Barkeno. Barcino. BARCELONA.

Things I learned in Barça: Don’t speak too loudly in American English. Avoid walking around alone after 11 PM. 4 out of 5 people you meet will be tourists. They may not want to admit it, but the Catalunyans can speak Spanish (if necessary). Karma is very powerful. And large Finnish guys like to wear tiny boxer-briefs to bed. All of these and more will be explained to you in the following posts.

Quick Wikipedia facts: Founded in the 3rd century B.C., Barcelona is currently the capital of Catalunya and seat of the Catalan government (Generalitat de Catalunya), the 2nd largest city in Spain, the 6th most populous urban area in the E.U., Europe’s largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, the 16th-most-visited city in the world and the 4th most visited in Europe (after Paris, London, & Rome), the 4th richest city by GDP in the E.U. and 35th richest in the world, and the 7th most important fashion capital in the world. Also, the city is Europe’s 4th best business city and fastest improving European city.

It also has the best fútbol team in the world, FC Barcelona, and the largest stadium in Europe, Camp Nou, with a capacity for 100,000 screaming fans. Additionally, the language spoken in Barcelona is called Catalan (kind of a mix of French and Spanish, but it’s its own distinct language).

Still awake? Cool. Well, I just wanted to give a little intro to this SPECTACULAR, AMAZING city while I organize my thoughts so I can start writing about it all. Until then, sit tight!


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