The lighthouse at Formentor, Mallorca

The background shows sidewalk tiles - "rajoles" - that pave the sidewalks throughout Barcelona. They were designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch for the entryway of a home. Since 1915, they have been used by the city to pave sidewalks, and have become emblematic of the city. One of the city's most famous chocolatiers, Enric Rovira, produces chocolate bars in the shape and design of these tiles.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

¡Los Thompson!

Elder and Sister Thompson arrived in Barcelona on Thursday evening after a pleasant 3-hour trip from Madrid on the high speed train.

The Thompsons at Estació Sants in Barcelona

Pointing to their assigned field of labor: Mallorca!

Harvard Avenue neighbors on the ramparts of the castle overlooking Barcelona

In the metro

The Thompsons spent the night in the mission home, then on Friday did the usual orientation - copying their passports, getting them a mobile phone, planners and Area Book, reviewing residency requirements, etc. We then made a trip to Montjuic for views of the mission field, followed by lunch at the mission home with the Hadleys (CES couple) and Lunds (office couple). In the afternoon we took them to El Corte Ingles for a few items - a hair dryer, a hair curler, and a GPS!

Since they are taking a car with them to Mallorca (they will be assigned to the Inca and Manacor branches in the center of the island), we booked them on the overnight ferry to Palma. We had quite an adventure finding the ferry - we knew how to get to the ticket office on the pier to get their tickets, but finding our way around the maze of streets in the port area to get the right dock was a challenge! Fortunately, we had programmed in enough time to allow for some errors, and with the help of Elder Ames we finally got their Opel Corsa (loaded to capacity with suitcases and supplies) to Dock C and the ferry to Palma. We watched as they drove the little Corsa up the ramp into the bowels of the enormous ship, and headed back home.

We expect a stake in Mallorca soon!


  1. Amazing. Truly amazing. These pictures are unbelievable!

  2. What a happy day! It is really too good to be true! They look fantastico!

  3. What perfect pictures! Yale Ward needs to see these pictures of next-door neighbors serving together in Spain. Wow. Who would have thought 16 years ago what would happen!