When people come to visit the beautiful city of Barcelona one of the first things they are told to do is to spend the day on La Rambla. La Rambla is a street located in Barcelona. It is considered to be a series of shorter streets. As you walk up and down the road there is never a dull moment. It is filled with lively people and tons of excitement. Along with all the excitement there are endless amounts of shops and restaurants. Although there is a lot of history behind the main street of La Rambla and it is the number one tourist spot, there are outside streets surrounding La Rambla that go unrecognized but in reality are extremely interesting.
My apartment here in Barcelona is located off Gran Via close to Universitat. A couple weeks into my abroad experience we realized the fastest way to walk to La Rambla was through this one street. As we were walking through we were pleased to see the different shops we were passing. They were all vintage thrift shops filled with a variety of shirts, pants, shoes, jewelry and bags all for cheap and reasonable prices! All of these stores are different and unique. My favorite part about these shops is that once you purchase a shirt or a pair of shoes they are yours and only yours. It is very uncommon for these articles of clothing to be duplicated due to the fact that these are thrift shops.
Another great aspect to these roads are all the bars. Most of these bars are hidden and go unnoticed. One of my favorite bars ive seen is Nevermind. This bar is something like ive never seen before. You walk in and initially get a different vibe than any other bar. The crowd is very young and hip. As I continued to walk in, I realized there were a lot of skate boarders. When I got to the back I saw something that ive never seen before, a skate ramp inside the bar. This was extremely intrigued by this aspect and thought it was brilliant. After I saw this everything else started to come together, all of the furniture was made of skateboards, which was very creative. When getting a drink they serve you unlimited popcorn. Unlimited is always a plus in an establishment like this.
There are endless amounts of little food places all throughout these streets. A popular candy place is named Happy Pills. Happy Pills is a candy store. All of the candy is put into little medicine containers. It is very creative. The way it is set up looks almost like a medical lab it’s very cool. They have different sizes of containers and cute stickers to choose to put on the bottles. Another one of my favorite places is the Poppcorner. This place serves all different types of popcorn, which I felt was a very original idea. There are flavors I have never seen before and it was great to be able to try each option. Along with these small food stands there are a number of restaurants and tapas bars to just have a nice meal at.
My all time favorite part of these areas is the graffiti. It is outstanding how many different creations i have seen my time here. Every piece of art is different than the next. I have always loved graffiti, but never had as much respect as I did for it until I came here. In america graffiti is looked at more as a crime, and dirty. Here it is art and it is beautiful. Each shop has a different design on the pull down door for when the store is closed. Each piece is different from the next, I think this adds character to each store and the over all street.
What ive mainly learned about all of these roads throughout La Rambla is that you cannot plan on where you will go. You have to let the wind blow you in any direction it chooses. Whichever direction you go in and wherever way you walk it is guaranteed you will find an interesting place to hangout, shop and just enjoy Barcelona! It is nearly impossible to be in Barcelona and not have a great day, every day is different than the next and this city continues to surprise me. Whether it means spending the day at the beach, in the city or La Rambla it will be a great time!