And also bonsai! The activities we planned for Sunday 26 were part of one of the routes organized by Tourism of Terres de l'Ebre, in the framework of #TBMCatSur.
The first stop was at Mistral Bonsai and I thought it would be a boring visit, because I am not at all interested in these miniature trees. Luckily, we found more than just a huge bonsai shop. It not only has about 400,000 bonsai on offer, but also a very large exhibition with specimens up to 185 years of age (!) And organizes workshops of all levels to learn to take better care of the details of this hobby. To participate for free in one of them you just have to call in advance.
Mistral bonsai have a very good reputation and not for nothing It is the most important bonsai shop in Europe. After the visit to the facilities, they gave us a small class on how to prune and transplant a specimen of ficus, and it was a very intelligent maneuver, because it was there that we who had no interest in this hobby began to understand what the theme.
After all, for you to like something you must first understand it. It was fun and we kept joking that we were taking care of the tree. Therefore, when it was time to leave, it was more difficult for one to leave the ficus behind, but then the employees announced that we could keep the ficus or a bonsai apple tree and we were very happy.
Then we went to practice the main activity of the day: a kayak ride along a stretch of the Ebro with Riu a l'Ebre. There was some tension in the environment while we put on life jackets, because nobody wanted to be the typical one who falls into the water. But we rode in pairs in the kayaks and in the end nobody was soaked.
We were paddling downstream, with the rower behind correcting the course as we had been taught, and everything was like silk. Well, okay, some of us bump into other kayaks slightly, but overall it was very good. It is a great feeling to go paddling with your partner along the river and, with the sunny day, we really enjoyed it. When we finished, we were having a drink with people from Mistral Bonsai and Riu a l'Ebre, the kayaking company, and they told us that companies are lately getting together to help each other. As a result of this collaboration, if on Sunday you want to go on a kayak trip on the river, you can complete the day with an additional activity such as a visit to Mistral Bonsai and learn new things. Two in one, and at a very affordable price, with which everyone wins.
At noon we went to eat at Chiringuito Ja! where we ate mussels and oysters raised by them, prawns and a rice with sepia that was to suck your fingers. As we were in the delta and we had not brought mosquitoes, my ankles were riddled with me, but it was worth it.