After a sleepless flight from JFK to LHR, we arrived in London for a brief layover. Imagine my surprise when the airport turns out to have a hot shoe store! One fabulous pair of sparkly ballet flats later, we're off to Barcelona. We arrived at the airport around noon. It's a gorgeous, modern airport, but I was shocked to see how empty it was. We somehow managed to get cash from our second ATM attempt, which left me slightly panicked, and got a cab to our hotel. The street was closed off because of this huge festival that's going on right now, called La Merce. When we checked into our hotel, we had a perfect view of the main street! We perused La Rambla and had a little lunch at a sidewalk cafe. The people watching was fun, but it was a lot like having lunch on the Champs Elysse. Overpriced and not very good. We proceeded to return to the hotel for a nap, and woke up to this huge parade! The parade for La Merce is incredible. Tons of performers, and so European. Kinda thrown together and not at all organized like an American parade, but isn't that the charm in it? I bet everyone had a good time, parade watchers and paradees alike. After that, we started poking around the streets. We found a great tapas bar and had some really incredible bites, washed down with some really cheap rioja. The whole thing cost us 20 euro. Then we found ourselves at a dive bar where we each had a drink and absorbed the local scene. Alas, we ended up at one of the pricey restaurants for authentic paella. The food was great, the service stunk. But I finally had my seafood. Tomorrow, we will explore La Boqueria and Gaudi. It's almost 1am and the streets are still hopping like it's mid-afternoon.