There is a lot to be proud of here in Barcelona. If I'm not mistaken, Spain was one of the first countries (if not THE first) to legalize gay marriage back in 2005. Barcelona brings together people from all over the world especially latin america with hopes of starting a new life away from poverty, violence and corruption. Some people come here to escape the cold, others come here to tap into the Catalan/Spanish way of life. It's a city of many colours. It's a city that accepts everyone for who they are (most of the time anyway). Surely everyone has something to be proud of.
Sant Joan celebrations. People gather as bon fire of wood, old furniture etc is in full action. You can feel the intensity of the heat meters away. Felt a bit like a civil war going down. But being in Catalunya I wouldn't be surprised. Anything is posible. Firecrackers going off every few seconds...all night long. It is regarded as one of the top 3 holidays here, after Christmas and New Years. In fact taxi fares include a supplement of 3.50EUR after 20:00 and 5EUR after midnight. An expensive night. We spent our night on a lovely terrace down the street but most locals and tourists were at the beach. A lovely night, complete with all the key ingredients of life: food, booze and good company. What more do you need?!