Barcelona Food Market

In March of 2008, Wonder Woman and I went on a whirlwind backpacking tour of a few European countries.

We had no idea what we were doing, how we were going to do it, or where we would ultimately go. Each of us picked a city that we wanted to go to, and we both agreed on Rome (I had friends there that we could stay with…).

We did have a loose plan–fly into Barcelona, Spain (my city),


then to Rome, Italy (mutual city),


then on to Paris, France (WW’s city),


then back to London,


and then fly home.

But as far as concrete plans (i.e. plane or train tickets) goes, we had flights into Barcelona and out of London….and no idea how we were going to do the rest of it.

from getoffmyinternets


Well, that’s a little bit of a lie. We had heard about a ferry that goes from Barcelona to Rome but had no details–nothing–on this ferry. We just figured we’d deal with that when we decided to leave Barcelona.

from googlemaps

Needless to say, we didn’t take the ferry anywhere.

Well, long story short, we can now navigate with confidence throughout foreign airports, websites, and hostel internet cafes.

from anarkiesmusings

We somehow accomplished everything on our loose plan, and had a great time. More importantly we realized that:

  • we can survive anything, including being 2 feet away from each other for ten solid days
  • Middle Eastern food is surprisingly good in Paris
  • coffee flavored candy is not a substitute for actual coffee
  • it’s ok to talk to strangers
  • the Sagrada Familia is waaaay bigger in real life than the pictures show

The Sagrada. Imagine you are a tiny bunny looking at this. That's how we felt.

Highlights of the trip include:

Getting witnessed to in every country we visited.

from flickr

Perhaps we look like heathens.

Falling asleep on the top of a double-decker tour bus in Rome.

from paulotman

My subconscious knows more about Roman architecture and the Trevi Fountain than my conscious does.

Getting roofied in Paris.

if you see these men, RUN

Ok, not really a highlight, but it was memorable.

Well, not really memorable (since I don’t remember much after blacking out in Wonder Woman’s arms), but it’s a story. And I was fine since Wonder Woman is a beast of a protector. And didn’t get roofied herself.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day very multi-culturally.

from thesteamerstrunk

We spent St. Paddy’s in an English pub with a Australian server in Barcelona with a Frenchman, a German lady, and a Floridian.

And we ate olives and drank Guinness.

Falling asleep on a train into Rome, missing our stop (by a lot) and having to take the scenic route back.

train tracks

We were tired, ok?

Walking for an entire day in search of The Barcelona Chair.


No matter which way we walked, it was wrong.

Running into a weird Canadian boy in Barcelona who ultimately screwed up our only day in Paris.


We still curse his name.

The Barcelona Food Market

the market

We felt like we were in a food porno. It was amazing. I wanted to breathe it in, live there, eat it all, and wallow in the food–all at the same time.

Rather than leave you with that horrific mental image, I thought I’d share some photos of the market with you.

Disclaimer: Do not expect professional photographs. These were taken whilst rushing around trying to see (and sample) every inch of the market. Thusly there are many, many photos. (Poorly framed shots are to be expected.) 




more mushrooms

more strawberries!

some type of orange edible thing

fresh juice







still more strawberries

fruit plate

Thought I was kidding when I said there were many?


more juice

and yet more strawberries

It was strawberry season.



dried stuff


the feet of some bird


more shellfish

and....more shellfish of some sort


Ya’ll, I had to edit out 6 pictures of cheese from this post. I like cheese so much it was tacky.




narsty candy

That candy looked delicious.

It was not.


The gelato, however, was quite tasty.

more gelato

assorted veggies

assorted produce

So that’s it for this visual tour of the outdoor market in Barcelona. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

suck it, martha.

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3 Comments on “Barcelona Food Market”

  1. Wonder Woman
    December 5, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Man, that guy that screwed up Paris was ridiculous! We need to do another trip soon. It doesn’t have to be to Machu Picchu. Maybe we can do a coffee tour of some Central American country.

  2. December 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    We do need to do another trip soon. I’ve got an idea! How about New York City? 🙂

  3. December 14, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    very nice post, i certainly love this web site, carry on it

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