Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Science: Of Priorities

Central Barcelona is littered in banners begging "volem un barri digne"...

If you reach for your Google Translate you will find that it means "we want a decent neighbourhood". And you know what? They really do need something like that. From what I've seen in central Barcelona this time - and this time I have had a lot of time to just wander around aimlessly - they are right to be protesting and asking for a better place to live. Central Barcelona, especially the nooks and crannies tourists only brush past are in a terrible state of disrepair and dirtiness. Truly appalling some of it is, too. And all that in a city that brims full of tourists every time I care to visit, and that has been very often recently - mostly because it is a really nice place. Or it could be if it was given a bit of a facelift or just a bit of proverbial TLC (oh, and an improved cuisine, too). First and foremost, people of Barcelona deserve it, and only a distant second, we - the tourists - deserve it, too, for the extortionate prices we pay for the joy - and privilege - of coming along for a ride.

Barcelona elders, take note. You're losing both present and the future of your own citizens...