I was in Barcelona, Spain, for the eighteenth annual International Laser Physics Workshop (LPHYS'09) which was held from July 13 to July 17, 2009, in the World Trade Center Barcelona by the Institute of Photonic Sciences (Catalan: Institut de Ciències Fotòniques) - ICFO. I have to say it's an impressive city, but it's Big and Busy, and didn't really meet all the hype about how great it is for me. Sure, it's good, but not great really. I enjoyed the historic area as well as Las Ramblas in times I had free. The port area in Barcelona is quite nice too and very picturesque. Montjuic is one of the hills overlooking the city that offers a splendid respite from the Big and Busy ways and has some nice views of the port and the city below too, and something I really enjoyed.
We had a conference dinner there one evening which was quite nice. Of course, I made a venture see Sagrada Familia too, and the crowds and cranes left me less than pleased. Impressive building, but I just had a bad vibe from being there. I don't like crowds, machines and scaffolds interfering with my experience. Sorry to say Barcelona just seemed like constant distraction in people & noise for me. Aside from that I found my stay in Barcelona satisfactory. There are moments in my life of travel where I stop dead in my tracks, look around, and take stock of where I am. Barcelona just fell short too many times for me, not just in expectations, but in realization too. I just didn't enjoy it that much and actually became annoyed with it after a time. It's certainly worth visiting, but it was a bit of a dissapointment to me. I never judge a place, just like I never judge people, so I am always open to different perspectives. For my time there I just didn't see the attraction for this place.
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