Another Incredible Night Out in Barcelona!!

My friends and I had been hearing about Montjüic de Nit (the Night at Montjüic) all week long and had made plans to check it out on Saturday night. In true Spanish fashion, we arrived pretty late into the night. Unfortunately, not in true Spanish...

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My friends and I had been hearing about Montjüic de Nit (the Night at Montjüic) all week long and had made plans to check it out on Saturday night. In true Spanish fashion, we arrived pretty late into the night. Unfortunately, not in true Spanish fashion, the festivities were set to end pretty early at 2 AM. Instead of approaching the merriment head-on from the Plaça d’Espanya, we approached from a quiet, lonely side of the mountain where we could vaguely make out the vibrations of some music and felt unsure as to whether we had made a wise decision to spend one of our precious weekend nights in Barcelona at this seemingly unpopular event. It was my first visit to this mountain overlooking the city and, upon reaching the top, not only was I taken aback by the gorgeous views, but I was also in awe of all the locals and young people who had come out in droves and were milling around all over the mountaintop and hanging out on the steps of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. We were excited to find that this art museum had remained open for the special night and was offering free admission to those in attendance. Without a doubt, we could not pass up such a wonderful opportunity. Since we had only given ourselves the chance to spend a little over an hour enjoying the entirety of the Nit de Montjüic, we each decided to pick the exhibit that most intrigued us, split up, and come back together in the lobby in approximately a half hour. I chose to check out the modern art wing and was immediately struck with the beauty of an immense stained glass panel located at the entrance and the feeling of reverence lasted the whole of my exploration; with pieces by Gaudi, Picasso, Camarasa, and many other legendary artists, I could barely contain myself from drooling- just kidding…maybe. Over a half hour later, my friends and I reconvened in the lobby and each raved about what we had just seen. We headed back outside and in the direction of the source of music we had heard before: a huge, live techno show down below. There were moving colorful lights, an excited and jam-packed crowd, a feverish, raging beat, and plenty of “cerveza”- what could be more conducive to a night of incredible fun? We danced on the outskirts of the crowd for a bit and all the way through Plaça d’Espanya to the metro. The atmosphere of the entire night was perfect and exemplified the mixture of culture, fun, spontaneity, and aesthetic splendor that makes Barcelona one of the best cities on earth! I would love to see you all at Montjüic de Nit 2011! However, beware of the tendency to arrive late as it was quite a shame to not have been able to enjoy the entire variety of music, sports, museums, and galleries that the night had to offer 😉

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