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Friday, December 19, 1997
Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain:
Latitude: 41° 23' 42" North
Longitude: 2° 9' 49" East
Altitude: 1133 feet
From Seattle: 6104 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Albergu de Juventud Kabul

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Today's Travel:
Country: Spain
Region: Catalonia
Weather: Overcast

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Temple de la Sagrada Familia Gaudi Park, Barcelona, Spain

Temple de la Sagrada Familia Christmas Market, Barcelona, Spain

Nativity Facade Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Skyline Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Towers Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Towers and Skyline Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Looking down from tower Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Looking up inside of spire Temple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 253
Linear Dist: 88071
Countries Visited: 20
Regions Visited: 94
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Hotels: 42
Friends / Family: 82
Camping: 35
Hostels: 68
Transit: 26
Beers: 1040
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Journal Entry:
Slept in again (excellent!). Spent the morning walking around the waterfront. The big discovery was a rowing club in a yacht club (I think). I couldnīt find anyone who knew anything about it, but I found someone who told me they would be practicing at 6p. So I decided to come back and try my luck.

This being the first day without (much) rain I decided to risk some more outdoor sights (that plus the fact that I'd already seen the Picasso museum), so I headed for the Temple de la Sagrada Familia, the church that Gaudi designed and started more than 100 years ago. It is awesome. I have no idea how much longer until itīs finished, but there is still a long way to go (another 100 years?). I spent almost 3 hours walking around the church and exploring the towers (t(four towers connected at various levels - it's quite a maze).

On one of the facades of the Temple de la Sagrada Familia was a cryptogram of 16 numbers that had over three hundred combinations of 4 numbers that added up to 33. I forget what the religious significance was (there was one), but I thought the puzzle was pretty cool, so here it is:

"33" Cryptogram
114144
11769
810105
132315

Then it was back to the hostel to pick up workout clothes just in case I got a chance to row. There was a bit of a miss understanding, and practice wasnīt until 7, but I hung out and finally was able to talk to a couple of the coaches. They were doing testing, so they offered me the use of the rowing gym until they had a minute to talk. I am very out of shape, but I will sleep well tnight, although I probably won't be that happy the first time I try to move tomorrow. After working out I talked to Edwardo, one of the coaches, and he invited me to come row with them tomorrow morning. The downside is that it's at 7:30, which means I won't be going out tonight (since the nightlife doesn't even start going until about 2).


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