Visions of Barcelona Jan 2014
A combination of the endless, driving English rain and the fact I had to use up some hotel vouchers dictated that a trip abroad was needed. Barcelona seemed the obvious choice. so flights were hastily booked and Jib and I found ourselves on a flight to the bmx/skate mecca.
I had been to Barcelona only once before, back in college without my bike. So I was pretty excited to be finally taking a trip there with it. The number of spots is truly un-believable. Every street has a ledge or a bank or some other weird and wonderful feature.
This to me has to be the most iconic bmx spot in the world so I was pretty blown away to finally see it in person. The size and scale of them is mind blowing. Jib going mach 10 above.
We were staying just round the corner from La Sagrada Famíli, pretty amazing place to wake up next to for a few days.
We visited Gaudi’s Park_Güell and the hill nearby has the most amazing view over Barcelona.
A man named Robert was playing steel slide blues on top of the hill in stark contrast to the romantic Spanish guitar music being played through-out the gardens nearby.
The Olympic park is one of the places I remember being stunned by last time I visited. This time the weather really put on a good show for us as day turned into night.
We had the place pretty much to ourselves minus a few local Spanish kids using it as a make-out spot. We had been dodging the rain all day, but this meant we got the Hollywood wet floor reflections and stormy picturesque skies for miles.
I am sure this photo has been taken 1000x times before but it really is a lovely piece of architecture.
As the sun set it was time to head back into town and find out what the night had in store.
The weekend was over and it was time to head back to reality minus my phone which had been pick pocketed. I knew it was sketchy out there, but I couldn’t believe just how bad it was…
Anyone who hasn’t been to Barcelona, whether they ride BMX or not should make the trip. Just be wary of the thieves… I knew it was bad, but believe the hype! A guy speaking in a British accent from Manchester distracted me and then some kids managed to get my phone out my pocket in a split second. Be safe!