Tiny Adventures in Spain: Today’s tiny adventure in Spain would be a trip to Barcelona to wet my global appetite along with a visit to the Barcelona Cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona’s famous Gothic neighborhood.
It was now late morning following one of the most significant events for me here in Spain. Joy filled my soul after having received the great privilege of officially entering into Spain’s healthcare system with the help of my favorite girl Caty!
What better way to celebrate this day than heading straight into Barcelona to treat our bellies to that Asian food I had been hankering for this past month and a half. Unlike a lot of the other villagers I had met (who never strayed far from the Spanish diet), Caty had a very global appetite like myself!
On this day Japanese noodles were calling our name, and Caty took us straight to the Barcelona port to enjoy the perfect answer to my soy and fish sauce cravings. I hadn’t been thinking much of what I missed home until days like this. Back home in the U.S.A. I could eat my way around the world all in one day with the variety of cuisines offered on every street corner. Thankfully, in a short 20 minutes by car from the wine village, I could enjoy the same luxuries in the fabulous city of Barcelona.
After getting our soy fix, Caty and I hit the streets of Barcelona to roam free and see the sights. One of my favorites, aside from the interesting street art that filled the streets during siesta hour in Spain (when all of the storefronts have their artistically drawn front gates closed down), was the Barcelona Cathedral. This Cathedral as beautiful as it is should not be confused with Sagrada Família, which is a large church by Antoni Gaudí.
On this magical day of celebration, Caty and I would have the privilege of entering this beautiful building free of charge due to a Barcelona holiday that I currently cannot recall. What I do remember, however, is the magnificence of this Gothic splendor situated in the Pla de la Seu located near the center of Barcelona’s Gothic neighborhood (or Barri Gòtic). The Barcelona Cathedral is hands down one of the most beautiful buildings in the Gothic district of Barcelona. I’ve read that on Saturday’s at 6:30 pm or Sunday’s at noon people gather here to dance the Sardana (a traditional dance of Catalunya that should not be missed if possible). I had the pleasure of seeing this happy dance on another occasion in the country of Andorra where the locals also speak in the native spoken tongue of Catalan. Picture Spaniards joining hands to a circle arms raised as they perform precise small dance steps in unity with one another. It’s quite the experience.
Today, however, I would happily snap as many photographs as I could while reveling in the beauty of this peaceful sanctuary dominating the heart of Barcelona’s famous Gothic neighborhood directly bordering another favorite area in Barcelona called La Rambla.
As we zig-zagged our way through the tiny narrow streets and alleys of the city, we were stopped in our tracks by the powerful voice of a man singing in the streets of Barcelona. My friend Caty having grown up in the city of Barcelona told me that stumbling upon a gift like this could be one of her favorite surprises due to the nature of the narrow alleyways in Barcelona which made for amazing natural acoustics. I couldn’t have agreed more! We enjoyed this streetside entertainment along with the rest of our stroll back to the car on this perfect day in Barcelona.
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