I just bought a fish.
Not a special exotic fish. Not even an unusual fish.
Technically it’s not even a fish, but rather a piece of fresh tuna.
I can only imagine what you are thinking.
“What’s the big deal?”
“Why are you wasting our time telling us about a fish?”
It’s more about the process.
We have been here in Spain for about 2 days. Just long enough for me to be sure those two years of Spanish I took in high school, (35 years ago) are not enough to carry on a conversation.
However, conversation is what I need in order to buy a fish.
We were told the fishing boats come in around 4.30 and you can buy fish straight from the dock. So that’s where we headed. First we had to pass the sign in Catalan, which I can’t read at all, but I believe said no admittance for anyone not working on one of the boats. Then we walked down the pier to see some activity, but no one selling fish.
A bit of investigation and we discovered that you do buy direct, but each boat has a counter in a large warehouse. Most of the fish were whole, and labeled in Catalan. Actually, most of the day’s catch never makes it to this room as it goes to auction for the restaurants and stores, but we didn’t see this activity. It is initially sorted here:
We walked around the room twice, trying to figure out what type of fish we are looking at, and what is the process for purchase. I am fairly sure they will clean and gut a fish, but I didn’t have a clue how to ask for this. Very few people here speak any English.
In the end we chose a large tuna steak which was already cleaned and ready to cook. Don’t they look great (upper right hand corner of this photo.
In the end I got a fish, we cooked it up and it was delicious. We had it alongside veggies we picked up at the fresh fruit and vegetable market in the morning and a loaf of fresh bread from the bakery. We are eating at home and eating well since we have been here in Spain.
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