Immediately after school ended, I took off for the Spanish border and
rode the train into Barcelona. I stayed there at el Instituto
Bíblico y Seminario Teológico de España (a.k.a.
IBSTE), by the good graces of my missionary friends, Dave and Penny
Barcelona is an amazing city, especially in terms of architecture. You
start with the remains of a temple dedicated to Caesar Augustus, go down
into the Gothic quarter, through the broad boulevards of the Second
Empire, and all the way up into some fascinating modern structures.
Two World's Fairs have left it with an amazing amount of beautiful
buildings and statuary, and many of the incomparable Antoni
Gaudí's works including his magnum opus, the Temple
Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia also reside therein.
Buildings on the Street
Okay, I should look up the names of these buildings, but all I can say
about them is that they're incredibly cool and they're mostly really
close to Gaudí's Casa Batlló, in an area known as the
Plaza de Discordancia because of all the wild architecture.
Unfortunately Casa Batlló was under serious reconstruction while
I was there, but its neighbors are just as impressive.