As an aficionada de Barcelona - for us aficionados, Barça - I could not resist an invitation to give a keynote lecture and further involve myself in an intensive seminar, organised by CIDOB, the United Nations University. The seminar is for PhD training. It is both international in terms of participants, and internationalising in its mission: to break open the confinements of narrow Western thought. Since both forms of opening and widening interest me greatly, I accepted to go, in spite of a somewhat over-the-top schedule. Moreover, the director of the arts centre Arts Santa Mònica had offered me a screening when I spoke in the Centre a while ago. So, this will be a packed but rewarding journey. In the current rainy season, it will invoke memories of last Summer’s vacation there - sunny, as below.