Saturday, September 08, 2007

A summer afternoon in Barcelona city

Etter å ha vært på stranda en hel dag tok vi sykkeldrosje opp til bydelen Borne. Carlos fra Tenerife var sjåføren vår. Han har bodd i Barcelona de siste syv årene og snakket om hvordan byen har forandret seg i takt med den økte turismen. Han satte ord på noe vi selv har lagt merke til de siste årene; at byen ligner mer og mer en attraksjonspark for voksne som vil spise tapas, shoppe og være kulturell. For hver nye tapas bar som popper opp mister byen dessverre noe av sin opprinnelige sjarm. Heldigvis er det en stor by og mange bydeler har fortsatt sin autentisitet.

After being on the beach a whole day we took a bike cab to the part of the city called Borne. Carlos from Tenerife was our chauffeur. He has lived in Barcelona the last seven years and talked about how the city has changed in pace with the increased tourism. He put words to something that we have been noticing ourselves the last years; that the city resembles more and more an amusement park for grownups that want to eat tapas, go shopping and be “cultural” .Fortunately the city is big and have lots of areas that still have its authenticity intact.


Vi stakk innom Sagardi for et par pinchos og litt xacoli (baskisk muserende vin). Det var tidlig på ettermiddagen og ikke noe problem å finne ledig plass ved bardisken. Derimot var det et problem å begrense seg til kun et par pinchos. På baskiske tavernaer står godbitene på utstilling, og man betaler ikke før etter at maten er spist og tannpirkerne er telt.

We went by Sagardi for a couple of pinchos and some Xacoli (Basque sparkling wine). It was early in the afternoon so we didn't have a problem in finding space along the bar. However, we did have a problem with limiting ourselves to only eat a couple of pinchos. On Basque taverns the goodies are lined up on trays, and you don't pay until after the food is consumed and the toothpicks have been counted.
Origen 99,9% var desverre fullt, men vi gjør et nytt forsøk neste gang vi er i Barcelona.

Origen 99,9% was unfortunately completely booked, but we will go back next time we're in Barcelona.
Vi endte opp ved "La Vinya del Señor" hvor vi fikk anbefalt to fantastisk gode viner, samt ost og serrano skinke som tilbehør. En rolig kveld ved St. Anas plass.

We ended up at "La Vinya del Señor" where we were recommended to fantastic vines together with cheese and Serrano ham. A quiet evening at Plaza de St. Ana

4 comments:

  1. Jeg får helt lyst til at komme på ferie, når jeg læse din skønne rejsebeskrivelse. knus Mette

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  2. Oh, that sounds great... So nice to just wander around. I lived just outside Barcelona for three months seven years ago, now I'm curious to go back and see what you say has changed. Looks like you had some nice weather in the end! Lovely holiday. :)

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  3. Mette du får bli med på ferie neste gang ;-)

    Caroline; Where outside of Barcelona did you live??? It must have been so nice to be able to be there for three whoe months.

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  4. Barcelona is a city by the Mediterranean Sea where I lived most of my life.
    I like to live here. I like Mediterranean way of life: culture, climate, people, and food...
    Even if since 2002 I have been living outside Spain, I like to go back to Barcelona at least once a month. I usually stay at Barcelona hotels and breathe Mediterranean, because I need it air from time to time :)

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