Back when I was studying Spanish at a language school in Barcelona, I had 5 hours of classes 5 days a week. One of these 5 hours a day were ”cultural studies”, where we learned about the artists, art and architecture of Barcelona.
One of the things our teacher told us about, was the sculpture of a turtle, designed by Domenech and Muntaner in 1905, and located close to the Catedral de Barcelona. The myth said that rubbing it increased fertility... So depending on what were your wishes, she warned us to keep it in mind when visiting the turtle! I tried to find it back then (as it was our homework for the day), but I was so new to the city and in the end I couldn’t make much sense of her instructions.
Some other day however, months later, randomly walking around there behind the Cathedral I came upon it by chance, or at least so I think. It is small, and not so easy to spot if you don’t know what you are looking for.
The turtle is actually part of an old mailbox at the Casa del l'Ardiaca-building from 1512.
I googled it to find out more, but there isn’t a whole lot of information to be found. At one site I learned that the turtle and the swallows are to symbolize the designers opinion of the postal service at that time: Supposedly quick as a bird but actually as slow as a turtle. Someone else says it brings luck to rub it.
Either I still haven’t found the correct turtle, or our teacher was simply pulling our legs. Which gets me into thinking about expressions again. In Norwegian this one makes no sense at all. In Spanish neither I think. But there is a similar expression in Spanish which would be pulling our hair, which again doesn’t make any sense in Norwegian and I believe neither in English? I love how expressions can be completely confusing when they make absolutely no sense in other languages! Oh well, enough rambling from me for today! Have a lovely week everyone!