Tapas in Barca

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Somehow I always end up in Barcelona. Twice before I went to Spain. The first time with a bunch of friends while I was still a teenager. We went for the beach and beer at the Costa Brava and we took a day trip to nearby Barcelona. Then, a few years later, I went on a trip with two friends to Barcelona. I hadn't travelled much back then. And now, a friend of mine spotted a cheap ticket to Girona and we decided to go. And Girona is a short bus trip away from Barcelona. So, this is going to be the third time in Spain, and the third time in Barcelona. I can't seem to get away from it.

At the last possible moment we changed our plans.

Bus Station North
Instead of spending all nights in Girona, we would travel right from Girona airport to Barcelona and spend the first night there. It is very easy to travel to Barcelona from Girona Airport because most travellers use the airport as a cheap means to go to Barcelona. Girona Airport is a Ryanair hub and is growing year after year. The journey to Barcelona takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

We arrived quite late in the afternoon, but because the Spanish dine very late (10 o clock or so) we still had half a day and we were to meet another friend as well who happened to work for a short while in the vicinity of Barcelona. I was ready for an evening of drinking beer and eating tapas. The delicious Spanish food was almost the sole goal for my friend.

Despite my earlier visits as a teenager, I had seen only little of Barcelona.
At Placa Reial. In the evening there are sometimes acrobats, until the police chases them away.
On our walk from the Bus Station to the hostel I saw a lot of new places. We entered the old city from the north and walked underneath the Arc de Triomf, which I hadn't seen before. It was a very symbolic start of my trip.

I didn't really do much in the sense of seeing famous buildings that evening. It was great to take a stroll through the old city centre and see the small, high streets with balconies and walk under the plants and laundry. La Rambla, the main street of Barcelona, is always a great place to be. It's a place to see and to be seen. Down the promenade there are street artists, musicians and living statues. It is also an open air market where you can buy your newspapers, flowers or little tweeting parakeets.

Barcelona was quite different from what I remembered; but I suspect this says more about me than about Barcelona. You can never visit the same city twice, because the second time it is not the same city, and you are not the same person. As a teenager I thought Barca was enormous and loud and crowded and filthy, but it is really not that bad. I have seen so much worse on other continents by now. There are a lot of trees in Barcelona, the sidewalks are broad and clear, there are not many homeless people hanging around and no cats and dogs. All in all, Barcelona is a beautiful and very livable city. Tomorrow it is time for my old favorites, the main sights of the city.

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La Rambla
La Rambla
Bus Station North
Bus Station North
At Placa Reial. In the evening the…
At Placa Reial. In the evening th…
Arc de Triomf
Arc de Triomf
Arc de Triomf
Arc de Triomf
Passeig de Lluis Companys
Passeig de Lluis Companys
Arc de Triomf
Arc de Triomf
A museum of zoology
A museum of zoology
Streets of Barcelona.
Streets of Barcelona.
Streets of Barcelona. Narrow eh?
Streets of Barcelona. Narrow eh?
Streets of Barcelona.
Streets of Barcelona.
Placa the Catalunya. The ganglion …
Placa the Catalunya. The ganglion…
At the market.
At the market.
The Ramblas
The Ramblas
At Placa Reial.
At Placa Reial.
At Placa Reial.
At Placa Reial.
Streets of Barcelona.
Streets of Barcelona.
Streets of Barcelona.
Streets of Barcelona.
Cathedral of Barcelona getting a r…
Cathedral of Barcelona getting a …
La Rambla at night.
La Rambla at night.
85 km (53 miles) traveled
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