Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
48Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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Barcelona is pretty cool so far. I got so used to the French way and now have to stop saying the little bit of French that I actually know and switch to Espanol. The little bit that I actually know at least. So far the town is pretty cool. A lot of tourists which is a blessing and a curse. You can go just about anywhere and get with by with little Spanish but it kind of takes the fun out of traveling if your sitting somewhere and all you see are Americans wearing A & F shirts. Itīs that time of the year I suppose.
So far Iīve taken a free walking tour and went to the Picasso museum
Fun Fact: Apparently it is legal to walk around nude here. Thereīs some guy they call "The Elephant Man" because he walks around the city with only his black tattoo on his ass. and his big penis hanging free. I haven't the liberty to see him yet, and I'm not sure I want too. But he's the "elephant man" for good reason I"m told.
Another Fun Fact: My hostel is right next to the main tourist area and also next to hookerville. It's kind funny in a bad way, you see these old nasty dudes talking to these obese women in old clothes and their are bargaining for sex. The Aussie that I met last night said he saw some German dudes having sex in an alley with a hooker a few days ago. I would say at least they could get a hotel room or something. Be somewhat civil about it. But I guess not.
-New Info-I was walking home last night to my hostal and was accosted by some African street hookers
Last night I did a supposed "Flamenco Dancing and Tapas" tour. Itīs organized by an expat bar that has different stuff each night. I met some really awesome people but I must say it wasnīt all that good. To start we went to their sister bar and had what they called "Tapas." Which is no way those were tapas. I clearly remember french bread with various cheeses and meats on them. Then some fried potato popper things. Then french fries with mayonnaise and onion rings
Today I did a lot of Gaudi the artist sightseeing. He has an awesome park up on the hill over looking the city. It had this round about park bench things that was all mosaiced out and formed perfectly to fit your back. I also went to La Sagrada Familia. Itīs the old crazy church with big huge ugly towers that isnīt even done being built. Not until 2030 and it started in 1885 I think. Not sure why itīs taking them so long to finish it. I think itīs that whole slow going thing they have in Europe.It was a really neat church inside and out. It had a bunch of stories of Jesus in all the concrete on the outside that was very cool to see.
New Stuff: Barcelona has got to be the worst place for hawkers. Iīve been in many places around the world, but I think Spain has the worst ones. In the main tourist areas of Barcelona, you have Indian guys everywhere trying to sell cheap crap
-An upside to it is they have guys stationed about 100 ft in the city trying to sell you beer. They just stand there openly with a 6-pack of the cheapest stuff like itīs no big deal. And at 1€ each, itīs not a bad deal. Like last night I met some German dudes out in a plaza and we just chilled and drank some beers. When the guys would come by for the next round we would buy some more beer. But the downside to that is they also try to sell you drugs.
Tonight I will be taking an overnight train to Sevilla. Itīs supposed to be an awesome city in the south. We shall see....