Kicked out at the library.

It took me a while but I feel like I am finally figuring Barcelona out. I keep on discovering new places that I enjoy a lot, especially in El Raval, a city quarter that is on the verge of becoming hip. I am torn between the obligation of sitting down over the thesis and exploring more things, so today essentially became something in between- including two libraries, quality time at the bookshop where I would like to buy everything and time at the adjacent café where they serve fantastic Café Latte along with the much-loved wireless fidelity. Dutifully carrying my laptop, I was able to work in all of those places and still enjoy the vibrance of the day- Saturdays in Barcelona are full of life and people flock to the streets- a harsh difference to Sundays when the entire place shuts down and close shops are lined with disappointed tourists who then proceed to eat paella on the Ramblas and wash it down with Sangria. As cliché as it gets.

Spot on.

The last days have full of sunshine, the official act of putting my winter coat back into my suitcase and reasonable productivity. All that needs improvement now is the social life, which dramatically lacks behind the rest. Must be the headphones that prevent me from making friends- if only they would stop releasing good music…

Luckily I have photography to keep me company. Here are two more pictures from last week- I somehow never uploaded them.

Take your pick.

Take a pick. Seen in Barceloneta.

Up up and away.

Open-air escalators! Take a deep breath.