Sunday, 5 January 2014

Barceloneta Beach & Parc Citadella: Dec 15th

Dec 15th was my last day in Barcelona, and to be honest, I really really wanted to relax in nice environments. So I went to the beach and I went to Citadella Park. 

I wandered around the pier....

...and stumbled upon a market/thrift store like thing inside a train station? Was pretty awesome! Very chaotic and busy, but interesting. I'm fairly sure most of the items were secondhand, as it was 80% clothing and 20% records/cds/vintage things. There was a lady going around selling nachos, an "English Hair Salon" booth. I bought a lovely leather jacket (sorry for this violation of my usual animal-friendly actions) for only 5 EUROS; it was originally 7 euros and I was able to haggle it down! Woo! There was a tear on one shoulder (not even that noticeable), which I pointed out while haggling. 

I then went to Parc Citadella, and was not really expecting much. It was beautiful though and if you do have time in Barcelona, go check it out! I really appreciated this large adorable green space.

I actually kind of hate this picture of me, but that's the jacket I bought so woo...

Like is this lake thing not the cutest thing ever? Adorable.

Then I took a bus to the beach! The weather was so nice, but still cold enough that no one was in the water. 

Lastly, I went to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona! On Sundays after 3pm, the museum (and a few others in Barcelona I think?) is free! There was quite the lineup, but still worthwhile.

Not knowing too much about art history, it was still interesting to go through the museum as it is laid out pretty much chronologically from Picasso's childhood (he started when he was 14?! HE WAS AMAZING even as a teenager, crazy) to his education, then skipping all the way over to almost the end of his life. I couldn't take pictures in this museum, but here's one picture of the sort of interior of this museum.

But yes, that's it! Three posts to cover my 4 days in Barcelona, as I left for Rome early the next morning and arrived at 1pm.

In summary, I loved Barcelona. There are some issues I had with the city, but overall I had a fabulous time there and would recommend it completely.

The good:

  • I felt that as touristy as the places I went to were, they were so pretty and completely worth the hype/crowds. 
  • The weather was gorgeous, considering I had been used to kind of gloomy rainy English weather. 
  • I think that 4 days was a good amount of time to spend in Barcelona, especially if you're a fan of partying (which I didn't do at all, mostly because I was on my own and not really in the mood to go out considering there had been a fair bit of that at the end of the school term). It would give you time to recover haha.
The not-as-good?:
  • The people in Barcelona seem to go about with their lives in a much more relaxed, calm manner than the fast-paced hustle of Londoners. I feel like to live there, I would maybe want a more go-go-go attitude, but to vacation with? Fairly nice.
  • It's not a clean city... People don't pick up after their dogs or care much about littering, etc. 
  • For how pretty everything architecturally, the ground on the sidewalks and streets just are not nice.
  • Everything seems very touristy. Good for tourists, but I couldn't imagine living there. 

Next up is ROME! Ah Italy, I'm excited to talk about the amazing food and the rich history found in their famous sights. Come back soon! 

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