BARCELONA – Our neighborhood, L’Eixample, is home to a number of Spanish/Catalan icons. It’s easy to instruct taxis to our homes once we mention this thing.
La sagrada familia

Our apartment/hotel is about a block away from La Sagrada Familia. According to Lonely Planet, Antoni Gaudi’s cathedral has been under construction for the last century.

#kvpspain : Checking out #barcelona 's bullfighting ring. Woot! #fb
We also stumbled on another Spanish tradition, La Monumental. Barcelona’s bull ring is now the Museu Tauri.

The ban on bullfighting in Catalonian started this year. The Guardian had a great, informative report on the last bullfight in Barcelona, including some of the politics behind the ban.

It felt thrilling to walk into the ring, where matadors faced off against bulls.
We paid less than 10 euros for tickets. We climbed up the stadium seats. We stared at “suits of lights” worn by matadors. We walked under mounted heads of bulls. Some had missing ears. Those were prizes for matadors who fought bravely, according to museum notations.

Museu Tauri

On our first night in Spain, we cheered on FC Barcelona against Madrid inside a tapas bar. The game ended with a tie.

During half-time, Spanish football reporters interviewed Magic Johnson. Yes, the one from the LA Lakers. I had no idea what they were talking about… I think he was answering back in English. It looks like he was in Madrid for the game.

Either way, kinda awesome to see California sports royalty on live Spanish TV.

Good times.

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