Day 12 - Wednesday 9 September 2015
We had set our alarm to wake up early (well earlier) so we didn't waste half the day.
I stayed in bed a bit later and Jazz went out to find out about hiring bikes and buy more bottled water.
She came back a little while late with delicious juice which I was very grateful for.
We got ready and headed out to the street and walked down La Ramblas. It was still really busy but seemed quieter than previous days.
We felt like something fresh so went to the markets to buy some fruit for breakfast. We got this awesome some fruit tray and also bought espressos for €1 each. They came in these adorable miniature coffee cups, we thought they were so cute.
We had a few things we wanted to do so went to the tourist office to get directions for our adventures. The guy was super helpful and knew everything without having to look it up.
We caught the train from Catalunya to Av Tibidado. From there we got on the bus and went up the road. It was a massive hill through this really beautiful part of town. We said it must be the wealthy area as the houses were very grand looking. From the bus we then walked to a place called Cosmo Caixia (pronounced Cosmo Cash-e-a). It is kind of like Scitech. There were lots of school children there but that was fine.
We spent a few hours there wandering around and seeing the exhibitions. There was this whole section about futurism and how in the past people had predicted with future and what current futurists thought the world would be like by 2100. Earth currently consumes 1.5 times what it produces each year!
There was also heaps of cool things you could touch and feel to do with physics and energy. I think we liked it as much as the school kids.
Jazz's favourite part was this nature park which was an artificial piece of the Amazon with snakes, fish and various other creatures.
There was also this interesting section about drugs that talked about the effects in your brain for different things.
After walking around the place for several hours we were a bit hungry so fit a light lunch from cafeteria at Cosmo Caixia and headed on our way again.
We walked back to the bus stop and got the bus further up the hill to Tibidabo.
The bus driver told us when we got to our stop and then we had to go across the road and buy tickets to get in the funicular (like a tram) to go further up the very steep hill.
Once we got to the top we could see the WHOLE city. We had virtually a 360 degree view and this was definitely the highest point in the city. It looked incredible. You could see just how dense the city was, you could see every tall building or noticeable land mark.
We went on the ferris wheel so we could get an even better view. Most of the other people waiting for the ferris wheel were with kids but we didn't care. It was beautiful up there and we loved it.
Afterwards we got a beer and enjoyed the people watching. There were all these other rides and cool things to do, it was like a mini amusement park up there. We could have spent a lot longer there but we had a flamenco show booked and paid for at 6pm so we didn't have long.
We wanted to go into the cathedral and up the lift as that got you even higher but as we were waiting for the lift we realised we were out if time and had to leave.
We caught the funicular, bus & train back into the city for our flamenco show. We even got there early! When we got to the venue they said we were too early so they told us to come back in 20 minutes.
We went down the street to a near by bar. I got a sangria and Jazz got a beer while we waited.
We finished our drinks and headed back to the show. It was obviously all tourists in the crowd. We had pre-ordered tapas and our table had a nice bottle of wine on it. The show was really good, very dramatic. I came to the conclusion that Flamenco is tap dancers that use their arms really dramatically and have even more dramatic faces like they are in the middle of a really intense poop.
After the show we went back to the gothic quarter. We both thought we'd grab another drink somewhere but I really needed to pee and we couldn't decide where to go so we came home briefly so drop off our bags and freshen up.
Jazz wanted to go to the Pippa Jazz club but when we walked there there was a sign in Spanish on the door. We got a waiter to translate for us and if said it was closed.
We went waking again and nothing seemed right for what we were after. We walked past this cool looking bar but there was actually no one inside so we were a little skeptical. I was trying to convince Jazz and then the guy working there encouraged us and we grabbed a seat at the bar. I ordered a mojito and Jazz got a beer. The mojito was actually awesome! Heaps of mint, lots of rum and even a little bit of sugar on top. Jazz was jealous.
We ordered some tapas as well and got some Jamon, bread & cheese to go with our drinks.
We had brought our Fernando Pessoa notebook so crossed out a few things we had achieved throughout the day.
We also made a list of possible business ideas for ways we could work together and I tried to convince Jazz she should get into financial advice so we could go into business together. Watch this space...
We had to be up early (for us) so we limited the delicious mojitos and headed home.