I tant, que patirem!!! Començant per empatar partits guanyats, oi que m'entens...?
Yes: as Gerardo said, and Barbarovira confirmed, THERE ARE
political problems. The main one is that the party currently in the government, has absolute majority. And when spanish government has absolute majority, Catalan affairs always go wrong...
The second main one is that, this party, the Partido Popular,
altough has presented itself to the world as a "center-right" party, is vastely integrated by former members of the dissappeared Alianza Popular,
which, at its time, was created in order to "democratize" the people who had been in the government of Franco's dictature and keep them going.
Actually, the fist sentence I adress to Barbarovira (which says literally "Yes, we're gonna suffer, specially getting equal from won games") makes reference to the last football match (soccer for americans. By the way: I don't know why the h*ll you have to invent a weird name for european football, while you keep naming foot
ball a game that is played with the hands
) between F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid: at the end of the game, result was 2-2 equal, and in the last minute Rivaldo made a goal for Barça. The referee invalidated the legal goal. This is just the less important part of all the "comparative offences" against Catalunya in front of Spain, but everything else goes the same way.
Anyhow, this would be another post in another forum, and would take VERY VERY VERY long to make people understand.
Anyway, if interested anybody, e-mail me and I'll start a thread at "non-aviation" forum. As for a beginning, you can learn more about Catalunya and Catalan language adressing yourselves to my threads in the post "What's your native language" at the non-aviation forum. Use the search machine, the tittle is exactly this one. Or, still easier, click on
EasyJet could place a hub here, but I guess Spanair (JK/SPP) or Air Europa (UX/AEA) are more likely to do so. And in any case, Air Europa is already radicated at Palma de Mallorca.
About how many people live here, 2.5 milions in Barcelona, 4 milions closer than one hour by car, 6.5 milions in Catalunya, and maybe 12 milions in the nearest communicated area, which would easily become 30 or 40 milions if the HST finally has a stop at BCN airport.
Last, things to see in Barcelona:
1.-The temple designed by Gaudi is not the Cathedral. This Temple is called the "Sagrada Família", is not finished because according to Antoni Gaudi's last will it had to be built ONLY with the money of donatives, and is amaster in architecture of Modernistic Style.
2.-The Cathedral, or "Temple de l'Adoració de Santa Eulàlia" is Gothic.
3.-The "Olympic Ring". Here there are the closed and open swimming pools ("Bernat Pi i Cornell" and "Piscines de Barcelona", the Olympic Stadium, the Baseball field, Olympic Shot (both fireguns and arrows) and the "Palau Sant Jordi", which is a "multi-purpose" indoor stadium: from Enrique Iglesias and "spice Girls" shows, to tennis "Davis Cup", including swimming championships, Guinness Records (most people having paid theatre ticket: it was "LA Extraña Pareja", played by magnificient Joan Pera and Paco Morán, the original called maybe "The Strange Couple", played in the movie by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau), indoor trial and supercross, ski (with snow, of course), etc, etc. By the way: knowing that "the Strange Couple" are two men, it can seem strange to English speakers that one of the actors who play it in Barcelona is called "Joan". Well, there's no mistake: John in Catalan is Joan, while Joan (or Joanna) is Joana.
4.-The "Rambles", both by day and by night
5.-The "Poble Espanyol". It is a small "village" made of reproductions of different architectonic styles, so you can have an idea of what a town can look like in different parts of Spain
6.-Catalunya en Miniatura. Has scale reproductions of most significant monuments of Catalonia
7.-Parc Güell (please pronounce "gwell", although ending double L in catalan is difficult to pronounce, but at least please do not say gel, or ghel), is the Park BDRules says, designed by Gaudí.
8.- continuing by Gaudi, the "Casa Milà", aka "La Pedrera", in the city center (Passeig de Gràcia)
9.- Maremàgnum: shops open 'till 11:00 night and a handful of discotheques. A cinema with 8 rooms, a 3-D and Imax / Sphaerical Super-Imax cinema and the "Aquàrium", the biggest mediterranean (and not only) live reserve in Europe.
10.- The live music bars in the "Gràcia" district
11.- Museu Picasso
12.- Fundació Miró
13.- The "Jazz cave" "La Cova del Drac" (The dragon's cave) in Plaça Adrià (Adrià Square)
14.- The architectonic Gothic district (Barri Gòtic)
15.- The "Temple d'August", which is the most important Romanic temple in the old town centre
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