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Post-Spain, I’m feelin’ a little blue

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Spain is such a wonderful country. A little rough getting used to the schedule though. Outside of Madrid, everything was seriously closed from 2-5 every afternoon. I never had an excuse not to take a nap. Those siestas were awesome. The wine is plentiful and inexpensive. The jamón is amazing. I really ought to whip up a list of places I went to while I was there:

I went for the Goya Black Paintings. They’re fantastic. Fight with Clubs was probably my favorite.

There was an awesome Antonin Artaud exhibit. Nothing else there really sparked my interest much.

I was so hungover that I don’t remember it. Mostly because I blew through it so I could get to the gift shop to buy a bottle of water.

I can’t explain how mind-blowing this cathedral is. It’s worth seeing in person.

How this thing is still standing is beyond me. It provides some nice shade and it looks cool. I’m not a history, architecture or art buff so that’s really all I can say about it. It’s an imposing structure.

Pretty neat if a bit touristy. The view from the top is amazing.

I don’t like Art Nouveau or Art Deco but they have some amazing stained glass windows, including a ceiling. There is a huge exhibit of creepy dolls. No me gusta.

Going up into the tower is pretty wicked. Crossing the cathedral from 150 ft. up is vertigo inducing, but beautiful.

Impressive structure, but a little too modern for my tastes. I’ll stick with the Cathedrals of Toledo and Salamanca.

Sure it was innovative architecturally speaking, but man, it’s fucking ugly. This seemed to be a trend in Barcelona.

Notice how it’s ‘Museu’ instead of ‘Museo’? Because Barcelona is in Catalonia, and they don’t speak Spanish (well, they can, but they don’t). It’s Catalan, everywhere. Also, Picasso was great up until he got all crazy with the cubism. I loved seeing all his notebook doodles. Seriously, they have napkins that he drew on with crayons framed. You do see how his style moved from his teens until he died, so it’s really worth checking out.

I could have spent two more hours in the Dali museum. It was wild.

I’ll probably make a few more posts about Spain in the near future regarding the nightlife, the food and some other random junk that I found interesting but doesn’t fit with anything else.

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