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Barcelona

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  • Day9

    Überall spürt man eine angespannte Stimmung aufgrund des Referendums. Beinahe jedes Haus hat eine Catalan Flagge, eine gelbe Schleife oder ein „Si“. Die gelbe Schleife steht für das Mitgefühl mit den inhaftierten Politikern. Ich hoffe nach der Wahl wird es ein Kompromiss oder ein aufeinanderzugehen von der spanischen Seite geben. Die Menschen sagen sie werde es nie mehr vergessen als die spanische Polizei nach Catalan kam und die friedlichen Menschen bedrohte. Es gibt mehr Steuern, höhere für die Universität und Autobahnen in diesem Gebiet. Spanien braucht Catalunya und ich hoffe sie werden die Catalanen in Zukunft wie die Spanier behandeln.Read more

  • Day11

    Abseits des Trubels der Stadt findet man kleine Gassen in denen man sehr individuelle Läden entdecken kann. Viele bieten Jutebeutel, Graphic Shirts und Dinge aus Naturmaterialien an. Ich denke ich bin in der Hipsterstadt angekommen und habe mich angepasst, siehe unten mit Mütze ^^
    Es ist fast wie ein Labyrinth ich musste lang suchen und viele Leute fragen bis ich dieses überbrückte Portal wiederfand.
    Das Beste sind die vielen Palmen, sie verleihen der Stadt einen tropischen Charme. Überall sieht man inline Skates und Skateboarder. Das wäre die perfekte Stadt für mich :)
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  • Day15

    Our last day in Spain started with an unsuccessful search for the perfect breakfast! Then we relaxed for a couple of hours on the beach near our Airbnb before venturing out for a good lunch and our favorite beach. For lunch, we had a delicious green salad, shrimp in garlic sauce, and mussels in marinara sauce. Then we continued the long walk down the boardwalk to our favorite soft sandy beach. On the walk back, we decided to stop in and watch the Mountain Dew street skateboarding competition. Then, after a little rest and showers, we headed off into the crazy busy part of Barcelona for dinner. The end of summer festivities are going on this weekend and things are a bit crazy - parades, drum circles, and fireworks all over. We ended up going to a delicious ramen restaurant for dinner - not quite the typical Spanish meal for our last dinner in the country, but it was so good! We walked back and enjoyed a bit of the festivities before returning home. We fly to Venice tomorrow afternoon!Read more

  • Day13

    What a great day! We slept in after a late night of travel (and three jam-packed and amazing, but exhausting, days in Granada). Then we worked out, did some much needed laundry, and went out for a delicious breakfast of avocado and strawberry toast with fresh orange juice! Next, we relaxed on the beach for hours and then walked a couple of miles down the boardwalk, grabbing an amazing lunch on the sand - grilled mussels, eggplant tempura, sea bass with salad, chocolate mousse, and espresso. We walked some more, swam for awhile in the Balearic Sea (!!), and headed back to our awesome Airbnb for a warm shower and some rest.

    We headed out to a local restaurant, recommended by our host, for dinner. As we waited outside for our table, several people on balconies on the street, and all of the surrounding streets, began banging on pots and pans in protest of the Spanish government's suppression of the Catalonian region's vote for sovereignty. We have been witnessing these protests since our arrival in Madrid two weeks ago.

    The small local hole-in-the-wall restaurant that our host recommended ended up specializing in fried fish. We split a small meal (fried fish and peppers) and then went to grab second dinner...the burger than Tim has been craving for about a week. Now I need to sit up in a chair and read and digest for about an hour before I can sleep!!
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  • Day14

    We walked A LOT today!! After a yummy breakfast, we first walked about 2.5 miles to Gaudi's magnificent Sagrada Familia cathedral. Unfortunately, there was a lottery going on this weekend only for free tickets, so the purchased tickets were limited and are sold out until we leave Barcelona!! So, we only got to check out the outside, which is amazing on its own. Next, we walked another 2 miles to Gaudi's crazy Park Guell (eating Chinese food on the way!). By the time we got to the top of the mountain at the park, we were completely exhausted. We took a cab back for an early evening siesta. After we woke up, we went to yet another amazing tapas dinner. Then we walked it off on the boardwalk (with a short attempt at joining in on some salsa dancing) and through a small carnival set up for this weekend's end of summer festival.

    Tomorrow - more beach time!!
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  • Day45

    We landed in Barcelona at a time when there was a lot of media attention about the protests against tourists. There were definitely parts of the city that displayed a disdain for tourism, with graffiti splashed across walls claiming that “tourism kills the neighbourhood”. Some businesses in the city centre offered a different perspective and welcomed tourists with open arms: we ♥ tourists (Ironically, throughout our Eastern European adventures, we've experienced hoards of Spanish tour groups.) At the same time, there is a call for Catalonia to become an independent Republic, divorcing itself from the Kingdom of Spain. The area that we stayed in seemed supportive of a “yes” vote in the up-and-coming referendum, with Catalan flags flying from many of the homes. Meanwhile the Australian Government proceeds with a postal survey on same-sex marriage, a right already afforded to the Spaniards. By acknowledging same-sex relationships in this way, it has had an obvious effect, with couples openly displaying their relationship without fear of persecution.

