Catalan language, Barcelona
the capital of catalunya and a proudest region to it's inhabitants. along the path yu only ear them, speaking catalan, their oficcial language instead of spanish wich is spoken throu' out spain.
but very kind people and all the way, they talk back in any language yu're fancy with.
portuguese, english mostly.
Favorite thing: Barcelona is one of the biggest cities in Spain, but it is not what you typically think of when you think of Spain. There are no bullfights (it was banned in the city a while ago) and the only flamenco shows you'll see are the ones targetted towards tourists. Barcelona is the capital of the province of Catalonia, and since Catalonia was once an independent nation, it has retained many of its own cultural traditions. Catalan is the main language (similar to Castillian Spanish and French), and the music, dance, and food are mostly Catalan rather than Spanish. However, it is a big cosmopolitan city where many people and cultures come together, so if you don't speak Catalan or Castellano, it is not difficult to find someone who can speak English. Also, along with the city skyscrapers and unique architecture by Gaudi, there are also beaches.
This tip is really more about communicating in Barcelona. It has two main languages: Catalan & Castillian. There were a couple of restaruants by the beach though, where after communicating with me in the native languages, the waiter broke into English-at just the right time!
Another reason to love Barcelona.
Fondest memory: Based on this tip, it's gotta be the people-including the most beautiful cabdriver I ever met. I forget her name, as I'm sure she's forgotten all about me, but if you ever get a friendly blonde lady with a dazzling smile while in Barcelona, tell her Steve says hi!
The history of Barcelona is closely linked to that of the Catalan nation and the Catalan language. The language is an evolution of Latin, and is more similar to Provencal French than Castilian Spanish.
There are also very strong Catalan traditions, cultures and identity, making the people feel much more like Catalans than spanish.
In the 13th and 14th centuries there was a great Catalan expancion throughout the Mediterranean area. Today you can still see the traces of both Catalan commercial and military, in places like Sicily, Malta, Sardinia and even Athens.
The town of Las Ramblas and the former host of the Olympics. Second largest city in Spain where the dominant tongue is Catalan. A mixture of Spanish and French. Although Spanish is always spoken since it is mandatory to learn in the country. This is a photo of the magnum port which houses many clubs in its upperfloors in addition to a mini golf course and a nice aquarium. Built for the Olympics.
Fondest memory: Spanish guitarrists playing in the night while sitting at a tapas bar with friends.