The Zegura's Barcelona Adventure
Week 1 - May 11 - May 18
I arrived on Friday, May 11, flying overnight non-stop from Atlanta. My mom, Betsy Witte, also arrived on Friday, from Washington, DC, via New York. We met up at the Barcelona airport, then took a taxi to our apartment. Here are some pictures from our wait for Pedro, our friendly Friendly Rentals contact. He gave us an overview of the apartment, but we still ended up spending much of the first week figuring out how things worked, sometimes with the "help" of manuals in Catalan or Spanish. Funny how rewarding it can be to get simple things like the stove and laundry machine working, not to mention Internet in the apartment.
Our apartment is on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (Gran Via for short), one of the main arteries through Barcelona. Directions in Barcelona are a bit odd – they draw the maps so that the Mediteranean appears to be directly south of the city, even though it is really south-east. They then refer to north-south-east-west on this rotated map. In this altered world, Gran Via runs west-east, from Montjuic (Jewish Mountain) to east of the old city. We're towards the western end, a few blocks from the main plaza called Espana. The views from the front and back of the apartment both in the day and at twilight:
Dan and the girls will fly to Barcelona in two weeks, arriving Friday, May 25. To help get them excited about the trip, I've documented the local helato ice cream store, just two doors down from our apartment. Or as Carmen said once she'd seen it, "I love Barcelona. The stores are our neighbors!" What a child of the suburbs. She also said that one of her favorite things about Barcelona as compared to Atlanta was "less pollution". Not sure where she got that from, though it is true that they recycle like crazy.