Arc de Paella: Food & Culture in Barcelona

Joseph Michael is a student at University of Colorado Boulder and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. He is currently studying abroad with ISA in Barcelona, Spain.

“Arc de what?! Isn’t paella a food?”

You may have heard of it. Maybe not. However, paella is undoubtedly something you will never forget tasting once you eat this iconic Spanish dish. Originating from the Catalonian and Valencian cultures, paella is the most popular plate in Barcelona. Paella, typically served as paella marisco, is a delicious blend of rice, vegetables, seafood and a signature sauce as the base. If you aren’t a fan of seafood do not worry! The same dish in chicken, beef, or vegetarian are equally as memorable for your stomach.

Now that I’ve told you about paella it’s only fitting I tie in the Arc de Triomf. This monument was constructed in 1888 as the main access point into the city of Barcelona. The Arc is very symbolic of the Catalan culture in many ways, namely corresponding to the quote “Barcelona rep les nacions” which translates from Catalan to mean “Barcelona welcomes all nations.” This is reflective of the way I have come to feel from my interactions with this city; I am welcome here. The people are friendly, engaging, and most of all welcoming.

You will fall in love with this city with the great food, the great people, and the great history that is Barcelona.

The world awaits…discover it.

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