My decision to go to Barcelona was spur of the moment. I got a great price on Ryanair and took advantage. I wanted to visit so many sites that going alone would be the best. This was my first plane experience from Sevilla since my arrival; and my first Ryanair experience. Ryanair is the budget airline of Europe that has ridiculous rules you have to follow because you paid such a low price for the ticket. Your bag must fit within the airline's box; otherwise you do not get on the plane. I carried my backpack and had no problem. I ran into some Americans getting on the same flight: the only problem, one forget her passport. Ryanair said she could not enter. Thus, all four students missed their flight. No wonder I travel alone. I chatted with a Mexican girl studying in Sevilla. I was amused by her distinctly Mexican expression: "Que padre."
When I arrived in Barcelona (here pronounced Bahr-THA-lona) an hour and a half later, I hit the ground running. I would have three days to see the city's three main districts. My first day would be full of the old city called the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter in Catalan). After arriving in the city center, I introduced myself to Barcelona by walking "Las Ramblas" (meaning "streams"), one of the busiest and craziest promenades in Europe. This is the pickpocket's dream. More passports are stolen on this street than any other place in Europe. The walkway is full of street performers that distract tourists while pickpockets work their magic. I was told never to stand still on "Las Ramblas" (street signs say "La Rambla") and followed the advice.
The real reason I was on the Ramblas was to visit the Boquería, one of Europe's greatest food markets. I arrived at peak hour right before lunch (and nap time). The amount of product matched the number of people. I admired each section: fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, sweets, olives, spices, mushrooms. I have never seen so much abundance of such quality. Among the stands are also tapas bars, full of people snacking over the finest flavors of Spain. I discovered an Organic Market, an idea that is still a bit new in Spain given the high quality that already exists even in conventional markets. As much as I wanted to stop, I had to continue my itinerary and settle for snacks along the way.
My next stop was the Catedral of Barcelona (every city has one). Typical of everything in Catalunya, this church was bit different. Within the courtyard, there were thirteen geese. The number commemorates the patron saint of Catalunya,
"Barcelona Day 1 (3-4) - El Barri Gòtic" at https://picasaweb.google.com/bradleywilliams39.