. 30th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
I picked up a DVD of "The Outer Limits" last week, and was totally blown away to see 'The Sand Kings' was written by you! :)
Aug. 1st, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
I wrote the story. Melinda Snodgrass wrote the teleplay for THE OUTER LIMITS.
Nan Chen
Jul. 30th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
Hope u had fun
The Winds of WINTER!!! George, please write and tell us about some more history and flashbacks in the winds of winter.Hope u had fun
Sren Aske Hjorth
Jul. 30th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
Barcelona is a city of many wonders
I can understand why you love that city. There is just history oozing up in all the little alleys.
Though, in my experience, you gotta be careful around the Ramblas. Lots of sneaky people around, both con-artists and pickpockets.
Victor Baldovi Yuste
Jul. 30th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
In Barcelona
I was attending your CCCB presentation two days ago and was very inspiring for me (someday I will finish my first novel). Thank you for your writing tips and congratulations for your work!
When will you leave Barcelona? Is there any other talk or presentation? My "Game of thrones" book needs a singature from you! :)
Anyway, thanks for the visit and congratulations for all your work!!
Silvia Prez
Jul. 30th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
One of the three girls!
I can't believe you're writing about that "incident"! I'm one of those three girls that "rescue" you both, but it was really nothing!. I'm really happy that I had the possibility to meet you, and I'm so grateful to you and Jo for being so kindly to us. Gracias!!

Edited at 2012-07-30 10:54 pm (UTC)
Aug. 13th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: One of the three girls!
I'm the one who should be saying "gracias." If not for you three, Jo and I might still be wandering through the old city, endlessly searching for the cathedral...
Jul. 30th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Green chile
If it's any consolation, I spent part of my weekend shoveling down a tamale plate at Tortilla Flats which had so much green chile on it I got a personally-delivered handwritten thank you note from the mayor of Hatch.
Jul. 30th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Fantastic City
Mr. Martin's comment about getting lost in the winding streets sent me back to my time in Barcelona.

I spent a week there about 13 years ago (wow... it can't be that long ago, can it?). I was a student studying abroad in Europe.

It was the same then. No matter where you turned there was a cafe that served terrific tapas, great beer and sangria so good you will drink it by the pitcher. I'm glad all that still seems to hold true.

A beautiful city and so much fun to explore. If any of you get a chance to visit I suggest you jump at the opportunity. And try the chorizo!
Savage Rose
Jul. 30th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
We enjoyed A LOT your interview at CCCB, (and I was so lucky to can give you our "roleplayer's present"); so thanks for your time and patience... and for the copper penny! :D

Edited at 2012-07-30 09:58 pm (UTC)
Mathieu Thielemans
Jul. 31st, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Have fun in Spain, Mr. Martin, Barcelona is THE greatest city in Europe. Can't think of a place I've had more fun and felt more at ease.
I guess it's why I like reading about Dorne.
Montse de Frutos
Jul. 31st, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Barcelona Orujo Cream
I'm glad You enjoyed my city, I love it more and more as I travel around. But Home is always the special place, is'nt it?

I'm The girl who was dressed as Melisandre, I hope you enjoyed the bottle of 3 Liters of orujo!! It's a typical drink from Galicia (Westeros of Spain) and it's very good for digestion you should take a shot after lunch :)

This morning you met one of my friends at te airport(the girl who worked at the airport and asked you for a signature) She usually dresses as Daenerys but she wasn't abale to come to the meeting on Saturday, I'm glad that at least she menaged to see you by pure chance!!! XDDDDDDDDD

I hope you will come back soon to Barcelona, and next time I'll take you to one of the best restaurant I've ever triend In my hole life :)

Kisses from Spain!!

The night is dark and full of terrors.
Kristian Lesj
Jul. 31st, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your trip.
I imagine Spain would be a suiting place for inspiration for any upcoming Dorne chapters.
James Winter
Aug. 1st, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Barcelona and Reeds
Hope you're both enjoying Barcelona to the fullest, it's a beautiful city and I can greatly recommend the restaurant Can Paixano (Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7) with amazing cheap and delicious food all served with champagne, if you're still in town. Might be heading to Barcelona in a few days, seems I'll miss running in to you on the streets though which is a shame.

Now for some annoying fan-pandering, but mild such since I understand you hate fans constantly nagging you with suggestions and requests. I just want to express my hopes that you might add the house words of House Reed in one of the future books. Those little details are just what makes this Epic so epic, and the Reeds are one of my favourite houses. Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in Spain!
Julian Lord
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
I see you being blown hither and yon by the Sou'westers of Summer, rather than dourly following the straight courses directed by the Winds of Winter.

Stannis wept.

Yeah Barça is amazing, though the tapas these days are actually more authentic and honest in Perpignan, in French Catalonia :-)
Aug. 1st, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Green chile = good. chile con queso verde = sublime.
Aug. 1st, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Queso and I have an uneasy alliance; but, after a Zantac or four, I'm good to go. Sounds like Spain was great fun, looking forward to reading the interviews.
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:47 am (UTC)
Have fun in Barcelona! Lucky you, The Ramblas is so lovely and the city is amazing!! I'm in seaside town of Sweden right now and thinking of you, Westeros (& Skyrim). I'm hoping to find out you & Tyrion may be hosting or attending something, anything back home in NY soon.
I love the people who dress up!!
Wishing you safe and happy travels dear Ser Martin!
Charlie Ballard
Aug. 4th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Dammit man.
Too funny. Just moved away from Barcelona and miss it so much, thanks for rubbing it in. Lived in the heart of Gracia (the old city) for two years and spent my first four months there devouring ASOIF in an old bar just off of Plaza de Gran Vila de Gracia. Amusing that I'm indebted to you for those good memories while you're the one now walking around there.
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