Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Barcelona: upon arrival

Two weeks ago we went on vacation in Barcelona -- my first time there, but it won't be my last.
This first hotel we stayed in was half a block from Place de Catalunya, where most of the protesting for political and economic reform is happening in Barcelona.  We walked around and took a few shots, though everything was pretty quiet (unlike the day before, when police became violent with protesters).
After our stroll, we headed to the hotel's rooftop terrace to kick off vacation with delicious tapas.  Near the end of our peaceful dinner, we heard a din starting down below, only to realize that Barcelona's soccor team beat Manchester, and people were celebrating in the streets.  What an experience!  I'm not much of a sports fan, but I couldn't help get swept away by the crowds joy.  People were singing, climbing up lamp posts, cheering, etc. until the wee hours.  What a welcoming!