Aside from the obvious the benefit of getting a nifty tour of a city, running with locals usually offers insight into the area that goes far beyond what I can read in a guidebook.
The Barcelona Casual Road Runners did not disappoint!
|At Parc de la Ciutadella after a run|
with the Barcelona Casual Roadrunners
I should note that the word "casual" in the title reflects their attitude, not their pace!
On the run, we explored sections of the city that Hubby and I might not have seen any other way (and certainly would not have thought to venture into at night). While the run began and ended at the Parc (a fairly common tourist destination), the 10k route took us a bit off the beaten path. We ran through the Parc, along the beach, around a hotel and shopping center, past the Plaça de Colón (which is particularly beautiful at night), and through streets and paths back to our starting point.
|Statue of Christopher Columbus|
in the Plaça de Colón, Barcelona (by day)
|Public drinking fountain in Barcelona|
At the stroke of midnight on New Year's clocks around Catalonia chime 12 times. Locals eat one grape for each toll of the bells. The intent is to eat the grapes one at a time, but also to finish by the time the 12th bell strikes. This sounds simple, but consider the volume of 12 grapes and trying to finish them all in 12 seconds...
If you manage to finish all the grapes by the time the bells stop, you will have good luck in the new year. So, of course, we made sure we had a bag of grapes handy at midnight on New Year's!
And speaking of food... Barcelona takes its pasta seriously.
|An homage to pasta:|
Giant galet statue on a street in Barcelona.
If only I had a fork!
Running with the Barcelona Casual Road Runners = most informative way to run a 10k in the city.
*Note: The Barcelona Casual Road Runners meet at 8pm every Tuesday and Thursday evening, at the entrance of the Parc de la Ciutadella. If you're ever in Barcelona, I highly recommend dropping in to join them!