Barça, you bitch. I miss you already.
Trip Start Sep 16, 2010
20Trip End Oct 05, 2010
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Just a quick word on the graffiti in Munich: It's NEVER just some kids spraying their little gang signs on a wall to mark their territory. You see things like "du bist frei" (you are free) and "we hate, we hope" (in english) that just seem to strike a chord and force you to think about why it was done. Every piece of graffiti stood out there, probably because I only saw four or five lots of it! Perhaps I just think a little deeper about people and why things occur? Germany is the perfect place for this.
As far as meeting people goes, maybe I just have a knack for it, but I think it's pretty simple… so here is how I had a great time in Barcelona.
I started at one bar, ordered a beer & tapas. Ate it and looked around. If no one was speaking English (or German) near me, then up and off to the next tapas bar. Repeat until you get a couple of English speakers - last night they were two of the most quiet American's you'd ever met. I even said "Sorry, I thought you were Canadian, because everyone else says you can hear Americans before you can see them." One of them then looked at the other one and said "See
Again, there was a little trouble during the night but I knew how to fend it off, so consequently, there was no trouble
Once you pick up those basic Barça survival skills, then it's even better. What else do you need on a night out than a pocketful of cash? Worst case scenario is that it's also easier to replace than a wallet full of credit cards or a phone. I just stuck with the basics on the final night and couldn't have had a better night. I have already reassessed the size of my wallet for when I come home, I really don't need all the cards... in fact, I think there will be a few things I change. Doing this on my own has forced me to come up with my own way of doing things that I took for granted. I wonder how my need for independence will change when I get home?The one thing I can't say appeals to me is the thought of backpacking and working in an area for months on end. It's still work. To quote the pommy bartender in the aussie bar "it's not work - i just have to stand up a few hours a day, meet people, and get the drunk" but that's still a regular schedule and constitutes as work for me and I hated every job I've ever had that wasn't challenging. Nothing about scraping by on a bare minimum and being bored all day appeals to me in the slightest! Still, people have a very good way of getting exactly what they want and he just wanted to do not much and have fun doing it. He got it!
Can't wait to go back, especially during that same weekend. It's just incredible.