Like most modern European cities, Barcelona is very lively. To fully explore it you would need to spend a while there; however, I only had a day. Just like a typical tourist, I carried my bulky Nikon SLR and a backpack. Even though the Nikon is not very comfortable to carry around all day it took great pictures and added something to the experience.
Located only two and a half hours from the school, Barcelona was a day trip. We left early in the morning and came back late at night. While there, we visited the Sagrada Familia, which is a very famous church that has been under construction since the late 1800’s . People often ponder why the church has been under construction for so long. We didn’t go inside because there was a 2 hours line but the detailed exterior was enough of an explanation. The architecture tells the story of the bible; it consists of animals, people, and designs all engraved into the very precious structure. The other problem that faces this church is the funding. No government or official church source has chipped in so all of the money is from private parties. It wouldn’t surprise me if the church is under construction for another 10 or 20 years. We continued to meanderer through the streets and ended up on La Rambla which is the main street where everything is located. From upscale shops, to street venders and gelato stands, to street entertainers, La Rambla is the center of Barcelona.
Half way down the avenue there is a market called La Boqueria. It is essentially a daily farmers market but it attracts large crowds and has a lot more to offer. There are multiple butchers, seafood purveyors, fruit and vegetable vendors, and nut/ chocolate sellers. There are also great deals on liquor and wine and the sellers are knowledgeable on the wine flavors regions from which the wines come. The other great thing about Spain is they don’t have all of the annoying taxes that the French government imposes so everything is cheap. I bought 40 dates for 1.5 euros, half a K.G of almonds and cashews for 10 euros, 2 chocolate truffles for a euro, and 10 fantastic bananas for 2 euros. The variety of produce is endless and all of the vendors are very friendly.
We will probably get back to Barcelona at some point in the next two months and I will have more to share. Until then, I enjoyed the time I spent there and I definitely recommend you visit at some point.