The reunion in Barcelona
Trip Start Mar 17, 2010
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First off, getting to Barcelona was a marathon. I left Cadiz on the 12:00pm bus for Granada where I would catch the overnight train to Barcelona from. I was excited about going to Granada because I had heard wonderful things and was really disappointed I wasn't going to get to spend more time there
Arriving on the train I looked intently for my bed where I would be spending the overnight journey, only to find that I had been confused when booking the ticket online on the Spanish website and booked myself a seat for the evening! Thankfully it was part of a four and there was only me and a lovely, old, fat Spanish man sitting there. He kept insisting that I stretch out and put my feet on the seat and even offered me a sandwich for which in return I supported him while he walked to the bathroom, I mean this guy could hardly walk
In Barcelona I had my bags padlocked and was ready for anything but arriving in La Rambla, the main tourist boulevard, all I saw were tourists, most with their camera’s around their neck, a lot talking on their iPhone’s and even some walking around with money in their hand. I felt a little more self-assured. Our apartment was in a very old building that seemed to be part of an old church, it was very easy on the eye. Killing time until Millie arrived that night I wandered the city and went for a run down to the beach in the afternoon which was much nicer than I had expected. That night Millie was exhausted from her two days of travel so we had an early night.
The next few days we spent wandering all the different areas of the city, focusing on one neighbourhood each day. We had dinner down by the beach one night where Gabriel had recommended ‘the best Paella in Barcelona’ and spent the other nights perusing the bars around our area and El Raval. We did a day trip out to Montserrat which, whilst beautiful, I wouldn’t recommend if you don’t have a heap of time. We also visted Guell Park, or Gaudi’s Wonderland. That I would definitely recommend. Gaudi’s architecture dominates the city and after visiting Guell Park you really notice all the little things he has contributed, most obviously La Sagrada Familia, which is yet to be completed after construction begain in 1882! Guell Park gives you a fantastic view over the city and showcases the eclectic mix of Barcelona’s population, from gypsie’s selling jewellery to musicians, to jogger’s to people walking their dog’s.
Barcelona is alternative, yes; mad-capped, yes; dangerous, not if you have your wits about you. Next stop Marseille.