I have returned on Tuesday from Barcelona just to realize how much cloudy and messy my own country can get.
We arrived there on Saturday late afternoon. My girlfriend complained that the flight was very turbulent, but for me it was ok (despite the in flight meal being only a small bag of cookies at lunch hour). The weather that day was rainy and very cloudy, so after arriving to our friend's flat, we just decided to rest and eat dinner calmly at home.
Next day I woke up early and went to visit the Cathedral. With a majestic facade and beautiful interiors, it contains numerous chapels on the aisles. The weather was sunny that day, so we caught the metro and went to visit Park Güell. This is (at least for me) one of the most interesting and beautiful places in Barcelona and well worth to visit. I had been previously there, but still I really enjoyed to visit it. And my girlfriend too, of course. From there, we went on to see the Sagrada Familia. The line was huge and the prices were expensive, so we've agreed that we would visit the inside when the temple when the construction finishes (for those who don't know, this very popular temple/church began to be constructed in 1882 and some information estimates a completion date in 2028). Still on foot, we got to the Casa Batlló, Casa Milà which were designed by Gaudi and we got to Plaça de Catalunya (one of the main squares).
Our friends took us to a nice african restaurant in El Bron neighborhood, where I ate a delicious couscous with veal meat and a special sauce (on which I cannot give more details). After dinner we just walked around the streets, which were full of people, admiring the nightly lifestyle that people enjoy in Barcelona. The schedule in Barcelona is a bit different from Madrid. People wake up later and also eat their meals later that in the capital.
Due to the May Day (Workers' Day) on Tuesday, lots of people had taken the day off on Monday, so it the streets were very crowded and full of tourists. We decided to go to the "shore", just walk on the promenade. Although it was a bit windy, there were people practicing some sports, street shopping or simply relaxing on the beach or on the grass.
On our way back home, we walked up "Las Ramblas", a big avenue composed by several ramblas. As usually, the place was packed with tourists, so we got lost in the crowd and took the chance to buy some souvenirs. We also went to "Mercat de la Boqueria" (a very nice old market where they sell food; here you can drink a fresh natural juice, eat the typical jamon or even buy bottles of wine).
At night we went out to sample out the nightlife by going to a bar and afterwards to a disco. We chatted with our friends and promised to come back some day.
On Tuesday, we woke up late, and just chilled a bit around the streets, visit the old "Barri Gotic" and taking photos. Then, it was time to get back to Lisbon and say "gràcies" to our hosts.