Does this city sleep?

Barcelona Travel Blog

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Gaudi's church.

So another 7-8 hour bus ride later we're in Barcelona late at night, trying to find our way to our hotel in the center of town. Fortunately people never sleep there so there were at least some people out in the streets, but it was still a bit creepy. Some laundry, some eating, some sleeping, there went the days. We met up with a friend from Vancouver for dinner as she was in town for an interview, it was pretty nice to see a familiar face after just a few weeks away from home. It was pretty easy to spend our time there, strolling down Las Ramblas with the hordes of tourists or weaving our way through the older Gothic Quarter. One night there was some big win for Barcelona's soccer team, we could hear the mobs screaming and cheering from our hotel.

Anticipating a riot we went out to check it out and found the rowdiest street party we've ever seen, with a stage and live satellite feed and thronging crowds at Placa de Catalunya, the central plaza, along with less “official” parties in the other main boulevards with people climbing light poles, lighting fireworks and flares into the crowd and more screaming. We left before it got too crazy, and also because we were supposed to wake up in a few hours (3am?) to catch our el-cheapo Ryanair plane to take us to Porto, in Portugal. Of course we woke up late, missed the shuttle bus, and ended up taking a $200CAN taxi ride to catch up to the plane. Lesson learned...

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Gaudis church.
Gaudi's church.
Dinner, last night in Barcelona
Dinner, last night in Barcelona
Soccer hooligan warming up a few h…
Soccer hooligan warming up a few …
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