Noise, non-stop honking horns, unpalatable tap-water, affordable food, and ten o’clock tapas – Barcelona is no Stockholm, that’s for sure. A walk through the central square is all it took for me to come to this conclusion after arriving in Barcelona last Friday evening.
I spent the past three days with one of my best Program friends, Meredith, in Barcelona. We occupied our time touring the city and stocking up on enough vitamin D to last us the long, dark Stockholm winter. We started our first day with breakfast at La Boqueria — a large food market with plenty of fruit stands, delis, and fish stalls (not the most pleasant smell in the early morning, however) — located on the tourist-bustling street called, La Rambla (everyone walks along this pedestrian walkway clinging to their bags in fear of pick-pocketers). Then we took a “hop-on-hop-off” bus around Barcelona. It was the perfect way to see the entire city; from the harbors and Zoo, to the Olympic Park, and several Gaudi buildings along the way, we virtually saw it all.
My Swedish contact family had warned me that they “flip the clock” in Barcelona, and they were right! Our eating schedules were totally thrown off by the late dinners. During our second day spent at the beach, we made the mistake of eating lunch too early, leaving us starved by the time 7 pm came around. We ended up picking up a pre-dinner snack from the bakery next door to tide us over, at least until we could go to a restaurant without being the only ones on the block (AKA 8:30 pm).
Our last day was spent shopping and walking the streets near the main square. Then it was off to the airport to catch our afternoon flight to Nice, France!
P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on sustainability in Barcelona.