This time last year I was celebrating my birthday at 'the craziest block party in Spain': Festa Major de Gràcia. It's a week long party that starts on my birthday and goes pretty much non-stop for 7 days. Gràcia is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Barcelona, with bohemian boutiques, chic cafés, locally sourced restaurants and the most fun bars. While some people go to Burning Man for their kicks, I prefer the Catalán way...every street gets a theme and decorates with recycled things. The presentation is mind-boggling, and I am a bit embarrassed I don't have more photos, but I was a bit occupied dancing, drinking, eating and making friends with people from all over the world. Over a million people go just for this party and no one spends more than they would on a normal night out in San Francisco--for the entire week.
Wandering doesn't get any better than walking around during this festival. You'll be surprised at every corner you turn. Teepees? Jellyfish? Giant Star Wars figures? Anarchist punk rock concerts? Circus acrobats? Hip hop classes? Electro dance parties?
Luckily, I had a place to stay in the neighborhood, otherwise just take the metro to Fontana and follow all the people.
Yes, line dancing, 20s-themed drinks, salsa, all ages out all night, castellers (human tower building)...
Star struck everywhere. Magic really happens here.
Until next time, happy wandering!