Few days after my arrival in Barcelona, I still wonder how a city so close to the French border can be as different from what we know here. Indeed, Barcelona has no time difference with Lille but this does not prevent a gap in the pace of life that is much later than ours. Let me explain: If you usually eat lunch around noon in France, Spain, do not expect to find a restaurant ready to welcome you before 2pm.. At night it is even more different, For a traditional French, eat around 7pm In Spain it will be in 10pm you would start to move to eat. This shift is actually valid for all nightclubs where you’ll see nobody before 2am. We can say that the rhythm is different but we get used to it quickly I can testify!
I could already meet many people living in Barcelona with the roommate where I live. We are living at eight people in a 220m² with different nationality: french, spanish, mexican, islandic, german, swedish and american. This cosmopolitan roommate is the best way to meet others people especially during this time (summer vacation) because roommates change very often due to simple holiday few weeks for someone.
Spain and especially Barcelona is a place where life is good. However, some things are very uncomfortable. The first is the number of bag snatching in Barcelona, and people must constantly pay attention to their things. Over time, we quickly recognized the thieves and now we have the habit of paying attention.Each time, I just take with my only it is necessary. The second is the side “too touristic” of Barcelona, there is too much tourists, and during all the year. Menus restaurant are translated into different languages, some restaurants propose their menu in over 10 languages. Merchants speak all the time English and regardless of the origin of the person in front of them. The perfect exemple of what I mean is La Rambla, one of the most visited places in Barcelona, a very long street of 1,2 km, All along the street there are shops, stalls, street vendors and restaurants for tourists.
My roommates took me to visit a place of magnificent Barcelona: Bunker carmel del turó de la Rovira. It is a place very far from the city center but is essential when visiting Barcelona. This place offers a panoramic view overlooking Barcelona.
Rather prefer to go to the bunker week because a lot of people goes there on weekends which removes one of the charms of this place: tranquility.
My adventure in Barcelona is just beginning and I intend to share with you.