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: