I Want To Go To Barcelona!

20.March 2012

Our Journey

Oh! Could we go to Barcelona? Pleeezzeee!!

It’s been on ‘the list’ for a while. I think it would be the perfect playground with its Gaudi architecture, tapas culture and public art and it would be a great chance for us to work on our (very) rusty Spanish.

And that’s exactly how we would spend our time…

gaudi architecture in barcelona

Photo Credit: 3dom

Exploring the Gaudi sites would definitely be a highlight. Casa Batllo, La Sagrada Familia, and Park Guell are must sees. The unusual architecture, the attention to detail and the history therein will be education and entertainment all wrapped up together.

tapas in barcelona

Photo Credit: In Praise Of Sardines

Great food, great beer, great locations and great local culture will see us visiting many a tapas bar I imagine. The smaller the better for me as I love little hole-in-the-wall spaces with tons of character. La Cova Fumada sounds about perfect to me. Family run, small and filled with Barcelonians; the rustic food they serve there would likely have us coming back again and again.

castellers in barcelona

Photo Credit: Calafellvalo

I wonder if we will be lucky enough to see a castell being assembled? These human towers have been created since the 18th century for I-don’t-know-what reason (I guess I’ll find out why while we’re there). The multi-levelled towers, up to 10 levels high, are made of traditionally dressed men only. No support structures, no outside assistance. Cool.

gehry peix barcelona

Photo Credit: jamie.silva

I’m a huge fan of public art and, quite frankly, the more obscure the better. Peix looks enough like a fish for me to understand the association with its seaside location but is abstract enough for me to appreciate that it’s art and not just a literal representation of seafood. I’m sure there are plenty of historical figure statues to be found but in a city filled with Gaudi inspiration I would expect to find much more that will make me think.

We could just practice our (terrible) spanish on random strangers…or…we could sign up for any number of spanish practice meet-ups in the city. What a great way to learn the local slang, hang out with some residents, and get to know the city!

We’ll get there one day – hopefully sooner rather than later.


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7 Responses to “I Want To Go To Barcelona!”

  1. Chris Says:

    Barcelona is such a fascinating place. I agree with you that a lot of its charm is in the architecture and public art. And as far as the food–hole in the wall places sound like the absolute best idea.
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  2. Hogga Says:

    I feel like that too about so many places… so, so many places lol. I have some friends that went there not too long ago and had a blast.
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  3. Julia Says:

    I went to Barcelona last year for the first time, and it was everything you want it to be and more — super friendly, beautiful, easy to get around, and the food is AMAZING. Spanish food doesn’t get nearly enough love as a top cuisine, but DAMN. If I could speak Spanish, and there were jobs to be had, I would move to Barcelona in an INSTANT.

  4. Kate Says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you! Barcelona is high on my list of places I want to visit. I’m in love with the architecture there! Good luck to you!
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  5. For 91 Days Travel Blog Says:

    Oh Barcelona! I always had great time here .. love the write up.

    We lived in Valencia for 3 1/2 years and we can also recommend this city, it’s probably my most favorite city in Spain!
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