Hola chicos y chicas!
My my, WHAT a city Barcelona is. After a rapid 28 hours + in transit (I lie, not rapid AT ALL), I have arrived in the beautiful city of Barcelona, and have not even started to scratch the surface in my exploration of the city! The 28hour transit astounds most of the Americans and Europeans that I have met, and makes me happy to say that I won’t have to make the return trip for some time to come!
I’m staying just a five minute walk from Las Ramblas, and the Gothic Quarter of the city, and getting around has been a breeze. While I arrived in the middle of the afternoon on Thursday 10th of May, after a brief pitstop at the hostel (and a nap of course in true Georgia fashion), a walk around the city took me to La Boqueria (The markets), Las Ramblas and the quaint and impressive city streets of the Gothic Quarter. I could genuinely get lost in these streets for days, and with my awful sense of direction, I don’t trust myself to venture out without a map yet!
Exploring the city on foot is beautiful if you’ve got the energy! I was scraping the bottom of my poor jetlagged barrel, but it was so worth it! Sites such as the Casa Batllò, Casa Milà, La Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triumf (yes, there’s one in Barca too!), and the Hospital de St Pau, were just a few of the highlights. The Hospital was absolutely incredible, and unlike any hospital that I have ever worked in- 20+ separate pavilions, connected by an underground set of tunnels, designed with the well-being of patients in mind. It was an impressive piece of architecture and art, and would suggest anyone go and have a squiz next time you’re in town!
The Hospital de St Pau was under construction in the early 1900’s, and was a Public hospital- one of the first in Barcelona to have all general and specialist services in the one spot. It served until very recently as a major centre for health services and clinics and for convalescence services. It is now a world heritgae listed site and rightfully protected under UNESCO. I just couldn’t comprehend the scale and beauty of the grounds.
Off to explore the many more impressive sites that Barcelona has to offer. Hasta Luego mis amigos!