Our home for Barcelona was a budget hotel out in the suburbs. Nearby, the local public swimming pool was packed, celebrating the end of summer, so we dropped by for a swim and a play before beginning any sightseeing.
The metro was a quick ride into the city, where we walked Las Ramblas, a pedestrian street through the old Medieval city. The street ended at the waterfront, beneath a towering column, topped with a statue to Christopher Columbus. When he approached Isabel and Ferdinand, the Spanish Queen and King for funding to make his journey to America, the court was temporarily located in Barcelona. Thanks to this chance, Barcelona lays claim to the explorer. The statue shows him looking off into the distance, as if towards the new world, though in practicality, he is looking in the direction of Sicily.
This led to our discussion and reading of the discovery of the new world and the role of Spain in New World exploration. Our reading included “Columbus,” by Demi, an ebook.