By Nancy Todd
The Scoopettes have a love-hate relationship with Las Ramblas, a beautiful tree-lined boulevard extending from Plaza Catalunya to the Mediterranean Sea. This Barcelona Buzz consists of human statues, musicians, artists, and lots of thieves who hang out here. This main drag is filled with tourists in Barcelona for cheap all inclusive holidays off a cruise ship or tour bus. It is one of the most visited sights in the city, and indeed there is a lot to see on Las Ramblas. But, as locals, your Scoopettes are not really fans of this strip and avoid it at all costs.
Pigeons are for sale on Las Ramblas. Now, that is an excellent idea. I hope that every tourist packs a pigeon home to help reduce the pigeon population of Barcelona. Roosters are for sale. Just what I want is a rooster to put under my plane seat to take back as a gift to friends in the States.
In January of 2007, the City Government banned animal vendors. The Catalans I spoke with were upset about this regulation because “it is tradition that animals have been sold here” for 100 years. Animals are still being sold. When you walk The Rambla at night, you can hear claws scratching, chirps, squeaks, and cock-a-doodle-doos as these animals are closed up in their kiosks supposedly to get some shut eye.The Scoop experts relay this knowledge so you don’t think you are hallucinating. There is someone I am mad at and I am going to buy them a fat pigeon.