Four Days: Barcelona

Four Days in Europe

MP’s Irish connection sorts through the rubble

Thursday, July 7: Bombs rip through the London public transit system at the morning rush hour, killing more than 50 people and injuring 700.

Friday, July 8: I’m headed to Barcelona for the weekend. Anticipating chaos at the Dublin airport, I arrive three hours before my flight. To my surprise, the check-in process is only moderately slower than usual: a few extra pat-downs, some delayed flights.

Saturday, July 9: I arrive in Barcelona to a city that seems almost smug. Spaniards crowd the streets, carrying shopping bags and sipping cava beneath colorful umbrellas. Since last year’s commuter train attacks in Madrid, to which the London bombings are frequently compared, Spain has withdrawn its troops and been left alone. Though it remains a U.S. ally, the headlining story of the Catalonian daily reads “Politico de Silencio” and debates who’ll be hit next: Denmark or Italy.

MP Contributing Editor Leslie Wylie is in Dublin for seven weeks interning at Hot Press magazine and completing research for her graduate thesis in journalism.

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