It's the little things that make the fabric of life; it's also the little things that are easily lost as big gestalt impressions become that which we more easily take home for keepers from such travel experiences. So before they get lost from my memory....
La Ramblas, the main drag in Barcelona's Gothic neighborhood, also where our one star hotel was located, was packed like kernels of corn on the cob with kiosks. But not your ordinary American shopping mall kiosks. I had never seen a kiosk full of birds including pigeons, chickens and roosters! Pretty amazing to see the kiosk keeper open his kiosk about 8:00 in the morning and the roosters would start cockadoodling to great the morn.
Starbucks doesn't open till 7:30 a.m.!!
Lunch is from 1:00-4:00.
Dinner is from 9:00-12:00. Hard to find a restaurant to serve dinner before then.
The streets look like pedways and most of the time are just that. But occasionally there is a car or taxi or delivery truck. How do they gain access? Well, those posts that we have in our forest preserves that block motorized traffic are on the equivalent of garage door openers. So the posts recess below street level. You must purchase something to be able to have access to the controlled access streets.
Our ship stateroom has a window! Never knew how excited we'd be to have a window. Hard to go back to an interior room after being able to see outside!