Barcelona, a photo a day

Let’s tidy up the mess!

…or so the city fathers must be thinking.
The Ramblas is the most touristic place in Barcelona. It is a long promenade, around a mile long, crowded with tourist, flower shops, caricaturists, pet shops, cafes, restaurants and street entertainers.
I walked down the Ramblas a few weeks ago, and counted almost 40 living statues, living deads, guys with no head, fake Marilyns, panda bears and other strange creatures. Now, the city has decided it would be nice to include the Ramblas in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. So, how can we do that? Easy: let’s tidy up the mess! Therefore, 10 flower stalls will become one. And the street entertainers, the living statues? Well, they will have to pass a test proving their skills (the first one moving is out???), and their numbers will be reduced. There will be 15 designated spots. 15 entertainers will be allowed to perform from 10 AM till 4 PM, and 15 more from 4PM till 10 PM. Problem: what will happen to the other ones, the less skilled, the ones that moved during selection? They will join the 20.5 percent unemployed in Spain. Easy.

As for the touareg on the photo: buena suerte, amigo, best of luck to you, my friend.

12 responses

  1. Ian

    I miss it.Great place


    October 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

  2. B

    i sincerely hope this doesn't happen. the ramblas wouldn't be the same.


    October 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

  3. agradable, mi amigo

    Aloha from Hawaii

    Comfort Spiral



    October 24, 2010 at 12:40 am

  4. Seems as if not only monuments are having a rough time ahead. Wishing you much peace, calm and patience.
    For the next months various demonstrations are planed over here.

    daily athens


    October 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  5. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do but I'll bet the competition is tough.


    October 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

  6. haha, good catch! ^0^
    i love these candid shots you have on these performers. ^0^
    and my on my, that new header's just eye catching! they all look very festive, can't decide which is my favorite.
    gr8 ensemble!


    October 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

  7. I imagine now a kind of talk show or something like that!
    I wish then all can have their space on the lights!
    Hugs and a nice Sunday


    October 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  8. 'It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do'. Yes, it reminds me of an old slogan. History repeating. Crisis, people wanting to make a living and coercive methods imposed after years of neglect. It is true that quality has decreased, but are local authorities really interested or are they only trying to make Ramblas respectable citizens happy and win their vote. What about the Nigerian women affair? How long did they turn their backs on that sad episode before they started taking measures? Politicians suck!


    October 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

  9. Las estatuas, la conozco, ultimamente estoy fotografiando las Ramblas y por supuesto a las famosas estatuas vivientes, que viven un mal momneto , pues hay mucho intrusistmo proviniente de los paises del este y convierten este espectáculo en mendicidad encubierta
    Buen trabajo


    October 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

  10. That is a beautiful candid !


    October 23, 2010 at 8:40 am

  11. WHAT?? Isn't this “cutting off the hand that feeds you”? That's crazy.
    I hope no one gets any World Heritage ideas about shuk Machaneh Yehuda.
    Good luck.


    October 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

  12. A test proving their skills? hahahaha! I'd pay money to see that! 🙂

    At first glance I thought it was a Saudi guy fixing his headgear. Great capture (as always).


    October 23, 2010 at 6:57 am