I have to admit that I have some mixed feelings about Catalunya. The first time I was there, back in 2008, I found Barcelona difficult to navigate. Plus, it was dreary out and people kept treating me badly. Still, when the opportunity to return came up, return I did.
This time I found some redeeming qualities, like pretty Old Town Girona (seen above). But, again, I kept running into rudeness. In fact, on returning to Barcelona to catch a plane back to the states, I actually had a security guard shove me. That’s right: shove me. The man physically moved me backward. Because he was tired of trying to understand my halting Spanish and I couldn’t understand his shouting Catalan.
So…yeah. Old Town Girona is really pretty. I met loads of great people at the conference I attended there. But my interactions with the natives? Well, they leave something to be desired.
(And that thing is “not shoving me.”)
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