There is an outdoor skating rink in the very centre of Barcelona! Apparently it's the first year they make it, but it seems it's a success. It's right on Plaza Catalunya, which is considered to be the heart of the city. I just realized that it makes me feel connected to winter, and then to Christmas. Like I have said, in my head, this climate just doesn't fit what I am used to when Christmas is around the corner and I am having a bit of a hard time finding the Christmas spirit when it's warm outside, and there are leaves on the trees and that sort of thing.
So yesterday after a friend arrived from up north to stay the weekend, we hung out there for a little while and I must say it crept up on me! The Christmas spirit that is. Loads and loads of people buying presents, Christmas music in the shops, the skating rink, the big beautiful Christmas tree next to it, all the Christmas decorations and lights everywhere. Truly beautiful.
Barcelona really is doing a good job getting dressed up for the festivities! I'll show more of that later, for now- Plaza Catalunya: