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BCN June 10, 2010

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Hola from Barcelona! It’s almost time for our first week-long break, so I guess it’s a good time to give a first survey of the city. There’s a little bit of my inner architecture nerd coming out here, but it’s truly amazing. I mean, nothing in America is designed like this. If you’re like me and came to Tech as an out-of-stater, you’ll understand how difficult it is to understand Atlanta. There are so many sections, curving streets, and about 15 thousand Peachtree Streets. Not in BCN. The whole city (apart from the older Roman section) is laid out on a grid system, so it’s super easy to navigate even if you don’t understand Spanish. We lucked out a bit and are staying a few blocks away from the beach. Definitely a plus! We haven’t made near enough use of it yet, but that’s sure to come.

Aside from exploring the city, I spent last weekend at the Primavera Sound Festival, a huge outdoor concert held in Barcelona’s Forum (an area on the beach). You should definitely check out their website if you’re at all interested in alternative music. I got to hear Owen Pallett, the New Pornographers, Spoon (my favorite!), Beach House, the Pixies, and Wilco. Not too bad of a showing for one night. “Nights” are a little different here though, as they generally start no earlier than 12 and end somewhere between 4 and sunrise. I’m still in the process of getting used to eating dinner at 10 pm.

Another really cool aspect of the city is all of the Gaudi work. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s an incredibly well-known architect from the 1920’s. Par Quell or Sagrada Familia might ring some bells (or just look at the pictures). Barcelona is sometimes known as a Gaudi city because he designed so many of its landmark sites. I spent somewhere near 11 hours last Saturday traversing the city on my own “Gaudi Tour” (it’s the architecture nerd thing, again).

Anyways, that’s all I have for now. Wish me luck for next week’s travels in Germany and France.

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