espa帽a 15 de ago. de 2013

day 6 barcelona copia

After having an outstanding visit to the eastern part of聽Lithuania, we came back to spend our last day in聽Kaunas聽(where I currently live).聽But not for a long time, because the next day we were going to聽Barcelona!! Yey!!

We took our plane from聽Vilnius聽straight to Barcelona’s airport聽(el Prat).聽Despite of having many babies that hated flying聽(or so it seemed, because they didn’t stop crying in the WHOLE FREAKING TIME)聽we landed and a聽芦spit of heat禄welcomed us to my聽birth-place-city.聽

We just had to wait for our baggage, take the train to the center, then jump into the聽metro聽(underground for all of you who still didn’t know how we call it in Spain)聽and then get to my place. It seemed easy.聽In the end,聽it wasn’t.

Ok, now imagine that you come from聽Lithuania, where the temperature was around聽25潞C聽those days and suddenly you get in a temperature of聽34潞C聽and really wet weather.聽-Ok Pau, that’s not so bad.聽Well yes, you are right. Not that bad. Now add one factor:聽the wheels of your 30kg baggage are broken and you have to pull it all around the place. -Yeah, now it sounds a bit worse.聽

I was sweating as in spanish we call it聽芦like a chicken / pig禄聽聽(sudar como un pollo / cerdo).聽Fortunately聽(and after sweating around 3L of water)聽we got home, had a beer聽(or maybe 4)聽during the evening and went to sleep.聽Phew!

[Day 6.2]

The next day was another different story. We woke up early聽(spanish early, which is at 10am)聽and went to the market to get some food. One of the things I like the most about going back to聽Barcelona聽is that I get to walk around the neighborhood where I was born. Where everything started 22 years ago.

Pau canaletes

Tradition has that the one who drinks from the Font de Canaletes will come back to Barcelona.

聽After jumping into the聽Metro we got out in聽Pla莽a Catalunya聽and started to walk around there. We were in聽Carrer Tallers聽(one of my favorite streets in Barcelona) 聽were you can find all types of things; badges, gothic boots, tattoo studios, handmade stuff… I’ve you have never been there, you should really go! Trust me! I’m a local!聽


Thousands of balconies in Barcelona.

There’s one thing that Monika told me and I’ve never thought about before.聽-芦Wow! In Barcelona you have lots of balconies everywhere!禄聽Well, it’s true but it’s not something big, isn’t it?

Apparently it is. In Lithuaniathey are not really typical, and particularly in聽Kaunas.聽Narrow streets with high buildings and lots of balconies facing the street?聽No way.聽But I think I understand why. The snow and the light. In the聽eastern Europe聽they don’t have that much light as we do, so, why to have high buildings that will make extra shadows?聽No! We want light!聽

And about the snow, well, basically try to walk through a narrow street with lots of snow where under the white powder聽(I’m talking about the snow, the real one)聽you will find ice. Annoying and sneaky ice that will try to make you fall down. And he will achieve it. Trust me. You don’t want to have narrow streets in Lithuania. The wider the better.

Once we were on our way to the sea,聽(down the street), we visited of course聽La Boqueria.聽The most visited market in聽Barcelona聽and probably the one that has the most variety of goods.

monika guapa

Although she had already been there she didn’t mind visiting it again.

Once I remember that I was talking with a friend from聽Lebanon聽who had visited Barcelona recently. He was totally in love with the city. And one of the things that he liked the most it was the multiculturalism.聽He even told me:聽芦Man, I didn’t even feel like a foreigner!. It was like NY!禄聽And I have to agree completely with him. Although I’ve never been in聽NY,聽Barcelona is a place where no one should feel as a foreigner. It’s the confluence of cultures and people what makes it a magical place.

If you are really thinking about visiting my birth-place-city聽there’s one girl,聽Jessicawho writes a blog聽about her experiences in the city. Go check her out! It’s really worth it!


View of the port from our restaurant in Barcelona’s Maremagnum.

We were hungry. It was time for us to sit, have a rest and eat something. We decided to go the huge commercial centre known as聽Maremagnum, where I used to go every weekend when I was a child to play video games. The upper floor used to be full of clubs, but nowadays you find lots of restaurants. They aren’t cheap, actually, they are a bit pricy. But as we say in spanish,聽芦one day is one day禄聽and come on, check the views we had! Outstanding!

That was it. We didn’t want to have a聽boring-extremely-tourist-tourthrough Barcelona.聽After having our stomachs full, we headed to the聽Bogatell a not really dirty beach not so far from the centre. Relaxed there for few hours and went back home.

Our journey in聽Spain聽just started.


Pau Mateo

M茅dico veinti-algo-a帽ero con una pasi贸n por la fotograf铆a y la aventura que es f谩cilmente contagiable.