The Ins & Outs of La Rambla


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.

IMG_1807This was a bench made out of skateboards, extremely creative!


The skate ramp in the back!

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.

IMG_0360What 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!


Barcelona fans were devastated to see a loss last night against Munich. Thomas Mueller had scored twice, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben had one coal each but the score ended up 4-0 Bayern Munich. It was the first leg of the ChampionLeague semifinal, which is not a good look for everyones favorite futbol team. Munich took advantage of that fact that Lionel Messi was not in attendance, although some are saying him being there might not of made such a difference.

Barcelona Bayern Munich

“And so this Barcelona generation comes full circle. That, at least, is the conclusion many were drawing immediately after this astonishing defeat. For many this represented the end of an era. That conclusion is premature but there was a kind of seductive logic to it. Few teams have been as aware of their place in the club’s history as this one and, even at their lowest moment, there was a certain symbolism, a symmetry.

Barcelona equalled their worst ever European result, their worst result for well over a decade. They also equalled the result that Barcelona fans will never forget, from 18 May 1994. The Dream Team were the model that Pep Guardiola said all subsequent Barcelona teams sought to emulate. This generation had done so in just about every way; perhaps all that was left was to do so in defeat too.

The Dream Team’s most famous victory, the one that defined them, was a 5-0 victory over Real Madrid; their most famous defeat, the one that brought it all crashing down, was the 4-0 hammering at the hands of Milan in the European Cup final in Athens. This generation’s single most famous victory, the one that Xavi Hernández cites as their best performance, was a 5-0 victory over Real Madrid; could this 4-0 defeat be the one that brings it all tumbling down?

On the face of it the suggestion is an absurd one. They still have Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Xavi. They have not suddenly become bad players. This weekend Barcelona could clinch the league title in what could yet be a record-breaking campaign. They have a 13-point lead over Real Madrid.

But as the sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, sarcastically noted this week, it can feel as if the league does not matter: he described it as a “clandestine tournament played between Champions League ties”. It is also a competition in which Madrid admitted defeat and abdicated early. And in 1994 Barcelona had won the league too – just days before going to Athens.

Barcelona were favourites in that year; they had just won a fourth successive league title. But some players admit that they were shattered, running on empty. That feeling will resonate now. They were torn apart in 1994 and here, too, there could be no arguments. “They gave us a drubbing,” Gerard Piqué admitted. “They were quicker than us and better than us. There are no excuses.”

There was barely a shot on goal from a Barcelona side who rarely escaped their own half and, if some Catalans could complain about the referee, three possible handballs were ignored that might have brought the home side penalties.

Despite that fatigue, defeat in 1994 – in a final, not a semi-final – still came as a gigantic surprise. This time it did not. Few foresaw a defeat like this but, for possibly the first time since 2008, they went into a European game not as favourites. Xavi had admitted before this match that Bayern were playing the best football in Europe at the moment. “We have been defeated by a great team,” Víctor Valdés said.

Bayern are a hugely impressive side and this was a brilliant performance. If Barcelona are genuinely in decline, it may be that the team best placed to take over from them are the German champions. What the world witnessed last night had the feeling of a changing of the guard.

Bayern, remember, should have won last season’s Champions League, will be strengthened by the arrival of Mario Götze in the summer and have none other than Guardiola waiting to coach them.

It is no coincidence that they will surely now play their third final in four years; nor that they have wrapped up the Bundesliga, scored six in each of their past two league games and have a cup final to look forward to. Perhaps any team would have been put to the sword like this on Tuesday night, not just Barcelona.

Barcelona certainly contributed to their demolition, though. Defeat was coming; the warning signs were there. Beaten in Glasgow, beaten in Milan, two draws against Paris Saint-Germain. Beaten, too, by Real Madrid domestically – twice in a week, the second time against what was effectively Madrid’s reserves.

There will be those calling for a change in identity and style. The identity is not necessarily the problem, although it has been modified this season; its implementation is and there are extenuating factors. There must also be questions asked about the planning and the significance of Guardiola’s departure: both it terms of its impact and its motivation. It as been suggested that he could see some of the vices slipping in.

