I´m actually writing this from an internet cafe just down the way from where I´m staying in the Raval district (and man, am I glad I found this place – it´s WAY cheaper than the 6.50 euro pay-per-use set up in my hostel. Boo-urns).
I´m going through my awkward phase right now. My Spanish is barely passable, but I think it´s just because I´m nervous and really don´t want to use it just yet.
I had planned to get up early to try and catch a walking tour in the Gothic Quarter. I anticipated that might happen.
What I didn´t anticipate was the rain. And did it ever rain. It was like the heavens just opened up. By the time I got to Plaça de Catalunya, I was taking shelter under one of those patio umbrellas set up outside, lining one part of the square. By the time I got to the tourist office across the square, I was completely soaked and had to buy one of those cheesy, cheaply-made umbrellas for 5 euros with “Barcelona” written all over it. Could I LOOK any more like a tourist?
No matter. I managed to hop on one of the tourist buses and just rode it the whole time. Then I went back to my hostel, took a loooong nap, then went back out and got on the other route and rode that, too.
So now I have an idea of what Barcelona is like. But how to tackle all this old architecture and history in four days? Wish me luck.