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Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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Sunday, November 12, 2006

So I have just ticked off one of my other European must see cities. From Thursday to Sunday I spent a long weekend in Barcelona with Erik and Fredrik, two childhood friends from Norway. Barcelona, a city I still had not visited, but always wanted to see. Exactly why I don't know, I guess it is just one of those cities.

With not too much time on our hands, we opted to see Barcelona's most famous landmarks from a double decker tourist bus. We zoomed through the city passing by La Sagrada Familia, Parque GŁell (and a bunch of other Gaudi tourist spots), Camp Nou, Gothic Quarter and the 1992 Olympic area to name a few.

The rest of the time we spent idling around the La Rambla area and Port Olympic in nice November t-shirt temperatures. When it comes to partying, believe it or not, the weekend got more quiet than expected. Surely we had a few drinks, but I can proudly say that we left the city without staying in a nightclub until 7AM in the morning. In fact we didn't go to any nightclubs at all. Instead we spent time chatting in bars or a street side cafe, eating good seafood and hitting the Port Olympic Casino, Circus Circus style, for a few rounds of BlackJack. I have been to a good few Casino's around the world, including in Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, Pucon in Chile, Punta del Este in Uruguay, Durban in South Africa to name a few of the better ones. However this is the first time I have had to pay an entrance fee to get inside in order for me to loose some money in no time. I can maybe see why they have decided to charge this symbolic amount in order to keep some people away from their Casino, but it still kind of pissed me off. In Las Vegas you get free drinks if you play in a Casino while in Barcelona you have to pay to enter, hmmm...

All in all, Barcelona definitively got something to it, but I must however say that I prefer Madrid. Maybe that's a bit unfair to say, since I have spent about 10 months in Madrid and only 4 days in Barcelona, and that being in November, not exactly the hottest beach month there is...
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