I´m not sure if I like Barcelona. This is largely due to the enormously huge crowds of people EVERYWHERE! This is a holiday weekend, so there are tons of people. Things should thin out today and tomorrow, and Monday should be much better. I´m saving the Sagrada Familia for then, because I know it will be crowded.
In the last two days I have:
Eaten churros and chocolate (not as good as bonilla´s chocolate, but the churros were amazing!)
Gone to the History of Catalunya museum. It was fantastic! My new favorite museum. It has a great balance between good information and displays and interactive exhibits. They have one where you get to try on a helmet and armor, and another where you get to use a rope/pulley combination to lift up all of the weapons and gear a soldier would have had to carry. Another display lets you grind wheat with various kinds of flour mills from different times in history. It was great! There was lots of good information, too :)
Visited the cathedral, which was 1. free, 2. crowded, and 3. disappointing. This would be mostly due to number 2. There were just too many people to actually get to see anything, and it was under construction, so you couldn´t even see the outside very well.
Gone to the Guell Palace. It was moderately interesting, given that it is under reconstruction, and you can only see the basement, which was the servent´s quarters and the stables, thus, not particularly thrilling. They did have a video going of the rest of the house, and it was free since you couldn´t visit more than a few things. Despite having to wait in a long line, it wasn´t crowded, as they controlled the number of people who could visit.
Eaten chocolate at the chocolate museum. The chocolate museum was kind of a dud. They had lots of chocolate sculptures, but many of them looked like comics, and some of the exhibit was taken over (randomly) by an exhibit about the soccer team in Barcelona. Wierd. The chocolate sampling was also highly limited.
Climbed up the Montjuic. It was pretty cool. I enjoyed lunch and an hour or so of reading in the park at the top with amazing views of the city, and just watched the tourists for awhile. There were a surprising number wearing really high heels to walk around the city in. The mountain really isn´t by Colorado standards, but it was a nice walk, and a lovely view. The weather has been perfect the last few days so even the climb didn´t feel too hot.
Wandered around the city. Because of visiting things today that are a bit further away from the center of the city, I´ve enjoyed fewer people, and have gotten a more positive taste of the city. My hotel is centrally located, but generally quiet from the noise of the street (my room´s window looks out into a courtyard, so no street noise) however, it is RIGHT next to the reception, as in, you walk out the door of my room and run into the receptionist. This is sometimes a problem when people are talking to the receptionist, which happens all night because you have to get buzzed into the main front door, and pick up your room key at reception. Fortunately, after the first night, my brain tuned it all out, and I slept soundly yesterday.
Tomorrow is church, and I´ll wander some of the Gaudi parks and other walks in the city. Monday is the Sagrada Familia, the casa mila and the end of Barcelona!