Practicing, shopping and sightseeing!

Hola de nuevo! Hi again!

It’s been while since I wrote here but now I have many things to tell! 🙂

Arc de Triomf (wasn't seenable on last text)
Arc de Triomf (wasn’t seenable on last text)

 

First of all, about the practice… as I told earlier, the therapy is very different here than in Finland.  Here, or at least in my practical place, method called neurodynamics is very common. Because during theoretical courses in Finland we weren’t taught about it, I still don’t actually perceive the wholeness of this method. However, my instructor says that it takes more than 3 months (which is the time I have practice training here) to understand and, especially, to learn how to use it. But anyway, I do my very best to trying to get as much info and knowledge as I can!

The method includes different ways to effect on neural tissues, like by inhibitating over-active muscle contractions, increasing the blood circulation (so nerves can get more oxygen), giving more space to tissues etc. etc. There are many ways to effect on neurological client, but it’s a fact that people are each different persons, and something which can effect on one, doesn’t necessarily effect on the other. One thing is sure: this neurodynamic-method is very manual, meaning that we phyisotherapists are much hands on the clients. Because these clients’ (which are btw, mainly caused by cerebrovascular accident in this place) nervous system is disturbed, it needs to be manipulated before the active function can begin. I’ve gotten to try this therapymethod on the couple of clients… I haven’t reach any phenomenal results yet, but atleast I haven’t worsen their conditions either. Practice makes perfect, right?

I don’t remember if I’ve said this earlier, but Barcelona is a paradise to shoppaholics. There are many, many clothing stores in the centre: H&M, Stradivarius, Mango, Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka… and many more. There are also stores for more expensive labels, like Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and so on. Two weekends ago, I made a trip to La Roca Village with my Finnish friends. It was an “outlet village” about 30min bus drive away from Placa Catalunya. There was even a special bus line to the Village which costed 14 euros for two-way ticket…

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Let’s go girls!

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… and so we arrived to La Roca Village! What a place! Even though, I bought only running shoes and a couple of binkies (from Barcelona Official store of course 😉 ), the place was definitely worth of visiting!

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My purchases
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First time at Starbucks!

 

Last weekend, my dear friend and ex-roommate (in Finland) Annika came to visiting to Barcelona. She had spend her exchange period in Sevilla since September and now she was returning back to Finland. With Annika, we visited some of the most popular tourist attractions: Sagrada FamĂ­lia, Park GĂźell, and Torre Agbar.

On Friday, after my practical training, we didn’t get contact each other with Annika so I did some sightseeing of my own in Barri Gòtic (old city of Barcelona).

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Carrer del Bisbe
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Avinguda de la Catedral (in plaza of the Cathedral)

 

On Saturday, the first place we visited was Sagrada FamĂ­lia, which is (partly) architected by Antoni GaudĂ­. Sagrada FamĂ­lia, which means ‘holy family’, is a Roman Catholic church and it was GaudĂ­’s lifework. He never finished it, and because he continuously changed his designs of the building, there wasn’t left many drawings after his tram-accident death. This was clearly seen from the design of the outfit of the church.

There’s a couple of things that I have to say about Sagrada FamĂ­lia… first: it was HUGE! I had a lot of problems trying to catch the whole church in one photo!

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Sagrada FamĂ­lia

… second: it was covered by hundreds of figures and other details! I was prepared to see a lot of details by GaudĂ­’s unlimited imagination, but I didn’t know there was so freaking many of them! It felt like the whole Bible was described in one building (at least in the parts of GaudĂ­’s made)! There’s a clear difference between GaudĂ­’s and other architects’ works:

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GaudĂ­’s eastern entrance: Natividad (birth)
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Western entrance: PasiĂłn (Christ’s suffering)
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Tourist-Laura

Sagrada FamĂ­lia should be finished in 2030, so I think it’d be one of the good reasons to come back to Barcelona. 😉

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Miniature of finished Sagrada FamĂ­lia.
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Me and my buddy Annika.

After Sagrada, we had a little lunch tapas and then we went to look at GaudĂ­’s other architecture works; Casa MilĂ  and Casa BattlĂł. We walked down the Passeig de GrĂ cia, which is a very pretentious street with many luxury apartment houses and clothing stores.

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Little tapas.. Yum! Yum!
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Casa MilĂ  (Passeig de GrĂ cia)
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Casa BattlĂł (Passeig de GrĂ cia)
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Some Versace and Hugo Boss at Passeig de GrĂ cia…

After Passeig de GrĂ cia we ended up city centre, Placa Catalunya and visited in the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria which is a large public market next to La Rambla (main street of Barcelona). There were a lot of different food products: fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, fish, meet, chicken, candies, ice cream etc.etc. The booths looked so amazing with different kinds of products!

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Here’s one example!

After La Boqueria we entered to Park GĂźell and Casa-Museu GaudĂ­. The museum was once GaudĂ­’s house (between 1906-1925) where he lived while designing the Park and Sagrada FamĂ­lia. There were some of GaudĂ­’s designs but not in their original places, they were just gathered together from different buildings. Park GĂźell is located in GrĂ cia, more specifically on the Muntanya Pelada, which means ‘Bald mountain’, but actually it was more like a hill than mountain. Park was builded 1900-1914, it’s originally meant to become residental area but it never happened. Park GĂźell was designed to match with the nature, because GaudĂ­ wanted to create natural, typical Mediterranean garden-area.

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Casa-Museu GaudĂ­ (Park GĂźell)
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Dragon-shaped mosaic work on the main terrace in Park GĂźell.
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Me and Barcelona!
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On the top of my Barcelona-list: “El Drac”!
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One selfie for GaudĂ­’s memory!
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Yes, I was in Park GĂźell.

GaudĂ­ suffered reumathics in his childhood and he couldn’t attend school like other children. He spent a lot of time with his mother among the nature, and this was one of the most important source of inspiration on his later works…

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Mosaic windows and afternoon sun (Sagrada FamĂ­lia)
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The forest-themed ceiling and tree-shaped pillars (Sagrada FamĂ­lia)
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Leaves in the wire (Park GĂźell)
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Architecture matched with nature (Park GĂźell)

 

On sunday we went to see Torre Agbar and had some pinchos for lunch… Man! They were good!

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Torre Agbar
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Delicious pinchos!

 

… But I think this was enough for this time. Fourth week in practical training has already started! 🙂

 

Saludos,

Laura

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