Just another traveling twenty-something with a blog.
Brr!! It’s just starting to get chilly outside. I have been so spoiled with the temperature staying well in the 80s in October and slowly cooling down through November, but now, on day 4 of December we are at a chilling 50 degrees. I am ready to break out my scarf collection, obviously, even though I only brought five of them and haven’t bought one since I’ve been in BCN. Ahhhhh, scarves.
The past three weeks are a bit of a blur. My roommate Eric had his brother and girlfriend visiting and we took in all of Barcelona while they were here. This meant little to no sleep and loads of alcohol consumption! We hung around at our local bar, La Whiskeria, we hiked Montjuïc, made up a boardgame, biked through the gothic quarter and ate loads of empanadas. It was so fun having them around and showing them the city. I can’t wait to have more people visit and explore more!
This seems like a fine place to document our game, Dingus Mingus. The name originates from the bar we visited one quaint Saturday night just a few weeks ago. We were searching for some IPA beers, as Brandon, a fellow English teacher also visiting us for the weekend, had a strong craving for some. Ronnie, an Italian transplant in Spain, who owns a bike shop/restaurant combo recommended we go to Mingus. Upon arriving at Mingus and Brandon feeling satisfied with his hoppy beer (which I sipped and hated), we discovered a lonesome boardgame in the corner of the bar. There was no box, no instructions, no dice, no score sheets. To alleviate this disparity someone downloaded a dice app on their phone (because, duh, it’s 2014 and dice and flashlights will be extinct before we know it) and we each took out some coins to use as markers. The board features quite random pictures on it and after some careful consideration we decided that Dingus Mingus should be a charade-board game combo. And so it was.
Rule 1: Roll the dice. Move your money. Act out whatever photo you land on.
Rule 2: The remaining players who are not acting out aforementioned photo must vote whether your representation of the photo was good.
Rule 3: If you do not succeed, you must move your piece back three spaces.
Rule 4: The official Dingus Mingus board has too many duck places. After each player has acted out a duck once, the players who did not land on a duck place must choose something for the duck player to act out. Examples of this include the color blue and Topanga from Boy Meets World.
Rule 5: Whoever arrives at the center of the board first wins.
Goodluck future Dingus Mingus players. The ducks are in your pond.