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This is the other side of Barcelona's cityscape. Taken from the roof of Casa Batllo, one of Gaudi's celebrated architectural creations this is the view at the rear of the Gaudi facade situated on Passeig de Gracia. It is not an original POV it has been photographed many times but I think the contrast between the building I was stood at the top of and the city behind it was in such stark contrast that I had to take the shot. Interesting too that the rest of Barcelona is seen through bars.

All cities have an underbelly, where the image that the city sells of itself to the world conflicts with the lived reality for the many who live there. Currently youth unemployment runs high in Spain, even in a city such as Barcelona with it's seemingly cash laden tourists who devour it's beauty in all it's forms. It was noticeable to me that the people who were enjoying Barcelona the most, myself included, were not members of the local population. Perhaps the tension running along the fault line between the City and it's underbelly is exemplified in the following quote from Daniela Ortiz, the Peruvian artist who was living and working in Barcelona when she wrote:

"I work 40 hours a week in a Spanish high-class chocolate boutique. While working on October 12, I stole three sheets of 24-karat gold and a Guanaja chocolate bonbon. I covered the chocolate with gold and ate it to celebrate the National Day of Spain."

That's a bit like standing on top of Casa Batllo and looking around to see the reality of Barcelona. For one brief moment she was a conquistador again.

Enjoy.

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