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March 21, 2007

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Em

I'm so glad you're having a good time. Re: witchcraft museum -- I suspect that whole historical era resonates differently there due to Spain's sometimes celebrated history as the home of the inquisition. I'm still shuddering at the evil vibes of El Escorial outside Madrid.
The food sounds fabulous. Did you see the Columbus statue near the Harbor?

Lee Kottner

I was thinking the same thing about the Inquisition, which only got a little mention in the show too. I suspect it's also filtered through the lens of Catholicism in general, as well, and now all kind of embarrassing. There were pics in the show of priests in the countryside performing ceremonies for protection from around the turn of the 20th century which seem very, uh, quaint, shall we say.
I was on the other side of the harbor from the Columbus statue, but I'm going back to see the maritime museum and ride the cable car across the harbor, so I'll be sure to snap a pic of it then.

Roger

Before I was in Barcelona in 1996, I had been there briefly in the early 70's, near the end of Franco's reign. It was an unhappy, dirty industrial city then.

With democracy and the Olympics, Barcelona became the lovely city it is today. I also found the public transit to be relatively clean and easy to navigate, even though I know very little Spanish and no Castilian.

Have fun. How's the coffee? The best coffee I've ever tasted was at the Hotel California in the Ramblas. Think this was the hotel the Eagles warned us about? I did manage to check out. I guess not.

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