I don’t speak a lot of Spanish (taco, enchilada, chile relleno, and perhaps most importantly, cerveza), but I do know pretty much how to pronounce things . . . except apparently in Barcelona. Here, the “s” is pronounced as a “th” sound, resulting in some potentially harrowing situations.
For instance, I was practicing this rather unique Barcelona-ism in case I had to say something in the local Spanish (Catalon is the predominant language here, but good luck getting me to try that) when I noticed Ursula was about to make a major misstep.
I hurredly said, “Wath out. Dog thit.”
By the time she asked, “What?” it was far too late.
Ursula and I had been to Barcelona twice previous to this occasion, so I didn’t really take many photographs this time of the city. Rather, I was eagerly waiting for something we hadn’t done before — the interior of Antoni Gaudí’s incredible Sagrada Familia. That will be the subject of an upcoming three-part series with Parts 2 and 3 focusing on the unbelievable interior.
Meanwhile, below is today’s slideshow of Barcelona. Watch for the Arc de Triomf, the Torre Agbar Tower, the bustling and crowded Las Rambla pedestrian mall, a very interesting guard house, and other sights of Barcelona:
4 responses to “Barthelona ith in Thpain”
one of my favorite places :)! like coming back there 🙂
Great photos as always, Doug. Torre Agbar bears an uncanny resemblance to London’s Gherkin a.k.a. Swiss Re Tower. Same architect (Norman Foster) probably.
I, too, was struck by the simularity. It turns out however that Torre Agbar was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. I now know that because I just looked it up. ;o)
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