Today, December 29, is the birthday of Ana M. Briongos
who was born in in Barcelona
in 1946. It was our great fortune to meet her and her husband Toni Alsina sixty years later in Barcelona
, in 2006, at a party given for her in a beautiful old dance hall from the 1800’s called La Paloma
The meeting had been totally forgotten by all of us until one fateful night four and a half years later in Berkeley
) when we had dinner at a friends house and Ana happened to be there. Toni was not but later recognized Tom and me in a photo Ana took of us during the dinner. Talk about a fantastic memory! Thanks, Toni! We’ve all been friends ever since.
She is the author of Winter in Kandahar: Life in Afghanistan Before the Taliban
, which won the 2009 Annual Latino Book Award
for best travel book. And her book Black on black: Iran revisited
, was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award
in 2001 (link below
Both Winter in Kandahar and Black on black are fascinating and educating reading about the culture and customs in Iran.
In 2009, she won the Gourmand Award 2009 in two categories for the book Iran, receptes i costums gastronómics
, written in Catalan
, with Quico Alsina as co-author.
In October, 2020 she was the presenter of the program ‘Va passar aquí’ on the History and curiosities of the city of Barcelona
, a television channel Betevé on ‘La casa dels hippies, un edificio singular’ built in Barcelona in 1970 by the architects Lluís Clotet
and Òscar Tusquets
, now inhabited by artists and liberal people who made the building a symbol of Barcelona’s counterculture.