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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Strange things about…….Barcelona

I am always amused by strange or unknown facts about places I visit.  Some of them are humorous and some just plain strange or disgusting.  I decided I would share some strange but true facts about Barcelona, Spain.  I have been to Barcelona now and am in absolute awe of it’s art, architecture, people and it’s significance to Spain and the rest of the World.  I am also in awe of it’s history and hidden treasures.

Believe it or not.

La Sagrada Familia, image by Wolfgang Staudt

If you are planning a trip to Barcelona Spain, then you are truly an traveler with outstanding taste.  This is one European city that has it all, sophistication, elegance, excellence, a long important history, fantastic architecture, amazing museums and fantastic, friendly people.  There is so much to do and see in Barcelona, you might want to add a few days to your travel plans, you’ll wish you had.

City of Barcelona
  • There are two different Spanish legends on the founding of Barcelona.  The first claims that it was founded by Hercules, some 400 years before the building of Rome.  And the second legend the city was founded by the Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, father of Hannibal, in the 3rd Century B.C., and it has got its name from the great Barca family of Carthage.

National Art Museum, Barcelona
  • Barcelona is the center of Modernist architecture.  It is particularly known for Antoni Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces.  Some of the major works of Gaudi include Casa Vicens, Palau Guell, College of the Teresianas, Church of Colonia Guell, Casa Calvet, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.

La Sagrada Familia
  • La Sagrada Familia, one of the major works of Antoni Gaudi, is still under construction in Barcelona.  The construction began in 1882.  Gaudi worked on the architectural gem for over 40 years and devoted the last 15 years of his life solely to this project.  Antoni Gaudi is buried in a crypt under La Sagrada Familia.

  • Las Ramblas is the major center of activities in Barcelona.  It is an iconic and busy street in Central Barcelona.  It is the place where you can enjoy delicious Spanish foods at many restaurants, and find the finest places for shopping.  It’s an extremely popular place, with an average of about 150,000 people walking along it every day.

Las Ramblas, Barcelona
  • Barri Gotic is the center of the old city of Barcelona.  It has many buildings dating from medieval times and some even from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona.  It’s a popular tourist attraction that attracts over one million visitors weekly.

  • FC Barcelona is a famous sports club in Barcelona.  The club is best known for it’s football (Soccer in the U.S.) team.  With the seating capacity for 100,000 people, FC is the biggest privately owned stadium in the world.  It is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Barcelona.

FC Barcelona Stadium
  • More women than men are enrolled in Spain’s Universities.

  • In June 2005, despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, Spain legalized Gay Marriage.

  • Spain gained independence from the Moors in Granada (The Moor’s last stronghold) in 1492.

Barri Gotic
  • Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain in order to find the New World.

  • 94% of the population is Roman Catholic.

  • Spaniards often stand close and frequently touch one another on the arm while talking.

  • Personal consumption and home cultivation of Cannabis (Pot, Weed, Marijuana) are legal in Spain.

Las Ramblas
  • Not all Spaniards are native speakers of Castilian “Spanish”.  There are in fact four official languages in Spain (Catilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician), Three unofficial regional laguages (Asturian, Aragonese and Aranese), and several more dialects of these (Andalucia, Valencian, etc.)  Almost all Spaniards can speak Castilian Spanish.

Casa Botllo
  • Spanish culture greatly influenced modern art from the late 1800’s, with artists like Antoni Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali.

  • Most of Spain was under Muslim domination from 711 to the mid 11th century.  The full peninsula was not reconquered by the Christian powers until 1492.

Park Guell
  • The Spanish Inquisition, which aimed at converting Non-Christians to Christianity (Catholicism) started in 1478 and was not abolished until 1834.  It is estimated that hundreds of thousands were processed and thousands more were executed, burnt at the stake.

  • Tomatoes, Potatoes, Avocados, Tobacco and Cacao, were all brought to Europe by the Spaniards from their American Colonies.  All these words were imported from Spanish language into English, which explains why they end in “o”.

Barcelona Beaches
  • Under Philip II’s reign (1556-1598), and until 1640, Spain ruled over an empire comprising Spain, the Spanish Netherlands (most of present Belgium, and Northern France), southern Italy, most of South and Central America (Brazil included), about half of the present USA, the Philippines (named after Philip II), as well as various smaller colonies in Asia and Africa.

Barcelona Traffic
  • Barcelona and Spanish drivers in general are one of the worst, according to recent statistics an accident occurs on average every nineteen seconds weekdays Monday to Thursday but this rises to one every sixteen on Fridays.  Weekends are better at an average of ten a second.  It’s safer to walk or take public transportation.

Barcelona Beaches
  • Before 1992 Barcelona did not have beaches.  The whole seaside was rebuilt with beaches, restaurants and bars for the Olympic Games.

  • The carving of the donkey, which decorates the main portal of La Sagrada Familia was created from life.  According to legend, Gaudi was presented with the finest donkeys in Barcelona to use as his model but rejected them in favor of an old, broken down beast that belonged to a woman selling sand.

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