In these chaotic times, maybe Catalonia should sit this one out
Though I am no Michael Palin when it comes to international travel and adventure, I have been to Barcelona several times, and I have even rambled through other parts of Catalonia.
We have all been going to Barcelona and greater Catalonia for a long time now. Virtually anyone who has left Ireland for recreational purposes has been there, at least once.
I went there for the first time in 1991, when they were digging up the streets in Barcelona in preparation for the Olympics the following year. And now that I think of it, on that trip I saw Jimmy Magee strolling down Las Ramblas, deducing straight away that the Memory Man was on a top-level reconnaissance mission, making his own preparations for the Games, whatever they might be.