|I Have a New Address!
||[ Thursday, 27 Jan 05 | 23:34 ]
That’s right, I now have a new address and here it is:
Charles Fisher Barnes
C/ Torrent Umbert, 2 3ª
08320 El Masnou Barcelona
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Spanish postal addresses, here you go...
First, it is customary in Spain to use both your father´s apellido or last name and mother´s maiden name, so for me that´s Fisher Barnes. You can leave off the Barnes if it bothers you.
The “C/” is short for calle or “street”. The name of the street is Torrent Umbert. As you may have guessed, torrent means just that, an intermittent stream. In the past, what is now a street probably became a raging torrent during the area´s infamous summer cloudbursts. Umbert is a first name, the English equivalent is Humbert.
The “2” refers to the building number, in this case the first building on this side of the street. The “3ª” means trecera puerta or third door.
“08320” is the postal code, like the Zip code in the US.
“El Masnou” is the name of the town. It means “the new farm”.
“Barcelona” is the name of the province. Cataluña, the name of the autonomic community is not used.
A Pleasant Surprise
Monday afternoon I went to the real-estate office in El Masnou to find out the exact amounts of the checks that have to be drawn at the bank in order to buy my piso. I was expecting a list of 10 checks and tax and closing costs of around 10%. I was pleasantly surprised that I only need two checks prepared and the extra costs turned out to be 7.4%. This means I won´t have it “sweat it” in furnishing my place.
The staff at the real-estate agency took pity on me and will help set up utilities and city services for me. The only thing I have left to do is to set up phone and Internet connection.
Ola de frío! Cold Wave!
Spain is getting its worst cold wave in 20 years. Much of northern Spain is being blanketed by snow. The TV news shows lots of motorists in trouble just like it would be in the Bay Area if it had snow. Here in Barcelona it’s cold, but no snow. By the time the weather fronts reach here, they are pretty much dried out, at least during winter time.