Barcelona, a Photographer’s Journal
EUROPE, CITY / OCTOBER 25, 2016
PHOTOGRAPHER’S JOURNAL : BARCELONA , SPAIN
This story is from my friend Michael Nussbaumer, who is traveling the world with his camera. Thanks Michael!
I arrived in Barcelona through a bablacar.com shared ride from Madrid. I stayed with some friends I’d met during my time in Padua, Italy. We strolled the streets, went to the beach and visited Mont Juic. We visited a gathering/demonstration for the restitution of an unused complex of buildings to the local community. We saw some museums. Besides that we, of course, had some delicious food, beers and wine as the weather was inviting already. It’s a lovely city, one where I would happily live. It has history and at the same time is contemporary. At that time there was some expectation about the demand for independence from Spain and most of my friends were avid separatists, so we talked a lot about it. Barcelona is a city with lots of political activity going on and a strong street movement, DIY politics. Besides that, graffiti is to be found in many places and it just reinforces the feeling that below the touristic industry there’s a strong movement that wishes to reclaim the public space and the city itself to their own citizens, instead of focusing on tourism that leads to the loss of the very characteristics that made the city internationally loved.
Catalonia’s flag in a window.
Contra means “against.”
The photographer, Michael.
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