When visiting a city such as Barcelona a tourist cannot help but marvel at the beauty and scale of architectural jewels and enjoy to the fullest the attractions and nightlife it has to offer.
El Born barrio is no exception. It’s now one of the most fashionable places in Barcelona. The cafes and restaurants are packed with people, the streets filled with music. It’s a good destination for shopping from small private boutiques selling quirky stuff like hair wigs to old photo cameras. And of course let’s not forget the cultural satisfaction one can get by visiting the ruins of the medieval center of Born, the textile museum or the beautiful cathedral Santa Maria del Mar.
But what about the people living in the neighborhood of Born? As a passing tourist I’d always look with a bit of envy at those going back from work to the ‘place to be’ in Barcelona, feeling like on a perpetual holiday. However, judging by the posters hanging at the balconies I wouldn’t be so sure… Apparently the cheer and music of crowds keeps the locals from getting a proper sleep and up to the point where they had to speak up with billboards to be listened to.
So this raises an interesting question: how desirable is it indeed to live in a place like this? We admire and envy those who seem to have everyday the life we can only enjoy on holidays but is it really a perpetual holiday they are living? Or do the advantages of being closer to ‘where things happen’ come with a certain price?
In the end, no matter where we go home in the evening most of us have an ‘everyday life’ which includes waking up in the morning, using public transport or being stuck in traffic. It’s got papers, reports, meetings, emails, phone calls, deadlines, targets, projects, pressure and all those stress filled ingredients that create the need to get home, take a long bath and have a good night sleep.
The right to rest properly after a long day is a fundamental right of any person living in today’s society so I guess people inhabiting places like El Born should make no exception. I think we should all keep this in mind for the next trip we take to a luring place like Barcelona – party hard but remember – la noche es para descansar! 🙂