After Portugal, I flew into Spain.
While in Spain, I had to find some street art in Barcelona. While there weren’t many things I liked about this particular city, there was a little bit of street art/graffiti to catch while there. I know there was a lot more to find but I was able to watch a few miles and found a stretch of a “park” (seemed more or less a place for homeless people or sketchy drug dealers).
It’s not too far from Las Ramblas and a windy curvy wall that’s been overtaken by street art. I would think twice about cutting through here at night – especially if you’re alone. My female traveling buddy, Michelle and I went in broad daylight mid-afternoon and while the park was mostly empty, there were a few sketchy looking people around. We steered clear of them and it was quite obvious we were tourists milling about for some art photos.
I wish I had enough time to take a street art tour – it would have been easier to find the other (better0 places with a local guide and also get to know some background information on the artist.
FatCap.com has a lot of information street art in Barcelona as well as other cities and countries in Europe. Barcelona is working towards building “working art areas” for renegade artists looking to showcase their art in a less illegal way and it’ll be exciting to see more next time I go.
Funny story about the photo on the left. Michelle doesn’t exactly like to be in photos. She prefers to be behind the camera but I pushed her to take a photo or two while here. Michelle relented and walked into the corner to strike a pose. As I was adjusting the camera, about to take a snapshot, she exclaims, “IT SMELLS LIKE PEE!” She hops out of the corner and I just start cracking up.
Considering where we were, I wasn’t surprised. We were probably stepping in someone’s bathroom which we dubbed the “homeless person’s pee corner.”