Our first stop in Barcelona was Las Ramblas, a long street filled with vendors and merchants. The first thing that will catch your eye in Las Ramblas is the sheer quantity of life that is occurring right in front of your eyes. People are talking, walking, laughing and living to the fullest. It's beautiful to see so many people out and about. Next, you'll notice the buildings. All of the buildings are unique and colorful, filled with cracks and history. The ground is built from cobblestone and transformed into incredible patterns that make you feel as though you are walking on top of a piece of history.
On the beautifully crafted cobblestone road, there are people milling about in every direction. There are a variety of languages spoken, from Spanish and English to Chinese and French, since Barcelona is the tourist capital of Spain. All the vendors try to entice the wandering tourists with their unique crafts and souvenirs. Artists line the edges, offering to paint a picture or caricature for a couple of euros. It’s a street teeming with life.
On the side of Las Ramblas, there is a famous food market called “La Boqueria.” La Boqueria is known for its fresh and delicious food. Pounds and pounds of candies and chocolates spill over the edges of the neatly lined baskets. All the food is categorized into sections, and each section is a world unto its own. The fish section was filled with exotic fish and even more exotic smells. Whole fish heads smiled eerily at me as I quickly walked past to escape the pungent smell and the looks of dead fish. Fruits were displayed in a colorful array, with plenty of fruits I had never seen.
After we had our fair share of exploration in La Boqueria and Las Ramblas, we left for our hostel. By 9 p.m., I found myself falling asleep after a long day of travel and excursions. We woke up the next morning for our next destination: El Parc Guell.