Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Day 4 Mercat de la boqueria

We started out the day like always with breakfast, shopping and sightseeing and finally got to take in some sights of Barcelona.






Babette told us about this wonderful market in Barcelona that only sells food and drink and because favorite hobby is eating, I was really excited to go there.
To say it was packed is an understatement. Between holding my purse tight and trying to see everything, I was busy but I did get to start the whole thing off by going to the bathroom then eating a donut at Dunkin Donuts. In Barcelona, they do not have public restrooms and most of the times they only have one bathroom for the whole restaurant and that is for both men and women. So if you want to use the restroom you have to buy something, hence the donut!
After the delicious donut that cost me 1,70 we went directly to a fruit stand that was selling large cups of fruit for 2 euro. We got mangos and strawberries and chowed that down.
The way this place is set up is like a maze, so we just started going up and down and across so we could see everything.
 
This place is crazy! You just don't know where to look first and some of the stuff they display is downright nasty but most of what you see is delicious and very, very expensive. I saw a big stand that has the most beautiful chocolates displayed but when I saw that they wanted 68 euros for a pound of Florentinas I said, "No thank you!"
 
There were several stands where you could have them cook for you, but with 5 of us there was no way we were going to find a place to sit down, so we just gawked at peoples' plates and kept on going. 

 
By the way, you can also see that we were already shopping before we came so we had to watch those bags like a hawk, too. I just kept seeing myself chasing down a mugger while stepping on my dress and my boobs falling out. 
After we passed most of the stands people were starting to close shop and clean, so there was fish water all over the floor and other nasty stuff. We decided to go get something to eat and out of all the wonderful things that they sold there, I picked the most disgusting meal and paid 10 euros for it! 
It said "organic" on the front but what I got was neon colored rice, so I think that these Spaniards were full of shit.
That, my friends, is supposed to be an "effing" taco; instead, it looks like the rainbow threw up on my plate. 
I had so many things to choose from and I got this?  Made me want to smack myself in the face!
After we left and walked out of the marketplace, we saw Marilyn Monroe dancing by herself on a balcony and next to it her was an erotic museum. 
We finally headed back to our place to get ready for our Rumba and Sardine night. Babette found this place on the Internet and it was a total insider tip that no one knew about except for a select few.  What we didn't realize at the time was that we were going to be the only foreigners there since this was as secret as a "secret knock".
In typical girl fashion, we debated on what to wear and finally decided to get semi-dressed up because it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. 
 
So, let me tell you about this incredible place that is in the middle of nowhere and not even the taxi driver knew where it was:
When you get there, you hike up a small hill and see picnic tables and beer cases to sit on. There is a view of the docks and you see the planes passing by; it smells like pine because it is in the middle of the woods and for the first time in days, we had quiet. 
 
We paid 25 euros for 3 bottles of wine and all-you-can-eat fish, bread and olives and everything was so good that I ate till I wanted to explode. 
 






Just so you understand how crazy it was that we were there: the band played a song for us and made us dance in front of everybody else because we were the Alemania Chickas!!!
So. we danced and everybody danced with us and it was really special and something I will remember forever. 
At the table next to us, there were 5 women who were dancing their asses off and when I gave them the thumbs up, I got yanked off my beer crate and was forced to shake my rump, and boy did I!
And then something hilarious happened. The girls that I had been dancing with asked me in English if I was german and when I said "yes",  Maria answered me in perfect German. LOL!  The world is a strange and very small place and meeting the Spanish equivalent to the gossip girls was awesome.
So, let me tell you what fish, dancing and three bottles of wine can do to you:

Before
 After

 
It was a fantastic night that I can't wait to repeat, but I can't tell you where we went because it's top secret and only a select few are allowed to know about it.

Highlights of the night:
Carlos the taxi driver drove a cab that smelled like strawberry shortcake
Random dude going down the hill in the middle of the night on a skateboard
I found the skirt I had been hunting for at a great price and it feels like I am wearing a cloud.
I gave a radio interview and said the word amazing about 20 times in 5 sentences; that dude probably thought I was on crack but it ended up being our favorite word.
The Barcelona Gossips gave us a ride back down the hill, and then Nicole forced everyone to take a picture that she kept calling, at the top of her lungs, a "selfie"!

The next day we decided to go to the city beach and watch the horrendous USA-Germany World Cup Soccer game.

 


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