Our apartment (for this first month) is in the Barcelona neighborhood of Sant Antoni.
Sant Antoni is hip and cool and a little gritty and dodgy at the same time. For our Columbus friends, think South Clintonville or Old Towne East. There’s graffiti on the walls, but we like to think of that as a medium for brilliant but struggling artists.
We’ve only been here a few days but its already beginning to feel like home. Isn’t it crazy how you can get attached to a neighborhood when you walk the streets, make a couple of trips to the local panaderia (Spanish for bakery) to buy a baguette; and the mercat (Catalan for market) for cheese, wine and fruit. Somehow they are no longer just streets, or a bakery or a market, but they are your streets, your bakery and your market.
And, we have an elementary school and church that is literally in our courtyard. See the little video. We hear the bells for mass ring and the children play at recess. Noisy and raucous, but also full of life.
Seriously, this place is great. We won’t be able to stay in this apartment for the full year, it’s not big enough to accommodate guests, but it was a great launching point into Barcelona. Here are a few short videos to enjoy. More to come.