Posted by: Josey | September 17, 2008

A Barcelona Travel Must-See: La Sardana

by Josey Miller

Planning a trip to Barcelona? Be sure you’re there on a Sunday.

Sit and enjoy a chocolate croissant (you’re on vacation) and un cortado (translates to “cut” because this coffee beverage is “cut” in half: half espresso, half milk). Stroll through Barcelona’s stony Barrio Gótico, passing children and church-goers as caged birds and clean clothes dangle from barred balconies.

At around 11:30am, make your way to Plaça de la Seu, where the Barcelona Cathedral is located. But instead of going inside—and you’ll want to do that, too—sit on the front steps.

At first, you’ll think you’re in the wrong place, but be patient and people will gather. Older men will unfold small, wooden chairs under red and white umbrellas, take their seats and tune their string and wind instruments. The dancers will circle up in the square, with their belongings—jackets, purses and parcels—in the center. The musicians will begin to play. And the dancers will be methodically set in motion: hop, tap, cross, hop, hop, tap. And they will be proud and overjoyed—hands clasped, arms raised tall—in this weekly celebration of their freedom to practice the Catalan cultural traditions that were forbidden for so long.

They love when tourists watch—and sometimes even generously let them join in:

But the real audience, they are hoping, is the next generation of Catalan musicians and dancers of La Sardana.

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