Barcelona, and an announcement.

Warning: self-indulgent personal post ahead, almost nothing to do with kayaking…

Two months into 2010 and my Dad passed away; a few weeks later I lost my job. On the surface, not the greatest start to a year that I had already ear-marked as The Year of Great Change. Being single and with my 40th birthday looming large on the April horizon, it was time to take myself to the mountain, as it were, and have an aul think for myself. I resolved not to look for a new job until the end of the summer (hooray for redundancy money!) for fear of just rolling along into the next unsatisfying chapter. It was time to set aside the Manana Manana motto for a while and make some solid choices.

Moving on

So over the course of the spring and summer, lots happened – some great kayaking trips, a fantastic hiking week in Corsica, my sister got married, myself and Bex started going out, but mainly I was ruminating on what to do next with my life. In the end I decided that my long-postponed idea of moving away from Ireland had to happen this year or likely it never would happen. I fixed my sights on Barcelona or Grenoble, the latter for its proximity to the alps and its, you know, Frenchness. Barcelona was always the more likely outcome, given that it’s been on the top of my list of livable cities since I first backpacked through there 10 years ago. Every city I’ve been to since has been measured against Barcelona and found wanting. In September I started applying for jobs in Barcelona and by mid-November I was at a desk with this view out the window over Passeig de Gracia:

Passeig de Gracia

Bex, being the amazing girl that she is, announced that she would follow me out in a while. 2010 was drawing nicely to a close; I even managed to leave Ireland before the Nordic winter kicked in. I was pretty happy with the way things were starting out, for the first time in years I had laid out a plan, and carried it through. Then, the cosmos decided to have a bit of laugh at my self-congratulatory smugness. You can see where this is going, right? Oh, yeah. My plan for moving to Barcelona and changing my life was about to be taken in a direction I had not contemplated.

Bex goes to Tipidabo

I’m here two months, Bex gets here in about two weeks, and a little baby that we’re making will get here in July. 2011 is going to be so far above and beyond what I had hoped. That’s all I’m going to say for now, for fear of getting all incoherent and soppy.

I love you Bex, thanks for taking this big leap with me.

To celebrate, you should click on this link and listen to the Animal Collective song that’s been in my head for almost two months now:

Animal Collective – Baby Day

I’m off to Camp Nou to watch Barcelona, and put the kid on the waiting list for the youth academy. Watch out for a little Hiberno-Catalan kid on the left-wing about, say, 2030. Woo!

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19 Responses to “Barcelona, and an announcement.”

  1. Ah, WOW. Congratulations to you both. Change happens in the most unusual ways but it’s pretty wonderful to hear how that bad start to 2010 transformed in such a way. Best of luck, here’s to the new arrival 🙂

  2. Eileen murray Says:

    Oh my god that’s fantastic news I’m so so thrilled for you. 2011 is sure going to be your year. Wool woop

  3. That’s great news guys. Delighted for the two of you.

  4. The beginning of a great adventure!

  5. Congrats to you both lovely brilliant news.

  6. scorchio news, well done, congrats and the very best of luck.

  7. Benny Cullen Says:

    That is super news Jim! Congratulations to you both! With parents like you guys that kid is going to be amazing, can’t wait to meet the little fella/lady! 2011 is going to be the best year ever! Congratulations once again.

  8. Eil sent me the link.. so delighted for you.

    I’m off to live in Melbourne in Feb.. not quite up to your lifechanging standards but I’m doing bit.

    cyber hugs Jen.

  9. Congrats to you both, such an exciting year ahead of you. Enjoy it all! xx

  10. Delighted for you both! Bex rang me today to tell me the good news and directed me here! Lovely post Jim! Chuffed for ye! 🙂

  11. Thanks everyone for the thoughts, especially Mr. Oglesby, looking forward to seeing you out here to visit your newest grandchild.

    It’s going to be a mad adventure.

  12. Congrats to the two of you, hopefully all of your previous adventures will help with this one.

  13. Congrats again Jim and Becks! Hope to see you on the water before you start buying nappies.

  14. Congratulations to you both guys. Awesome website and amazing pictures 🙂

  15. Daithí Says:

    Congrats to ye both.
    Its now March and there has been no word from you since Jan 16th.
    I’m worried that mankind may not survive without your erudite tenets of wisdom to guide our daily struggles!

  16. Well done Jim. Wishing the three of you the very best.

  17. Miss Purple Says:

    When does the baby blog start?? 🙂

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