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Trip Report Spanish Civil War Tour in Barcelona

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This part of the trip report felt so important that I want to give it it's own post. We both are fascinated by history in all it's forms, and even if you aren't you may want to consider this one - it shines a light on our modern age in a way that most of us aren't exposed to. We had looked at doing a tour in Madrid, but the timing didn't work out and I'm glad we held out for this one. Nick Lloyd (a former Brit, now Barcelona resident) from Iberianature.com leads the 4+ hour tour http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/

The cost was 25E each and well worth every penny. We met our group at Zurich cafe at the top of the Ramblas - the ten plus people on this tour were all British or American, but he said he gets people from all over the world, many with personal connections to the struggle. One thing that was very nice in this heat was that there wasn't a lot of actual walking - maybe within a five square block area. We would walk to a location where something had happened, and then he would tell the story, show pictures and share the stories of the real people who took part. His passion and knowledge are extensive and he cares deeply that the world should know what happened here and why. He covered the background, the political currents and factions of the day, the progress of the war and why things happened, and showed oodles of photos. Every once in a while we would go to a cafe where the owner clearly was holding the space for him, order coffee or whatever and sit in the cool while the talk continued. At the end he shared the heartbreaking stories of what happened both to Catalunya and Barcelona and the people who fled over the pyranees only to end up in concentration camps in France, and the members of the International Brigade, a fourth of whom died in the war, and 3/4 of whom were dead by the end of WWII. It is a chilling story, and one I believe that has important lessons for our times (IMHO)

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