The year of the tea candles, hearing my woeful tale, my long-lost and recently-found friend Irene was kind enough to send me a box of candles so that the next year I didn’t have to go shopping. But a box only lasts one year so I was ready for another shopping expedition this year. And off I went.
There is no searching involved in buying Chanuka candles in
. Only one place has them. So many years after the Expulsion, not many Jews have returned to Barcelona , and the kosher shop that operates across the street from the main synagogue is the one and only source. Spain
In order to buy my candles, I take the train to
– a two-hour ride each way, €12.20 round trip. From the train station I walk to the shop, about a half-hour walk. It is possible that I could take some other form of public transportation, but the shop is located a bit out of the way and I haven’t made a study of it. Anyway, I love walking in Barcelona . Each time I head off in the right direction, never exactly sure just where to turn, but somehow I always get there with no great mishap, although my route isn’t always exactly the same. Barcelona
I am very happy to say that this year, I did find candles at the shop. At €4.50, they were a lot cheaper than what it cost me to get there. But they’re worth it.