Aquino!! Success. I finally found some pencils in Barcelona. Models which I haven’t found back home. Despite my attempts to look far and wide, the best haul was right around the corner from our house in Gracia at Art Hilgard.
My first impression in Spain is that art supply stores are going to be the best bet for pencils (although I did also find some behind the counter at La Vanguardia, and purchased them once I became confident enough in my spanish to ask). Papelerias would seem like a natural location for them but the pickins tend to be slim. Of course, I’ll keep searching and hope to strike another jackpot.