Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First Night in Barcelona

Tonight was the Spanish equivalent of Christmas Eve since January 6th is Three Kings Day in Spain, which is when the children receive presents and celebrate Christmas. On the eve of Three Kings Day there is a huge parade in Barcelona which we were all excited to see!

After a much needed nap and shower, my room mate and I met up with 8 other girls on the trip around 5pm to explore our surroundings and grab a bite to eat before the parade. We found a nice littler Cervezeria (bar) where we sampled our first tastings of Sangria! We ordered two pitchers for the table which was plenty to drink and came out to about $3 per person. It was honestly the most delicious drink I have EVER tasted!!! So fruity and refreshing! We ordered a few salads and I have a chicken sandwich with fries (so authentic, I know) but the highlight was deifnitely the sangria. Thankfully we also had a waiter who spoke wonderful English and directed us to a great spot to watch the parade at 8pm.

It was raining lightly but we walked around a little bit until we found a spot for the parade near the Placa de Catalunya, a large square in the center of town. It was quite crowded and we had to wait for about an hour for the parade to start but it was worth it!

The parade was so interesting in the way that it reflected the Latin culture. It was like nothing I had ever seen before and I feel really grateful that we arrived in time to experience such a neat event in the Spanish culture. You can see in the pictures the different floats, performers, and snow making machines. Even though it was rainy, it was a beautiful sight to see! The parade definitely made for a very memorable first night.

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