21.04.2016 - 21.04.2016 18 °C
We woke up to rain on Thursday morning, not just drizzle or mist but actual rain. And we were booked into the Casa-Museu Gaudi and 11am, so off into the rain we set. It was a decent walk - 45 minutes, uphill, in the rain - but we had our raincoats and even an umbrella. And hey, a little bit of rain never killed anybody. But it did make us fairly soggy. We appreciated the Casa-Museu partly for its information on Gaudi, and partly for the fact that it was out of the rain. But then, as we left the Casa-Museu, against all odds and completely contradicting the weather forecast, blue skies and sunshine appeared! This meant that exploring Park Guell was instantly a more appealing option than it had been an hour ago. Gone were the clouds, gone were the people selling umbrellas, now replaced with sunshine and people selling earrings cleverly displayed on umbrellas. We wandered about the free part of the Park, which was intended to be a residential development that just never took off. With views overlooking Barcelona, I would've bought into it if I'd been a) alive and b) in Barcelona at the time. Feeling satisfied and recharged by the dose of Vitamin D, we meandered down the hill on a mission to find Vitamin P - paella. Finding non-seafood paella is harder than I realised, but just as all hope was fading, we hit the jackpot. Simon got his seafood, I got my vegetables, and we both got sangria. What a package deal! Even our broken Spanish can't stop us being fed well in this Catalan-speaking-region.
From there we wandered to the Torre Agbar (Barcelona's very own Giant Cucumber) and then back to our flat. From our flat we walked for one minute before arriving at La Sagrada Familia. We then queued for 95 seconds (hooray for pre-purchased tickets), collected our audioguides and then wow. Just wow. The external view was impressive and intimidating, but walking inside was genuinely like nothing else I've ever done before. Completely unlike other churches, completely unlike other buildings. Such a different 'wow' factor. The Catedral in Sevilla, for example, seemed to say 'look how much gold we have, gold, gold, gold' - but this said 'look how wonderful the world is'. For the first time in a big show-off building I didn't think 'what a ridiculous waste of money. I can't explain it properly and couldn't quite fit the enormity of it into my little camera, but Google it and you'll get the idea. Amazeballs.
So we stayed there for 2.5 hours, watching the light stream through the stained glass windows, until closing time. And then finished the day with another man-made triumph - smashed fried beans, nachos and roast pork tacos. Now THAT'S what I call an excellent Thursday.