03.09.2011 31 °C
Sitting in the first floor lounge of our hotel overlooking La Rambla you are reminded of what an amazing and colourful world we live in. Many nationalities, religions & political persuasions are represented in the faces of the constant thronging crowd. Whether they are locals, tourists, illegal street vendors, stall holders or performance artists, they are all intrinsic to the sea of humanity that populates this busy Barcelona Street both day and night. The street is a living breathing entity with a life of its own. From dawn to dusk the street reminds me of a bee colony with worker bees coming and going from the hive searching out the best pollen (tourists), while in the evening and early hours of the morning tourists and locals alike are attracted to this street like moths are attracted to a bright light or an open flame. La Rambla is not a quiet pedestrian mall with elegant shops & restaurants, nor should it be. It is a vibrant and representative slice of what is only a small but important part of Barcelona. For without places like La Rambla we would live very quiet, boring and subdued existences. Just remember: don’t get too close to the flames or you could get burnt!
(written by the other M)