|The new king and queen|
|Flag supporting the republic|
With the excitement of the king's coronation and the disappointment of the Spanish nation team setting the mood in Madrid, my fellow Wolverines and I headed to Barcelona where as Catalans they did not care about the king or even the soccer team. Heading to Barcelona earlier Friday morning, we took advantage of the Spanish way of celebrating holidays. If there is a holiday on a Thursday here, Spaniards also take Friday off too in what they call a puente or bridge in English. Since Corpus Christi was on Thursday, I had a 4-day weekend to head to Barcelona and sight-see.
When we got to Barcelona, the first thing we did was finally hit the beach. Because it was too cold before we left Michigan and Madrid is in the middle of Spain, it was nice to finally lay out in the sun and relax. The following day, we hit up as many of the Barcelona tourist points as we could. This included a tour of the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Batllo. Most of the places we visited were designed by the famous Catalan architect Gaudi. While everywhere we went was amazingly beautiful, Gaudi never had the chance to completely finish them. For instance, work began on the Sagrada Familia 132 years ago and isn't supposed to be done until 2026- 100 years after Gaudi's death. Even though Gaudi didn't get to finish his work, walking around Barcelona, you can see his grand impact.
|Sagrada Familia Passion Facade|