    After arriving at our accommodation, we immediately realised that this wasn’t exactly what we had expected. The reviews indicated that the accommodation was close to public transport but it didn’t say that the accommodation sat (almost) on top of the railway line. With each train, the building and windows shook. So close where the trains that at night you needed to make sure you kept all body parts clear or else you risked losing a limb. We knew that there would be little sleep outside of the hours of 12:20am and 5am, except for short powernaps of 15 minutes between freight trains, unless you're disturbed by squeaky doors and floors from other guests returning home after a night out or a late check-in.

    On our first full day, all tired and weary-eyed, we took the metro to explore the city centre, in particular the buildings and monuments designed by Antoni Gaudy. La Sagrada Familia is one of the most photographed buildings in Barcelona, but we felt underwhelmed – perhaps the morning caffeine fix hadn’t kicked in yet. It lead us to coin the phrase gaudy Gaudi. The day was filled with lots of gaudy Gaudi buildings, all of which seemed more interesting than La Sagrada Familia (which by the way is no longer Gaudi’s creation and now has become an interpretation of his intentions since the original plans were burned).

    Wandering the streets of the city, we headed for the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, which contrasts to the busy streets of La Rambla or the beaches of Barceloneta, with its medieval churches and gargoyles peering from the tops of buildings. Although only a few steps from the main streets, it felt like stepping back in time, free from the illegal vendors selling their counterfeit goods (that is before the police come along and ruin a sale).

    Similar to many other European cities (Paris or Prague), the residents love their four-legged friends and the evidence is visible throughout the city. As we walked past a little old lady’s house, we noticed she was splashing water across the front of her home. At first, we thought she was warding off the evil spirits and thought how great it was that she was continuing the old traditions. Then we realised she was just washing off the dog piss from her walls.

    Unsure whether the old lady rubbed off on Jason but the following morning he seemed to suffer from a few bouts of what could be diagnosed as the onset of early dementia, or perhaps it was the many people warning us to beware of thieves that he worked himself into a panic thinking he’d been pick-pocketed, only to find his wallet buried in his backpack. Once, twice, thrice. On second thoughts it might have been beer-induced dementia. 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer. Take one down and pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall.

    Perhaps due to all of the beer drinking our cover as German tourists has been blown. One of the Indian shopkeepers looked at us as we purchased a few cans of cheap beer and said “you’re Australian”. In the past, Jason has been mistaken for Shane Warne by other Indians and we blame cricket for their ability to distinguish between British, Australian and New Zealand accents.

    Our short stay in Barcelona was capped off with drinks (there's a bit of a theme happening here) with an old work colleague, Geoff and his wife, Veronika, before heading back to doze between freight trains. Trainspotting in Barcelona hadn’t been on the original itinerary but seemed to be on the menu each night.

    Next stop: Madrid.

    See link below for video footage:
    https://youtu.be/HxSIefyzT88
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  • Day34

    The rooftop of Casa Mila us a unique piece of architecture/art. It contains different elements: skylights, stair wells, ventilation towers and chimneys. All open to your own interpretation. Some have been finished using broken tiles, stones, marble and glass.

    Check out these strange shapes and you decide what they represent

  • Day35

    I did get to the Sangrada Familia today, but there are soo many pictures to post I can't possibly do them all and the cold meds are starting to make me sleepy So, I leave you with these Halloween images

    Tomorrow we visit the Montserrat Monestary and the Oller Winery. Hmmmm maybe I won't need the cold meds to sleep.

    15,786 steps and counting. Up and at it early tomorrow

  • Day37

    The stained glass windows are amazing. The East side of the nave has cooler hues where the sun rises. Warm colors are reserved for the West where the sun sets. Gaudi said the sun is the finest painter.

    I was here at noon, when the sun was warm over head. I hope you can see the colors and imagine the full power of the Sun's paint brush

  • Day32

    The flight was uneventful and clearing customs was a breeze. We landed on time at 9:00, to a sunny day of 15. The weather here is unseasonably warm so we were told to expect 20-22 degrees each day. Perfect tourist weather.

    We managed to find our way to the Metro (subway), at the airport and were able to take it to within 500 ft of our hotel. I've earned my good planning badge already and it's only day two!

    Check-in isn't until 2:00, so we found a place for lunch and dined outside, awesome. The no sleep is starting to take it's toll so we've decided to relax on the rooftop. One of us is already loudly napping, think I'll do the same

    Here's the view
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