Once they were supplied with a sewage system, the two sidewalks, the side roads and the central promenade looked as they are now, and so, on Las Ramblas (the well-known ones, those that divided the center of the city in two), there were established stores, Theaters, restaurants, schools and a University, and some flowers and animals kiosks in the central promenade. All Barcelonans from all neighborhoods began to go there. At first it was empty only at night, but like the torrent that flowed in its beginnings, a river of people did not cease to “ramble” day and night, even today: the people of the neighborhood, merchants, workers, bartenders, workers of the Liceu, prostitutes, trade unionists, street artists, tourists, opportunists… “All social classes, races and ethnic groups together in the same street, doing anything and at anytime”, this began to be the definition of the Ramblas.
People began to talk about it as if it were something from our environment: “yesterday there were not so many people”, or “in the higher part is hotter…”, or “these artists are very good…”. As in the Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh, the Ramblas of Barcelona took on a life of their own, it became a feast for the senses and people from all over the world came en masse to walk by it to see “what going on, what was happening on Las Ramblas… “.
“Rambling” always was, should be and will be a time to observe, learn, share and live. Let nothing or no one take the “rambling” from us!