Nah, just kidding. We're pretty normal really...in a weird sort of way.
The truth is, the weather was so nice that we wanted to do all the outdoor stuff first, just in case. But, it turns out it didn't really matter, since we only got one day that was a little chilly (I guess you can tell how important the weather is to this rainy Pamplona girl).
I think our Sunday in Barcelona was our luckiest day, since we had absolutely gorgeous weather, and we ended up stumbling upon a couple of interesting events that just happened to be going on that day. Plus, many of the museums were free after lunch (which means after 3 in Spain), and what could be better than free stuff?
We decided to see the Montjuic area, since the weather was so good, and we wanted to wander around the gardens a bit. So, we took the subway to Plaça d'Espanya, and as we arrived, we heard jazz music and saw a crowd milling about, so we couldn't help but have a look. I turns out that an old-time bus and coach rally was being held that morning, so we checked that out, took our pictures with the buses....and we got a free tulip. I don't really know what tulips have to do with buses, but we didn't care, as long as we got one. It may have been to celebrate Spring, but I can't say for sure.
Castellers, or human tower builders. I'd only seen this on TV before, and I was curious to see it in person. And let me tell you, it's much more impressive in real life. Photos and videos don't really the convey the height of these towers, and you also can't really see the massive base, or pinya, that is formed at the bottom. And surprisingly, it's all very well-planned out. We had a coffee in a bar on the square while we were waiting for them to start, and at a nearby table we could see a group of Castellers busily studying some complex diagrams, that showed exactly where each person should be. From the looks of things, it takes quite a bit of strategy to keep the towers from toppling.
|This is way more impressive in real life.|
It looks pretty scary, especially considering the height of some of these towers. At one point, one of the towers fell before it was finished, and all I can say is that it's a good thing there's such a large base to cushion the fall. And they do wear helmets. But I would seriously freak out if my kids tried something like that.
|Mini-castellers being entertained by the older ones while they wait for their turn to climb to the top.|
With our stomachs full and our spirits high (but feet still firmly on the ground), we left the Castellers to their acrobatics, and we walked around the gardens of Monjuic for a while, and finally ended up in the Olympic stadium.
It was pretty impressive, although some people were more into taking a nap than admiring their surroundings.
Just outside they had a sort of Olympic Walk of Fame, with shoe prints of many famous athletes. I put together just a few into a sort of mosaic (very Gaudish of me, isn't it?). Just look at all those famous feet! It's funny to compare Nadia Comaneci's tiny foot to the likes of feet like Pau Gasol's or Steve Ballestero's. And Lance Armstrong has freakishly tiny feet for a guy.
Once we were done being duly impressed by all those incredibly talented athletes, we took the funicular down the mountain, because we wanted to see the Maritime Museum. It was one of the free ones, so how could we pass that up? But we were a bit disappointed, since we expected to find a real boat. But if there was one, we sure didn't see it. I found out later that they are renovating the museum, and their permanent collection is temporarily closed, so I'm assuming that's where they're hiding the boats. We did get picture of this cool-looking submarine, though.
|We all live in a wooden submarine, a wooden submarine, a wooden submarine....|
|Just plain weird.|
|A dress made out of...hair? Creepy!|
|Why does this remind me of Rocky the Flying Squirrel?|
|The closest thing to being a firefly.|
|This I like.|
|The aphrodisiac underwear. Curiously enough, not all that sexy-looking.|
|And with that underwear, I guess you'll need a bit of privacy.|
After that, we walked over to the Gothic Quarter and saw the Roman ruins in The City History Museum (Museu d'Historia de la Ciutat), which is also free on Sunday afternoons. It was really pretty neat.
|Wine vats. What else would I take a picture of?|
Ah, and we finished it off with a margarita and a mojito...but I can't quite remember where...
Oh well, at least we managed to find our way back to the hotel.