You can call it whatever you want… But, this is where I'll be living for the next three months. THANK GOD! Chicago is too harsh. I'll take stressful traveling, cracked mac pro screen, visa concerns, broken hot water heaters, 50degree weather, rainy days, cafe con leche and a meandering slow walk to IAAC over Chicago any day.
We've been settling in this week, so we haven't seen much of the city yet, and somehow we keep ending up in the same area - it's strange. We have only one spanish speaker (and no catalan speakers) so figuring things out can be kind of difficult and takes much longer than expected. However, I'm enjoying myself at this point.
The only problem is, I'm not a tourist (even though I am, technically... let me explain). So, running all over a city to see everything is not the way I do business.
1. I don't want to be rushed, shoved or kicked in crowds while going to see something I actually want to see (which isn't very much, typically).
2. I don't wait in lines, (I've only seen the statue of liberty through a telescopic lens because the line was two hours long and filled with screaming, snot-covered prepubescents).
3. I will only pay 5euro for a pint of beer if I'm desperate (like I was last night because we spent the day doing "touristy" things.)
4. My tolerance for "touristy things" stops after about two locations.
5. I hate standing outside buildings and looking at them. I know, I'm an architecture student, but come on
So, the best touristy thing we've done so far:
The Sagrada Familia. Why?
It was on the way to somewhere else (therefore not one of our touristy destinations), no lines because we saw if from the corner in the off season. And, we only stood next to it for about five minutes because of the serious (and loud) construction happening.
Anyways, I'll post photos now because I'm sure that they'll be much more interesting than anything else I've said.
Rambla del Poblenou - where we're living.
Jean Nouvel, you can see it everywhere - for better or for worse.
This detail of the facade is more interesting, I think.
Enrique Miralles's Mercat Santa Caterina
Street art is awesome, and everywhere.
The headless fish were also present in Berlin, near the Badeschiff. Not sure if it's the same artist.
We're also attending classes at IaaC, but I'll write about our courses later.