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KelsieGleason Kelsie Gleason

  • 27 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Barcelona, Spain

Visions and Revisions: Discovering the Culture of Barcelona

This journal will serve as a collection of my experiences, observations, and reflections over the next four months of cultural immersion in Barcelona.

Siempre me quedará

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Jan 27, 2011
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            Well, it's official. Every day that I'm here I fall more and more in love with Spain. I would definitely be okay with staying here forever, but I'm not sure how my host family would feel about that idea... They might be sick of me after 4 months :)

            Anyway, last night Hillary and I had yet another great adventure! We went to see a concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana. Bebe was performing there as part of their Festival Millenni series. The concert was amazing and I’m so glad we decided to go!

            The opening act was an alternative rock band called Shinoflow. They were pretty good too, but I had to laugh at how hard core they thought they were. With their tight girls’ pants, long hair, and crazy stunts like kicking over microphone stands they looked more like emo teenagers than a punk band, but I did really enjoy their performance. I think for Spain they probably were pretty hard core, especially since kicking over a mic stand is probably all they can get away with in the Palau de la Música. I can’t imagine anyone being brave enough to smash a guitar, start a mosh pit, or go crowd surfing in a building as beautiful as the Palau. There was a beautiful mosaic picture around the stage with 3D sculptures build into it and a huge mosaic chandelier on the ceiling. There were sculptures of horses and musicians all around the other walls too. I can’t wait to go back and tour the Palau with the lights actually on!

            One thing I've noticed that was definitely confirmed last night: you can tell how small people in Spain are just by looking at the ceiling heights and the way stadiums are built. A lot of guys in our group are so tall that their heads almost graze the ceiling of the metro cars, and the chairs at the concert hall were so narrow and had so little leg room that I don’t think anyone bigger than me could have fit comfortably. Thankfully I’m 5’3” and fit perfectly with a couple extra inches of leg room to spare.

            One huge difference between concerts in the US and Spain is how chill it is here! Everyone stayed in their seats while Bebe and Shinoflow performed, with the occasional fan getting up to sway back and forth. There wasn’t a whole lot of dancing (probably just because there wasn’t enough room). The only person in our section dancing was a little old man who was there by himself. He didn’t seem to care what anyone thought of him or that he was not dancing to any kind of beat at all. I wish I was as brave as him!  The best part of the Spanish concert atmosphere was probably the fact that NO ONE was drunk! There was a little bar downstairs with tapas, beer, and wine for sale, but the people here actually believe in drinking responsibly! What a concept, right? It was so much fun to just sit there and enjoy the music. I didn’t understand all of it, but I think I got the main idea of most of the songs, and it was a great way to experience Spanish entertainment. I’m kind of a music-addict already, and I think I’m going to be spending way too much of my money at the Palau de la Música from now on. Concert-going = best sober nighttime entertainment ever.

If you want to check out some of Bebe’s songs go to this link on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VH6LG2WDD4 ;

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