El Born, El Raval, Barrio Gotico

Marco & Zorianna

Only two days in, but I feel like we’ve seen a bunch. One thing I love about Barcelona: it’s pretty tiny. 5 streets counts as a neighbourhood. I always thought the bloorcourt, bloordale, and Dufferin Grove distinctions were silly. Do I live in Dufferin Grove or Bloorcourt? I’m not sure. But here, anyway, that distinction holds.

In the morning we enjoyed Barceloneta, a neighbourhood near the water with wider streets. Then back to El Born for a tea, then through the skinny and tall dark passages of the Barrio Gotico for an afternoon snack. We stumbled upon a little xarcuteria that was started in the 1930s. They make all their snacks and vermouth on site. Of course, we sampled things! Fish, fish, and peppers stuffed with fish. Amazing!
We headed over to the centre for contemporary culture in Barcelona. They had two shows on: Roberto Bolano, the author, and Pier…

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