Visit to Barcelona

In 2013, a Spanish colleague invited me to go with her to Spain.  Her family lives an hour’s train ride outside Barcelona and we went there when we arrived.  Her mother quickly prepared dinner at about 4.00 pm, but my friend refused to eat.  I had dinner on my own and we left to sightsee. One thing that stood out was the old infrastructure that was  incorporated into the new.  Apparently if someone was making any renovation and they found any old/ancient infrastructure, they had to inform the government department in charge of infrastructure and work with them on how best to incorporate it into the new building.

Around 8.00 pm my friend said we should go back to her parents’ place for dinner.  What?  Apparently, the 4.00 pm meal was a ‘snack’ and that’s why she had refused to eat. Anyway, we went home.  Her younger brother came and he shook my hand and greeted me in perfect English.  Her older brother came later and immediately hugged (OK more like grabbed), kissed me heartily on both cheeks and said how happy he was to see me.  My friend saw my shock and laughed and said: “Zambian Lady, my young brother wanted to learn about other cultures and English, hence his response to meeting you.  My older brother, on the other hand, is a real Spaniard and greets everybody with kisses and a lot of touching.”  Older brother’s wife was more reserved in her greeting, but the patriarch of the house also displayed a lot of love for me.

Dinner was at 9.00 pm and it was quite an affair and the table was covered with all sorts of food.  I mentioned this to my friend and asked if her mother had gone all out cooking because we were visiting.  I was told that this was how they ate everyday.  The whole family gathered every evening for dinner at 9.00 pm and the table was always full.  I was surprised because I thought that was a lot of work for her elderly mother who did the cooking.

I went to Barcelona the following day and stayed there for the next couple of days where I walked about a lot.  I liked it a lot

  1. See the red and yellow flag of Catalunya?  These flags were all over Barcelona even back then.

See the red and yellow flag of Catalunya?


2. Narrow streets in Old Town

Narrow streets in Old Town


3. Temple d’August – these columns predate Christ

Temple d'August


4. What ‘animal’ does this sculpture look like?  Apparently, the mason had never seen an elephant, but it was described to him and this is what he can up with.

What 'animal' does this sculpture look like?


5. Spear sharpening did this on one of the old buildings!

Spear sharpening did this!


6. Casa Battlo by Gaudi – I did not manage to go in, but it is quite flamboyant.

Casa Battlo


7. Casa Mila – another building by Gaudi.

Casa Mila


8. Barca! For the first time, I went to watch professional football and saw Messi score his 78th goal.  I remember that number for some reason.  I had a great time.  Barca opponents had come from another city and had only about 20 fans.  Barca fans were so good that about 100 of them joined the visiting fans and cheered for the visiting team.  It was really a fun time.



9. For the love of Barcelona, I do not know what the back of this lady’s head and the lamp shot have anything to do with anything, but in the background is the 1992 summer Olympics venue.

Lamp post and back of head


I did not visit the Barcelona Cathedral, also by Gaudi.  It just looked too busy for me – it overwhelmed me just looking at it from the outside.  Maybe I am just not artistic enough, but I found the Cathedral a bit off putting, so much that I did not even take a photo of it even from the outside.  I am a simple woman, I guess.






19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. RMW
    Mar 30, 2018 @ 03:30:38

    Nice photos. Hope to visit Barcelona some day. Visited Andalucia some years ago, we arrived at the hotel after 9:00pm to discover they were just preparing dinner!


  2. D. Wallace Peach
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 21:28:44

    Looks like a wonderful visit. I had a friend who loved Spain. She talked about loving the late meals and disliking the groping. Your photos are wonderful.


  3. Ali
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 20:15:34

    THis takes me back to a trip to Barcelona 15 or 20 years ago. It was so gorgeous!


  4. watchingthedaisies
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 20:05:30

    It sounds like the Spanish culture was very different to your own. You were very well fed. 🌼


  5. ParentingIsFunny
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 20:01:24

    Beautiful pictures. Great trip!


  6. restlessjo
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 17:28:57

    There’s so much to love about Barcelona. Sagrada Familia is entirely different inside to the way it looks from the outside and I was completely seduced by it. But then, I love Gaudi’s work. We each have our delights. 🙂 🙂


  7. leggypeggy
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 04:25:01

    How lucky you were to visit with local residents.


  8. Colline
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 00:28:20

    Definitely a far cry from where you came from. Lovely photos.


  9. Jill Weatherholt
    Mar 26, 2018 @ 22:07:18

    What a great trip that must have been. Gosh, I’d go hungry living there as I’m often in bed by 9:00. LOL! Great photos! The last one and your comment made me laugh. Thanks for sharing!


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