Tuesday, April 14, 2009


No, I'm not running with the bulls, from the bulls or seeing a bull fight. I did however go for a run in Barcelona. I set the alarm for 6:10am but slept through it. That's not surprising considering I hadn't slept much the day before, had taken half an Ambien and had earplugs to dampen the snores from my roommate Virg. I got up at 7:20, considered putting off the run since I had to meet my other travel mates at 8am, but decided that I really wanted to see the city in the morning. I thought it would be a peaceful, quite run. What I encountered was honking horns, loud traffic and lots of no walk signs.

Right around our hotel is a simple grid and I turned right out of the hotel and ran south. I made it to La Rambla, a famous road for shopping with street performers and sidewalk vendors. I ran about 1 mile out from the hotel and then back. It was a great run in the heavy fog/light rain.

The heavy fog/light rain burned off and we had great weather the whole day. We took a tour and saw the Barcelona Catherdral, the Olympic Stadium and tried Spanish champagne, Caves. During the tour we learned that people in Barcelona don't like bull fighting or Flamenco dancing. We also walked along La Rambla and went into Mercat de la Boqueria, an open market bustling with people. We hung tightly onto our purses for fear of pick pockets.

Yesterday we saw the Sagrada Familia. It is a magnificant building that was started by Gaudi in the late 1800's and won't be completed until 2026.

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