No two days in Barcelona are alike, but today was especially out of the ordinary. Usually, my roommates and I plan our days beforehand, but today (one of our last weekdays in Barcelona), we each went our separate ways for the afternoon.
I decided I
wanted needed to spend the day at La Boqueria, Barcelona’s infamous food market. If you know one thing about me, you should know that I have a serious obsession with food markets. (Click here to read about my trip to St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Canada.) La Boqueria boasts stalls overflowing with vibrant produce, colorful smoothies and juices, intimidating-looking meats, perhaps the freshest seafood I have ever seen (and smelled), neatly piled pyramids of spices, and candies so intricate and bright they look more like plastic toys than food.
I have visited La Boqueria a few times before today, but I was with a group of friends, and I felt rushed and pressured to stay glommed onto everyone else. Today, I was (actually) a kid in a candy store. I stopped wherever/whenever I wanted to take pictures, buy a fruit smoothie (my recommendation: mint and coconut) or sample foods. (Yes, sampling is a thing at La Boqueria – kind of like Sam’s Club or Costco, but a lot more fun…and in Catalan.)
Tomorrow, my group is headed to Figueres and Girona. I think I am most excited for this day trip – both cities look gorgeous, and we get to visit the Dali Museum in Figueres.
I can’t believe this is my last weekend in Barça. On Wednesday, we transfer to Madrid for the final stretch of the trip!
All photos are my own.