Revving Up For New Year’s In Barcelona!

by Becky on December 31, 2012

in Travel

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My husband and I stepped out today, eager to see what was going on in the city.  Naturally, we started at the famous Boqueria, the enormous market downtown, off the Rambla Catalunya. I needed a couple of things and thought I’d stock up.

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Everyone else in Barcelona thought the same thing!

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So much fun to people watch. And to listen to the languages. I heard Catalan, Spanish, German, English (several different accents!), Italian, French, and other languages whose origins I couldn’t place.

So continental to shop, then sit with family and friends for a bite during merienda.

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After a little refreshment, it’s back to the offerings at the market. Shell fish sound good to anyone?

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A salad to go with?

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Or how about some fruit?

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A little something smooth while you shop?

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Or flavors meant to add zing?

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Don’t forget the heat!

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Or the yum.

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Then off to walk the narrow streets of Gotic to see what’s up. I love this tradition: “Good wishes.” On the trees outside the shops, friends and patrons leave notes with wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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You’re going to be good in 2013, aren’t you? Don’t lie!

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You say your stomach’s growling again? Tapas! Does the trick every time!

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Stay tuned for more New Year’s fun!

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