I am sorry to be leaving Barcelona. It is a walkable, livable city, architecturally rich, with a new vista or decorated facade around every corner. Most people have a balcony and there are lots of people in the streets. There are many daily markets and even more appear on weekends. People take festivals and traditions seriously. Take the castellers, they are not just forming towers, but all kinds of human sculpture. Note the satisfied coach on the left. This is a youth group. I’m impressed.
No place is perfect. I understand that Barcelona still has high unemployment among college educated young people. The real estate market is described as just now rebounding from 2008. There are beggars and street people. I still think it is a wonderful city.
I cannot say what has been my favorite experience. I made a list of all the things we did and places we went, something different almost every day of the 60 that we were here, and some days more than one stop on the tour. I didn’t want to forget anything. We had a last meeting with Joan, who provided our apartment and we chatted about Barcelona and travel and home. When I started this blog, I put Gaudi tile work on the banner because visiting Barcelona was a long-standing dream. I have to consider changing the image now and see what the future holds. For now we are on to the US and then to Peru for the winter. The next two posts after this one are informational, highlights of Barcelona, and a “Good to Know” section with a few practical thoughts.
Thanks for coming with us this far.