For my first full day in Barcelona, I worked on some cool fluid dynamics and heat transfer models for volcanic magma chambers in lab and then wandered around the city a bit. First, I went to the official Cathedral of Barcelona (not the Sagrada Familia, since that's still uncompleted).
It was an absolutely beautiful cathedral, constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries and officially called "The Cathedral of Saint Eulalia and the Holy Cross."
In the cloister, 13 white geese are kept, since Saint Eulalia was 13 when she was martyred.
Basically, it is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've ever seen! I even went up to the roof and got some good views of the city.
Afterwards, I wandered around the center of the city. Some of the highlights included a Miró in the sidewalk:
Roman city walls:
and a bustling produce market.
Overall, Barcelona is a lot more fast-paced than the rest of Spain. Although this may be because of the high percentage of tourists, Barcelona does have a distinct culture. All street names are in Catalan instead of Spanish, and all of the signs in the airport were in Catalan, Spanish, and English.
Up for tomorrow: the USA-Belgium World Cup game! I'm meeting up with some friends to go out and watch, and hopefully the night will end well!