Basquing in Barcelona*
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I have spent the past few days in Barcelona doing all the touristy things; visiting the Sagrada Familia, walking in the footsteps of Gaudi, listening to Spanish guitar, people watching on La Rambla, eating tapas and going to the local supermarket to collect treats for the evening. It has been a welcome break from the traveling. I’ve felt like I’ve been on holiday.
When you arrive in Barcelona you can take a taxi or the airport bus (€ 5.
However, after an hour on the bus the feeling had passed and it was soon to be replaced with sheer joy. For months I have been traveling around places that are dangerous, not because of any political or religious turmoil, but because of the water.
For me, one of the highlights of Barcelona was the Sagrada Familia. I know that when I first saw it, I thought like many others; ‘What a complete shambles. When are they ever going to finish this? It makes no sense whatsoever.
Completion of the Sagrada Familia is scheduled for 2026 (even though I get the impression it won’t be finished then because of all the scaffolding both in and outside the cathedral). Each piece of sculpture has a purpose; the Nativity Façade, found on the northeast of the building to face the rising sun and therefore represents the birth of Jesus; the Passion Façade is in the direction of the setting sun to reflect the death of Jesus.
One of the highlights of visiting this, yet to be completed Basilica, was taking the lift up to the top of one of the spires. For € 2.50 you can walk around the spires slowly weaving yourself around to the bottom. Some fantastic views can be enjoyed, but make sure you don’t suffer from vertigo. It is quite a height above the ground and with the narrow stairwells, and limited signage, I was often left wondering how I was ever going to get out.
Time in Barcelona would not be complete without a visit to the Gothic Quarter. This part of the city received its name from the Romans and remnants of their time here can still be seen in the walls, which surrounded this part of the town centuries ago.
The cathedral itself is a very peaceful place and if you arrive at the right time of the day you can save the €5 entry fee. But in saying this if I had needed to pay, upon reflection I would not have minded as it is a beautifully preserved, still used, peaceful place.
One exciting thing that I have neglected to mention until now is that I was interviewed regarding my views on bull fighting.
So the days have been filled with music, sitting under the trees in Guell Park, listening to talented artists who have yet to be discovered, drinking sangria on the hot days, and walking. Lots and lots of walking, but that is what you do when you’re on holiday … and I have a lot of time with no firm plans. Furthermore since that I am in the land of Gaudi, I think it only fitting that I alter his famous quote of “But man does not create … he discovers” to fit in more with my experiences here in Barcelona … “[Wo]Man does not just walk … [s]he discovers”.
Hasta luego from Barcelona