So I know this isn’t going to be the fairest of tests, considering I’ve spent a total of 5 days in Spain (aka Barcelona) and months and months in Italy (aka all of Italy). And I have Italian blood and am partial to all things Italian. But that’s not going to stop me from making judgments and generalizations.
Round 1: Coffee
Winner: SPAIN! So yeah, everyone always thinks of Italian coffee as pretty much the greatest. And it is really great. But caffe con leche (coffee with milk) is the most unbelievable hot beverage you will ever have. Just enough caffe part, just enough leche part, for the most satisfying, bold, and perfectly-creamy thing you could ever drink. Cappucino’s are great, but something they’re a little too creamy n frothy.
Round 2: Bread
Winner: ITALY! This one was pretty easy. Spain’s bread has just not impressed me. It’s alright and all but it doesn’t have any distinctive characteristics have yet to eat a piece of bread that has really lit my fire. I don’t think it is necessary to elaborate further on Italian bread. Yummmmmmmmm.
Round 3: Abundance/Quality of Old People
Winner: TIE! I’ve noticed that Barcelona is overrun by old people (in the best possible sense of “overrun”) doing their shopping, sitting on benches, and drinking their coffees. This reminds me a lot of Italian towns, which are also dominated by our grey-haired friends. As for quality, all of the old people I have encountered in Italy and Spain have been just charming.
Round 4: Beauty
Winner: ITALY! As I said before, I have only been to Barcelona, so I cannot judge the beauty of Spain as a whole, but compared to any major city in Italy, Barcelona just doesn’t hold up. It kinda reminds me of LA or something–it’s very sprawled out and has less of an old-timey feel than its Italian counterparts. And the beach in Barca isn’t nearly as blue as they are on the coast of Italy.
So I think those are all the important categories. Coffee, bread, abundance/quality of old people, and beauty. After much deliberation and careful analysis, it appears that Italy is the winner.