Yesterday's leaders were Jordan and Erik. Jordan started off with our summary of what we would be doing for the day. Erik then led the way to the classroom where we had a lecture about how culture is reflected in food and drink. We talked about what people eat in the US and why, and then compared and contrasted that with what people eat in Spain and why.
After the lecture, we went down the road to tour a market. Markets like this one can be found in every neighborhood. Local people shop every couple of days in these markets so they are eating really fresh food every day. This is definitely something different from how we eat at home. We toured the market and sampled a number of local favorites.
We then had a few hours for lunch. One popular way to eat here is a menu del dia, or menu of the day. You have a few choices for a starter, main course and a dessert at a fixed price. These meals are a good value and showcase what is fresh and available that day. Several students tried a menu del dia for lunch. We then met up back where our classroom was where we began a tour of the Born neighborhood. Following that, we toured the Catalan parliament. Following the parliament visit, we walked to the Arc de Triumph, which completed our tour.
Everyone is started to get tired, and many of us have colds. That is what happens when you have gone over a week with not much sleep and with a lot of running around. Everyone is starting to rest more in the evenings, which isn't a bad thing.