For the ones who don’t know this yet, since September I am a student again. I’m studying a Master’s degree in tourism management at la Universitat de Girona. I’m very happy that I went back to school and so far I’m really enjoying the studies. However, this week I had three exams from Monday to Wednesday and yesterday I didn’t want to see any book, article or my laptop and the boyfriend and me decided to spend the day outside. So, we went to La Maquinista in Barcelona.
La Maquinista is the biggest Catalan shopping centre and one of the biggest in Spain. It’s located in the Sant Andreu district. The easiest way to get there is probably by bus or metro (stops Sant Andreu, Torras i Bages or Bon Pastor). This shopping centre has pretty much everything you need: shops, restaurants, bars and even a cinema!
Our plan was to go to the cinema first. We went to “Ocho apellidos catalanes” (eight Catalan surnames). It’s the sequel of “Ocho apellidos vascos” which was the most successful movie in Spain in 2014. For the ones who are not living in Spain, it’s a movie about an Andalusian guy, who’s in love with a Basque girl. But this Basque girl is getting married to a Catalan guy, in a fictional independent Catalonia. The movie pretty much addresses all the stereotypes of the different autonomous regions in Spain and especially focuses on the independentist topic in Catalonia now (I prefer not going into more detail about that ;)). The storyline is not the most original one, but still the movie was really funny and you learn quite a lot about the differences that exist in Spain. Also, I think I followed about 90% of the conversations in Spanish, so GO ME!
After the movie it was dark outside and all the Christmas lights were on. I was so happy when I saw this, I just have a thing for the holiday season and shopping while surrounded by lights and Christmas decoration is the best thing ever. There is also an ice-skating track during this time of the year, but we thought it would be better not to embarrass ourselves amongst the little children.
So, we shopped and shopped and shopped till we found what we needed and when we were completely exhausted of strawling through the shopping centre we thought we deserved a little treat. We went to this bar Ibericus and we asked for a tapa of jamón ibérico de bellota (ham of Iberian pigs that were fed on acorns). The ham was sooooo good. Seriously, if you are a fan of Spanish ham, go there! They cut the slices of ham at the moment you order them, I don’t think it can get any fresher than that.
For me it was a very “relaxing” day, not sure if shopping can be relaxing, but it was lovely to be out of the house for a while and to avoid university responsibilities. If you don’t know what to do some day, just pay a visit to La Maquinista, especially during the holiday season you will love it!