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Trip Start Jun 09, 2005
36Trip End ??? ??, 2006
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Well, I have been jumping up and down with excitement for weeks about heading to Spain, and is was with much anticpation that we headed off to the airport late Saturday arvo. We had plans to head out on the town that night, knowing Barcelona had a reputation for not sleeping. It was almost 1am in the morning though, when we finally got to our hostel, so decided we would keep it for the next day. Our immedaiate impression was fantastic though. Barcelona is much more spread out and green than London, and immediately felt much more relaxed. People were happy and smiling,although it could also have been that I didnīt need three layers of clothes.
Barcelona is FUN
Ahh, what a day!
WE decided to have a tourist day (well, Lisa did). Started the day by heading through the main food markets and leaving a trail of drool a few kilometres long behind (youīll see what I mean by the photos - where is Johno when you need him?). You wouldnīt belive how fresh all the veggies looked. So nice not to have your veggies vacuum packed, like they are in London. Somebody give Mick a kitchen!
Then headed off to take the Bus Touristico, which seemed like a good idea, rather than trying to figure our buses, trams etc
After finally getting inside, only to discover that the view was better from the outside anyway (the inside is basically a large construction site), and that we would have to line up for another hour and pay another 2 euros to get to the top of the church, where all the best and most surreal artwork is, we took a few half-hearted photos and kept going. In the end, it was worth it, because this is a piece of amazing art that I have always wanted to see, but was let down by just too many people. Aaaahhh, deep breaths! I hate being a tourist!
The next must see was Parque Guelle, which Guadi was hired to make into a housing estate but that was never finished. Again, extremely frustrating as there were too many people to actually see the art work as people were swarmed all around it, trying to get the obligatory photo. I wander if they even looked at the art, or just took photos to check it off their list? The bits I saw of it, were very beautiful, and the park is high up on the hills overlooking Barcelona and the ocean, so was great. Just too many tourists! I think you need to get up VERY early to see at itīs best.
At this point, it started raining, so decided to cut our losses and go shopping instead
Spent the evening Tapasing and bar crawling, once we figured out how to order. The pointing at whatever looks the most mouth watering technique seems to work pretty well. Gave the Sangria a miss tonight though, as the thought of it was enough to send my stomach into large knots. Why do I do these things to myself? Another plate of pimientos and all was good with the world again.
Barcelona is an amazing and completely crazy, and so far, I think, our favourite city for fun and good times.My favourite thing was the all the public modern art that was scattered over the city. Incredible! After being hit 20 Euros for a plate of capsicums and two beers however, decided it might be time to move on.