so glad i changed my plans and came here.
16.11.2006 20 °C
Honor, Wim and Wasseem kept telling me how awesome barcelona is, but i didn´t decide to come here until nick told me that he would be here on business for a week. How could i pass up a chance to hang in a foriegn city with my longest tenured friend.
So after an 11 hour train ride from nice, i arrived in barcelona and as soon as we got back to nicks hotel, we went out with hos coworkers for dinner, and just as a side note, you could def tell by our dress who the backpacker was and who the professionals were. We had a great meal and when it came time to pay, the bill went on the company credi card. needless to say i was grateful and more than a little surprised. The Vernon Township BOE certainly never paid for a 3 course dinner and wine. Maybe i could get used to this business model...
Barcelona could very well be the most beautiful city i have ever been in. It has a well-organized grid pattern for the streets, with multiple tree-lined boulevards crossing the city providing an amount of greenery that you don´t find in too many places. In addition to this, there are also 3 HUGE parks in the city, the most famous being the Guell Park, designed by the city´s famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi´s work was inspired by both Christianty and nature, so that much of his work is shaped by his study of the complex and simple structures of nature.
He also designed many buildings in Barcelona, but his most extravagant work is the Sagrada Familia, a huge cathedral that is still under construction more than 120 years after it was first started. Nick and I both had the same reaction; absolute awe at the fine details and sybolism grafted onto stone of every shape and hue. I spent almost 2 hours there and barely felt the passage of time.
i wish i had written this better, but i am a little pressed for time so enjoy what is here. i know its lacking in detail and clarity, but check out the websites since pictures are worth a thousand words.