(Reminder that Rusty doesn’t use capitals or punctuation. Sorry)
We were pretty tired and slept later than we thought. We woke up and rushed out the door to experience Barcelona. It was hotter than we thought. Tara wore her cute blue and white dress and the best part was a built in bra which meant less layers! We walked out of our hotel and began to explore. Our first stops were some Gaudi houses. First was Casa Batlo, which we just saw from outside.
Spain is a very liberal place. As evidenced by the porch across from the crowded rooftop where a topless woman enjoyed her coffee.
The attic was amazing with over 400 brick arches.
And then we were starving. We had to trek across town and went to Brunch and Cake which we had heard from the Crapos was amazing for breakfast. There was a wait, but we were really glad we did. It was so crowded and busy. We sat at a tiny short table by the door. It was perfect.
They were out of the smoothies and ham and eggs that Tara wanted, oh well I guess we’ll just have to go back. The Avocado toast had strawberries and granola and coconut and was covered in lots of avacado. Tara had a chicken nacho sandwich with a delicious sauce. And then was the nutella pancakes that really just tasted like cake. It was SO MUCH food. Good thing we didn’t order the extra cakes we originally wanted. I was finally getting my appetite back and just in time. I was starving and it did not disappoint. The waiter was so busy, there is like 1 waiter for the entire place. (Alex told us the service in spain is sh*t) We asked him if he played diner dash and he laughed at us. (although he had time to flirt with the girls at the next table).
Afterward we were walking through town to go see Santa Maria Del Mar and the streets are just so pretty. I remember one narrow street with these trees that they have everywhere that have orange blossoms so the blossoms were quietly raining down, it was beautiful.
We went to the basilica Santa Maria to look around and we did and it was great and then come to find out that I took Tara to the wrong Santa Maria. This was del Pi and we were looking for Del Mar (by the sand).
Another church, another nap
The guided tour was great and we got to hear a lot about the city and see panoramic views. I remember the most being surprised at how close the port was back then, this was the church that would great people as they would get off the ships.
Navigating was fun, only Tara had a data plan and so her phone could plot directions but what actually worked well is in google I could download a section of map for offline use, so that, coupled with GPS, I could at least get around.
The event wasn’t far from the hotel, at the Mobile One center. And it was well done. Startup Grind Barcelona.
Afterwards Carolina from Atomico spoke and Tara says she was “riveting”. I didn’t love the interview format but it was still good. We mingled. And we met awesome people! Ivan from the “American Society”. He invited us to a party the next night. Then Fela from another startup called Buengo where you sell things around the house and donate the proceeds. He invited us to a party! Alex invited us to dinner. It was like making friends in a foreign country. And Tara was giving great advice to entrepreneurs who were asking great questions. We joked that everyone was looking for developers.
You can see me, Tara, and Fele in the background
We ate empanadas and mingled for awhile and then we were ready to leave and go eat real dinner, but too bad we were locked in the building. After a good laugh, we found another way out.
We went down by the cathedral and found a tapas place (Bilbao Berria)
where you just go pick up your tapas from the bar and then you keep track of the sticks and that’s how they know how much to charge you. It was pretty good, but not our very favorite. I liked the Gespatcho. And there was lots of bread.
We were exhausted! Another day walking all over barcelona.