I’m Not a Football Fan or Sports Fan in general. Yes, that includes cricket. I know I’m in the micro-minority of people here who don’t like cricket being an Indian. I booked a ticket of the match between Barca (FC Barcelona) and Athletic Bilbao in La Liga league at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona because of the persuasion by my brother. I had an unique experience watching the Football Match in the largest stadium i.e. Camp Nou in Europe with a capacity of more than 100,000 spectators.
My flight lands in Barcelona before scheduled time. Unlike Amsterdam, most people speak No to little English in Barcelona. I learnt few spanish words such as Hola, gracias, por favor, perdon, lo siento, vamos… just to get by. Apart from Spanish, Catalan is also the official language of Catalonia region. Barcelona is capital of Catalonia. Everything is written in Catalan and Spanish only. Even the train announcements were in Spanish and Catalan only. I catch a train from airport to Passeig de Gracia station. After getting down at Passeig de Gracia station, I decided to walk for 20 minutes to my host’s place instead of taking a metro. While walking the streets i get familiar with city’s Infrastructure which is quite different from Amsterdam. It was cold but nowhere near Amsterdam. This is one of the reasons why i choose Barcelona with Amsterdam because of its relatively less cold weather. After reaching the neighbourhood, I asked directions from a shopkeeper. The guy told me to wait while he attends the customer and surprisingly he went along with me to locate the building. He was trying to say something about his culture in broken English but stopped as we arrived at my host’s building. I thanked him and we bid adieu. I forgot the flat number. Luckily, I rang the right bell out of two possible options. As mentioned by the host earlier there’s no lift available in the building. I had to carry my extra heavy (thanks to the amsterdam shopping) luggage all the way to 4th floor. I was really tired. Since i had few hours in hand. I took a nap or as they say in Spain: “Siesta.”
|The Guy Must Be Thinking “Why He’s Taking Our Picture While All The Action Is In front!|
BARCA Vs ATHLETIC BILBAO