Barcelona went crazy yesterday after the last game of the Spanish Championship won by Barça (aka FCB) against Valladolid. The victory was pitiless: 4 to 0. Barça let no chance to Valladolid and mastered the game from the beginning till the end.
This is something that whoever is coming to Barcelona absolutely has to do: watch a Barça game in the bar downstairs. The atmosphere is incredibly joyful. The whole fiesta spirit is dancing in the middle of the crowd dressed in shirts and flags to the FCB’s colours. Entire families and groups of friends come there half an hour early to make sure they get seats and wait making the first Estrella bottles pop up.
Watching this particular Barça game was even more intense. First of all, it was the last game that would decide the whole championship. Then, it began at 7pm after a beautiful day. The sun was slowly going down, summer lingered in the air, Estrella tasted good after the beach, together with a smoke and patatas bravas. Each goal launched waves of roaring, clapping, shouting and laughing. “This is real Spain!” I thought. I had seen nothing yet…
Crazy Plaza Catalunya
As the game went to an end, the whole Camp Nou stadium became a huge party floor. So did Plaza Catalunya. A friend and I left C/ de la Disputacio where we had watched the game to go down to Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. The streets all around had been closed by the Mossos (the Anti-Riot Forces of Catalunya), arms crossed, impressive with their black beret.
Cars all around were honking, covered with people sitting or standing on the windowsills, sometimes 6 year-old children, proudly carrying huge flags that clacked as the car ran. Hundreds of supporters were shouting everywhere, throwing firecrackers and singing all together Barça’s songs.
The party went even wilder at Plaza Catalunya and the beginning of Las Ramblas around 9pm. Red smoke lightened the night and the thousands that were celebrating their victory. It smelled like burned bangers, beer… and weed! Boys were climbing on the bus stops and streetlights, everybody was dancing and having fun until late in the night.
Barcelona really knows how to party and I will never miss a game again!