Some of the problems are structural, some incidental. There have been mistakes, bad luck and worse luck. Their coach, Tito Vilanova, and the centre-back Eric Abidal have had cancer. Barcelona were without the centre-backs Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Adriano, and the latter two are converts anyway. They signed Alex Song and presented him as a centre-back but the experiment proved far from convincing.

Their vulnerability at the back has been screaming them in the face for months. They have come from behind 15 times this season: that says something of their character and quality but it also says something that they had to. The squad is short and the team has become clear: Vilanova saw little on his bench on Tuesday night that he thought could change the game. His passivity was startling. There has not been anyone to provide what Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry provided.

Barcelona looked tired. Maybe any team would against the sheer speed and intensity of Bayern but this has been detectable for some time. This, put simply, is not a fit team at the moment. Sergio Busquets, struggling with a pelvic injury, could not cover his usual territory. Even Iniesta, the one person to try to open Bayern up, lacked freshness. Few looked as tired as Messi, the man around whom the team had built: there was no acceleration, no invention, and the game flew past him. Statistics showed that he ran four and a half kilometres less than Xavi. He could not run any more.”


Every since the Romans took control of Catalunya in 210 B.C it was obvious to see the similarities within the architecture. The romans designs have a large impact on how buildings and monuments throughout Barcelona were built.Image

Fabulous Field Studies!


The Jewish Quarter

The jewish quarter, also known as El Call is located in Roman Barcelona. This part of Barcelona is very hidden and often goes by unrecognized by visitors due to its narrow streets. These streets wrap around the Cathedral of La Seu, Plaça Jaume and Plaça del Pi. The location is almost hidden, and one would not know what it was if imagesthey were just walking around. For example I have been there prior to the field study but since it is not a “touristy” place i was unaware it was the Jewish quarter. I was very excited and interested when visiting the Jewish quarter since I am a member of the jewish faith. El Call was created in the 11th century,  the Jews came to Barcelona during the 9th century. It was very common for the Jewish people to exchange a variation of goods of their own to make a living. This was a huge influence in the emergence of Barcelona as a trading port of international significance doing the medieval period. By doing this they would be able to earn money to support their families. The Jewish quarter was unfortunately attacked in1391 by the Castilians. This lead to the death of many Jewish civilians. The Jewish quarter todayis still a well structured community.

El Born

El Born is a very beautiful area and one of my favorite parts of Barcelona. The architecture is very interesting and the fact that it has so much history to it is very intriguing.

My favorite part of El Born is all the graffiti:


Another cool part about El Born are the guilds. The guilds, also known as “Els Gremis” are workshops. Each guild if different and cool in there own way and has there own history. These guilds were the core of Barcelona’s economic life, they would try to accommodate fair prices for both the customers and owners. Men would learn the ins and outs of trade and would eventually gain the skills to become craftsmen. The guilds opened up a lot of different opputunities for jobs. Each guild set the rights of workers and would supervise their training while enforcing quality control. This being said the guilds held many responsibilities but also had powers with the city laws. The guilds lasted from the 13th century to the 19th century. The guilds influenced Barcelona socially, economically & politically. All of the work that took place in these guilds were done by hand until the 18th century after World War Two when plastic was invented. The invention of plastic had a negative impact on the guilds which was unfortunate. Due to this the guilds to not have as much power as they once had.

El Raval


El Raval is a great neighborhood with tons of interesting history. I was happy when our class went on a field trip to this neighborhood because it is very close to my apartment. I have always walked around this area and little did I know how much history was really behind it. Over the past couple of years El Raval has changed drastically, in the past it used to be known for drug dealing and prostitution it was a very bad area. Crime was very common and it was not a safe area for families. Eventually the government recognized these issues where they added social services such as libraries, schools, hospitals and nurseries. They also added parks. By adding all of these places and services automatically the area improved and it is continuing to improve. Today it is very common for families to spend the day in this area along with skateboarders boarding down the narrow roads. As long as people continue to respect the area it will remain a nice environment.