La Bouqueria

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Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, La Bouqueria, was first thought to be in existence around the year of 1217, and is known to be one of the largest open markets in Europe.

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This morning started with an early wake up call – off to the airport!  We ran over to Piramide station to take the metro over to Termini.  We got to have the pleasure of riding on the first metro of the day, at 5:30am.  After hopping on a regional rail towards the airport, I wasn’t exactly sure of how far the airport terminal was from the stop.  Not surprisingly, whoever designed the airport didn’t take into consideration a train stop, so we were forced to be scammed by a cab driver for a 15 euro cab ride about 2 miles to the terminal.  We probably could have run across the runways, but we decided we didn’t want to be on the news – just yet.

After a short hour and fifteen minute flight, we took a bus to Placa Catalyuna.  The hostel was a short 5 minute walk from the bus stop.  Compared to last week’s hostel, this place was awesome!  We were in a room with 12 beds that were bunked, but there were lockers below each bed – not too shabby.

We had a few hours before we were going to meet up with my friend from high school, so we walked around to find some lunch and check out one of Europe’s largest outdoor markets – La Bouqueria.  It was pretty amazing.  We got some fresh juiced fruit drinks that were awesome and headed back to the hostel to meet Will.

fruitjuice-1498 Fresh Fruit Smoothies

Will took us around to the Barcelona Cathedral and down by the water.  The biggest difference between Barcelona and Rome that stood out to me was how much more modern feeling Barcelona was.  The city itself is much newer than Rome, for a multitude of reasons.  Some being internal civil wars that destroyed parts of the city, others being the shorter history of the area.  Not surprisingly, this brings along more of an American influence with Subways, Burger Kings, and Starbucks on many of the corners in the central part of the city.  Oh, and you can’t forget “Dunkin Coffee” aka Dunkin Donuts!

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