Two Girls in Barcelona – Enjoying the City
We had the entire day to explore the city of Barcelona and what a better way to enjoy it than to take a stroll down Placa Catalunya which reminded me of our very own Dataran Merdeka. There were many things to see from pigeons, black ones, who fluttered whenever the bread crumbs were thrown to a dog who kept jumping into the fountain to catch a flying Frisbee and the pigeons. The dog didn’t have an owner and was happily swimming away in the water catching it.
Something different was also happening that week. It seems there was a quiet demonstration among the youth and they had been setting up camp in the square for a few days. Banners, flags and graffiti’s were strewn across the iconic statues in the square. Tents, camps and even a tree house could be found around the fountain area. These youths were lingering, playing music, selling activist related books, items to for money. The police didn’t seem to mind as they weren’t really disturbing the public. We walked around the area cautiously.
La Boqueria Market.
From Placa Catalunya we took a walk and found the famous La Boqueria market which was the oldest market around (since the 1700’s or even earlier). It was originally an open air market but after a few centuries later (and a few renovations), it became a nice, organized market with proper roofs and stalls for the traders. This is where the fruit and vegetable traders from local towns & farms nearby would sell their products. We took a walk inside and had a look at the colourful market which was bustling with life, and came out empty handed. If we had stayed in an apartment that comes with a kitchen, we would have bought some groceries here to cook!
Address : Rambla 91, 85-89, 08002 Barcelona, Spain Area : Ciutat Vella
Metro: Liceu, (Green Line, L3)
La Ramblas Market.
This market was near La Boqueria market and it was a long strtch of road which was sheltered with trees. It looked like an open flea market to us but with nice stalls along the road. We could tell that this place was frequented by tourists because of the prices they gave us when we were searching for magnets, bookmarks and T-shirts. It was pretty expensive unless you bargain well for it. Besides souveniers, one could also buy flowers, plants and even have an ice cream on a cold day. There were also buskers who stood like statues and only moved once coins are placed in their slots. I really thought they were statues in the beginning. It must have been pretty hard to stand all day to be a statue just to earn a living
The people in Barcelona are generally friendly and you could tell who were local and who were not by they way the language was spoken. The locals have a friendly and gentle approach to people even though I didn’t understand most of what was said.
Address : La Rambla, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain Area : Ciutat Vella
Metro: Liceu, (Green Line, L3)
As this was our last day, we decided to check out Arena Disco at night and it started to drizzle. It wasn’t an easy place to find and when we got there, the place was still closed even at 1030pm! We weren’t sure what time the clubs open here in Barcelona but this was quite puzzling. Normally in KL, people would already begin to enter the pubs/discos even around 10pm. The rain started to pour and since the neighbourhood was pretty quiet we decided to skip the disco and head back to the hotel for an early rest as our next adventure awaits us.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.