Barcelona, Spain Day 3 - Cruise 2
Trip Start Jun 12, 2008
48Trip End Aug 25, 2008
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I finished the tour of the architecture and sights circled on my map but then the roads began to look different than the map and I got turned around. By this time the sun was directly overhead so it gave no point of reference and the streets all intersected at diagonals. I walked into a shop that had convenience store type items and bought some lemon creme filled cookies and asked the man for directions but he didn't speak English and gruffly pointed out of his shop, but the direction he was pointing the streets converged so I was still unsure of where to go. I stopped another woman on the street corner and after realizing I wasn't an axe murderer she pointed up the street and said where to go. I speak Spanish, the language of Spain, but in case you aren't aware the people of Barcelona speak Catalán which is a whole different language - similar to spanish but looking like a mixture of French and Italian as well - so communication is slightly tricky. Many speak both languages, but some refuse to speak Spanish so they don't have to deal with the tourists.
I made my way up the block in the direction this woman had pointed and found myself still uncertain which direction I was even heading on my map - and I DO know how to read a map. I saw a man standing by an office/store building who looked friendly and non-axe murderish and approached him with my map in tow. I asked him in Spanish if he could help me and he immediately spoke to me in Spanish as well. Yay. He gave me directions and then we took a minute to chit chat because he had said a few words that I didn't understand and he caught on that I wasn't from Spain
I passed some more animated characters on the way back down Las Ramblas and arrived back at the Christopher Columbus statue and eventually figured out where the shuttle stop was for my ship. There was no sign marking the spot and so even though I knew where I was dropped off I had not clear indication of pick up and 15 minutes later (now with 30 minutes to get to work) hopped on the shuttle.
This itinerary is definitely more frenetic and crazy in port than Alaska or AU/NZ or even Mexico. There is so much to try and cram in to only a couple hours and then try to catch the right transport to be back in time to work - I've been very fortunate thus far for all the kind locals and fellow travelers who have aided me so that I haven't been late.
Saying thanks for all the assistance - keep up the good work helping those of us in need,