A performance this little girl cannot forget – Mercat de la Boquería, Barcelona
I was only little but overwhelmed with excitement when my dad woke me up at 2 am to take me to his tiny little office in the Boquería market in the Ramblas, Barcelona main thoroughfare. No, it wasn´t a case of child labour, as we might fear today – I loved spending my school holidays with this great man in this magical place ( I guess that´s where I got my habit of being up at down every day).
We arrived early, no later than 3am and even at that time the market was a fascinating stage of dynamic actors, yelling, laughing, flirting – hovering around in their gum boots, throwing boxes here and there cigarrette in hand, pausing to recover their energies with a ¨carajillo¨ break everynow and then while talking about the latest soccer feat.
When I go back today it doesn´t take me much to revert back to the hussle of the merchants´ waltz I witnessed in the eighties (I even recognise some of the performers) as the market remains as vibrant as I remember it with colours, flavours and aromas. A delight for both first timers and regular visitors.
Check their website and make sure you stop over while in this great city. A great way to encourage the local economy!