22.07.2007 -17 °C
After a seedy couple of days at work after our Rock Wertcher adventure, Lis and I dusted off the backpack and set off to meet my bro and Rachel (his now soon to be wife!) this time in sunny Spain - Barcelona!
We hit the tourist trail pretty hard to begin with checking out some pretty crazy looking buildings, the work of an ecentric 1800's Spanish architect/artist/designer/nutcase - Gaudi. The school of architecture where he studied were quoted as saying 'we don't know if we're giving a degree to a genious or a madman.'
From buildings to a park, we took a stroll through another Gaudi wonder which was like walking through the type of dream you have after one of Pete's magic pies (you pie people will know what I mean!)
Gaudi's final project was Barcleona's unfinished church. When he knew he was going to die before the project was complete, he devoted his final years to teaching his methodology to as many people as possible so the church could continue on - and they're still going! funded through anonymous donations, due to be completed in 2010, they think.
The Spanish lifestyle can't be beat! Work till midday, sangria, seafood and a siesta, then back to work till around 8pm. Freshen up and hit the town around 10pm, then do it all again. We tested this new philosophy minus the work bit, and quickly slid into the Spainard's pace of life.
Life is on the street in Barcelona, and every corner you turn there's something new to keep the crowds entertained.
This crew reminded me of a young Clintos trying to do backspins on Mums kitchen floor - not a bad effort on the concrete eh?!
We ate, we drank, we toured, we rode a big lion
Loved it.... especially the sun, been raining in the UK five weeks straight. It's looking like there will soon be a north and south island of England. Seriously!!
Thanks for all your messages, great to hear what you're all up to