Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
89Trip End Sep 04, 2013
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Firas is a sweet guy, his mum Spanish, dad Lebanese. He is very interesting, tells me Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, one of the many regions in Spain and here they speak the local language which is quite different from traditional Spanish. The people of Catalonia are fiercely independent and the majority want to be separate from Spain, their own little country. They already have their own parliment, flag and police force. However if they succeed they will no longer be part of the EU and apparently most big businesses have stated they will move elsewhere which would devistate an already struggling economy. In the 25-35 yr old age bracket 45% unemployement.
Firas works from home,for a football company. Always on the computer. He does airbnb as a side line which I guess pays his rent and he is only 26
Full day sightseeing, all the Gaudi buildings including Guell Park. What an amazing man, shame he died at 74 after being hit by a tram and did not get to see his masterpiece Sagrada Familia completed. Even if he had lived he predicted it would take at least 4 decades to complete the works of his beloved church. When interviewed he said "my client is in no hurry"
This city is increadible, so much to see.
We have new flat mates, a lovely couple from Uragray and their beautiful baby boy Valentino.
We have to move tomorrow to a hotel down near the harbour as Firas booked out and we have decided to stay longer.
09/03/2013: Staying down near the harbour in one of the most amazing streets, resembles an alleyway with the old louver windowed buildings and wrought iron balconies. We are on the 6 th floor, no lift in these old buildings.
Many different nationalities here. The owners are Russian.
We have walked this beautiful city from top to bottom and still seeing amazing things.
We stopped in at a church tonight and the nuns were singing, was absolutely angelic
10.03.2013: Today we visited Monserrat which is about one hour from the city. The monks have built a monestry about 800 mtrs above sea level in the rugged mountains. We caught the train but unfortunately got off at the wrong stop, taking two young Japenese tourists with us. Had to wait another hour for the train - not happy, Jan. The boys were so nice, very little english, all they could say was "no problem". We finally made it to the stop then travelled up the mountain on a cable car. We then walked and climbed around this amazing area for 3 hours only to meet our boys on one of the trails and it was like meeting old friends. they shook our hands enthaustically and said "no problem".
Last walk of the city in the evening, we stopped in a tiny bar next to our appartment. The footy was on and Barcelona was winning. We met Christy and Stewart, a lovely couple from the Channel Islands who were in Barcelona for the weekend to celebrate Stewart´s birthday. We had a fine time with this couple, too many Sangrias and heaps of laughter.
Off to Valencia now.