January 14, 2009


Just back from Spain, mostly Barcelona. Upside; chocolate, mild winter, wine, cheese, coffee, public transport, graffiti, museums, churros, a gorgeous transition of architecture and design from the ancient Romans through Gaudi and Cadafalch to the MACBA, bicycling, patient locals, trees, cheese, bike lanes, strauss festival orchestra at the Palau de la Musica, del Born, the amazingly friendly Pakistanis of del Ravel, cathedral upon cathedral, swap meets, parks, miro and picasso everywhere, oh, and did i say cheese?

Downside, um...lots of mullets(not of the ironic persuasion), dread locks, smoking in public, smoking in bars, smoking in cafes, smoking in line for anything, smoking in restaurants, smoking while smoking, everything shuts down for christmas on january 5th for the arrival of the 3 kings, construction on everything worth seeing due to low tourist traffic, and, i shudder to say, ug...human statues (sadly i guess i just dont understand why i should pay somebody for dressing up like spiderman or a pile of fruit and holding perfectly still). see photos HERE if you want.