A trip back to Barcelona it is different than others. To start with, I use “back to” to express that Barcelona is still my second home. Most people know the city for its warm weather, for the architect Antoni Gaudí, and the many good places to eat. For me, it is my birthplace.
This is an opportunity to see family and friends. But, I will stay just three days and I will not be able to see everybody I would like.
Barcelona is a great city to walk around. And, it is probably the reason why walking is my prefered way of experiencing cities all around the world.
I go to Plaza Urquinaona to have breakfast with a friend. We drink coffee and exchange our stories since the last time we saw each other. That is six months ago. After a long talk, he leaves to work.
I have nothing else planned until lunch. I am on vacations, but not so my friends. So, I visit Gigamesh.
Gigamesh is my favourite science fiction book store in the world. A second close is Forbidden Planet in London. I leave without purchasing anything. But, with a mental wish list. I will come back later for a couple of books.
I continue my visit to the city. As I leave the Basilica de La Sagrada Familia, I find l’Hospital de Sant Pau. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner is not as well known as Gaudí, but many tourists that come to Barcelona will admire his buildings.
I go for lunch with my friends at one of the many franchise restaurants in Heron City. Actually, Heron City does not exist anymore as the owners have sold the shopping centre and now has a new name. There are always changes in such a big city.
It is a long lunch that extends into the evening. We had a lot to catch up.
Next day, I will meet more people. I have a tight schedule.
I eat breakfast at my parents’ apartment and afterwards leave to meet more people.
We have lunch in one of the many restaurants in the city. We stop to eat a refreshing gazpacho and drink sangria. Gazpacho is a dish original from Andaluzia but very popular everywhere else in summer. And it is a warm day.
In the evening, I go to my next meetup. We talk while walking in Montjuïc. It is a welcome change. Most of the talk happens around a table with food; this time I will burn some calories.
We pass by one of the waterfalls that feed the Font del Gat. Montjuïc has many unique places. But this one has its own song.
Baixant de la Font del Gat una noia, una noia,
baixant de la Font del Gat una noia i un soldat.
Pregunteu-li com se diu, Marieta, Marieta,
Pregunteu-li com se diu, Marieta de l’Ull Viu.
The three days pass fast. I have met a lot of people and seen some places in the city. Next time I will make sure to reach more people. It feels terrible to go back home and have missed friends.
Barcelona, you are my happiness.