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.
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.
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.