Yes, that is a gigantic sculpture of pasta being transported. That shape is called 'galet' and they are a special Christmas food here. But the first time I saw them hanging out on the rambla, I thought they were some kind of surrealist public art.
But, I didn't spend much of Christmas break in Barcelona. 8 hours after my last class and a ride sharing adventure later, I was in Madrid to see this girl:
See all the gorgeous lights:
|Plaza del Sol|
Eat vegetarian food with other Americans!!!
Get lost on the cercanías trains (thanks, metro strike) and end up poking around old train depots:
See more pretty lights:
|Plaza Mayor. There was a carousel!|
And hang out at bookish locations, like the Imprenta Municipal. They let me use their library and I got to sit in on one of their workshops.
|Seeing this little guy get excited about lead type makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.|
|The museum has inherited all of Bauer's type.|
|Ibarra Redondo heck yeah.|
I also went to my favorite bookstore, which has literary events in its basement:
And of course has a bar inside (this is Spain we're talking about). What I love is the tree inside, and how they kept a lot of the features of the original building, like the cupola above.