Day 20 – The Bullet Building
16 April 2015
Back on Spanish soil as we flew from Lisbon to Barcelona. It was raining when we landed and so it didn’t make our trip to the city that pleasant since we caught a bus instead of a taxi. At the bus stop in the city, the rain continued to pour and the initial plan was to catch a train to our hotel. We were getting quite wet at this point and so we hailed a taxi which took us straight to our hotel. By the time we reached our hotel (NH Barcelona Diagonal Centre) it was already past lunch time. Wet, hungry and with little rest we made our way to the city centre to eat via the metro. Based on what we’ve heard and read about Barcelona, it was one of the top cities for pickpockets and so we were extra careful catching the train and walking around the streets. This added another level of emotion over our tired and weary souls haha. We pretty much walked in the first restaurant that we saw, Pura Brasa. They had an English menu, was quite easy to order. Our orders came, a massive meat skewer for Wifey and I had chicken curry. She wasn’t sure how she was to eat it. The skewer was dangling vertically and the metal skewer was still quite hot to touch. Eventually we managed to just slide the meat down one by one.
After lunch we walked around the stores, through Plaza de Catalunya, home of thousands and thousands of pigeons. Getting pooped on by these birds weren’t high in our list of things to do and so we didn’t really stay that long. Next stop was the Arc de Triomphe of Barcelona, these structures seemed to pop up everywhere, from Paris to Madrid and now Barcelona. Well this one was called the Arc de Triomf, built it 1888. After a couple of selfies it was time to head back as we were to attend church that afternoon and we haven’t had much rest and so back to our hotel we went.
It took three trains just to reach the chapel, two line changes. It was a massive hall, set up like a theatre, singing of hymns were in Spanish but the lesson was in Tagalog. Afterwards we took the train to see the Bullet. Wifey told me that it was a building shaped like a bullet. When I first laid my eyes on structure I smirked a little ;). It looked like something else. It was actually called Torre Agbar, the headquarters of Agbar Group, a “Spanish company dedicated to services, distribution or treatment of water” (according to wiki). It was designed by a French architect and it was supposed to recall the shape of a geyser shooting up in the air. I didn’t really see this in the design, it was more phallic than anything else. “Now what?” after taking a photo of it. “Maybe there are restaurants around the building” she said. And so we walked towards and and discovered a mall right across it. There were restaurants and stores. It looked quite new. We decided to eat at a Japanese restaurant called Udon. Their katsudon was pretty good I must say. We checked out the rest of the mall, surprisingly it was open till late. I got a discounted shirt at H&M. Walking back to the station it was not hard to notice the Bullet, now in lights! A square right next to it which looked bare during daylight now had colourful lights that pulsed which created a decent light show.
Back at the hotel, we organised what we were to do on Day 2. There were still plenty to see and do in Barcelona.