Sunday, 16 November 2008

the joys of living in Barcelona

What with the stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, cosmopolitan vibe, shops, monuments, parks, the football club, the festivals, and the state of the art public transport, it's easy to forget that one of the attractions of the Catalan Capital is the 2kms of sandy sea front.

Taking a break from our lesson planning this afternoon, we strolled the 500 yards or so from Ilse's flat in Pouble Nou down to the beach, past busy skate ramps and basketball hoops. While not as packed as it must be in the summer, the seafront was still well populated with family picnics, courting couples, cyclists, rollerbladers, fishermen, strollers, surfers, sunbathers and swimmers.

Yes you read those last three right. Here in Barcelona the typical weather for November is cloudless blue skies from dawn til dusk. Water temperature a balmy 18 degrees. It's strange to think that while our Northern European neighbours are shivering under slate grey skies, Barcelona is basking in sunshine and it's warm enough for us to go swimming. Which we did.

1 comment:

  1. Wow... I adore Barcelona. I almost moved there earlier this year. Now I'm just jealous of you and your weather.