I was slightly nervous about gliding a Segway through the narrow, cobbled streets of Barcelona. But, these dogs were barking from traipsing through the roads of London and I was happy to not be hoofing it for the next few hours, instead we were riding in luxury with Barcelona Segway Glides. Ok, maybe not luxury. But, at least I wasn't walking.
The Segway is a self-balancing, electric-powered transportation. Sounds dangerous.
It all started with a 30 minute training session, to make sure pedestrians and ourselves were safe. Good idea.
Learning to ride this two-wheeler was fairly simple, weaving in and out of the small streets of the Gothic Quarter proved to be a bit more challenging. For me.
We made a quick stop for a history lesson of the Roman Tower, a round tower that was used to defend the Eastern part of the roman wall of Barcino.
Edgar was a wealth of information about Barcelona history, worthy attractions and even the best tapas in town.
We headed towards Barceloneta, the beach neighborhood in Ciutat Vella. As we waited at the crosswalk for a green light we noticed words painted on the street.
It translates to "In Barcelona 1 out of 3 dead people in traffic accidents was walking. Warning! All of us are pedestrian."
We hit a large sidewalk, the open road so to speak, yearning to be taken advantage of with the speed of my device.
Hoards of tourists hovered around the Nao Victoria replica which reminded me that there were other modes of transportation if so desired.
There was some concern that we would look like a herd of dorks Segwaying through the streets, but in reality, other people were jealous. Their dogs must be barking too.
One of the most striking structures was the Frank Owen Gehry's shimmering Gold Fish (Peix) in front of Hotel Arts which was built for the 1992 Olympics.
It didn't really look like a fish upon first glance, but from a different angle the curvature of the tail and fins were evident.
After a couple of hours, and an overload of Catalonia facts whirling through my brain, we headed back to our starting point.
Note: Segwaying through Barcelona…priceless. But, it reallys costs €60.
Disclosure: My segway ride was complimentary from Barcelona Segway Glides, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.